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"I specifically came to Columbia yearning to take advantage of the arts mecca that embodies New York City, and after this internship experience, I finally feel not only connected to the arts network, but also ready to take on more."
-Adina Levin, CAE intern 

Program Overview

The Columbia Arts Experience (CAE) internship program is sponsored by the Columbia University Center for Career Education (CCE) in partnership with the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. Launched in the 2007-2008 academic year, CAE provides selected students with a New York-based internship in the arts. CAE interns participate in special events and educational programming designed to help students explore career possibilities in the arts industry.

CAE interns can find opportunities in the following fields listed below.  Internships for the 2014 year will be posted in the fall on a rolling basis on LionSHARE. 

  • Architecture
  • Arts Administration
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Music
  • New Media
  • Television
  • Theatre
  • Writing/Media/Publishing

Program Features

The CAE program is a combination of internship experience at an arts organization, peer connections with other CAE interns and professional career development and support with a career counselor. Program features include the following: 

  • Pre-program training that includes program overview, professional skills workshops, panel discussion from arts professionals, and Q & A session with previous CAE interns.
  • Twelve-week internship for 10-20 hours per week during the spring semester. 
  • Mid-semester dinner with other interns to discuss and debrief on internship experiences.
  • One-on-one career counseling appointments throughout the ten weeks to support and enhance the internship experience.
  • End-of-program reflection session where students and employers meet to acknowledge achievements made through the program. 

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the CAE program, students will have gained a richer understanding of the arts industry in New York City and will have gained substantive professional experience working at some of the premier arts institutions of the world. Students will have learned about a wide variety of career possibilities, had opportunities to network with arts professionals and other CAE interns, and gained a more in-depth understanding of and appreciation for the many facets of an arts organization. With the support of a career counseling professional, students will also be able to articulate their experience and reflect upon their internship experience appropriately to highlight key transferable skills.

Opportunities

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD FOR SELECT OPPORTUNTIES!

To view all current positions available through CCE's Spring Internship Programs, click here.

Student Experiences

2013 CAE Interns


CAE Intern Bintu Conteh gained valuable experience in the entertainment industry at The Apollo Theater. Read Bintu's insightful reflection about her experience.


CAE Intern Stephanie Gozali worked as a Chamber Intern at the Motyl Chamber Ensemble.  Read Stephanie's colorful reflection about her experience.


CAE Intern Elliot Kwon explored his interests in arts administration and architecture as an Arts Administration Intern at the Center for Architecture Foundation. Read Elliot's enriching reflection about his experience.

CAE Intern Percy Stubbs had a first hand look at the daily operation of the New Yorker through his work as an Advertising Intern. Read Percy's insights and reflection about his experience.

Former CAE Interns


CAE Intern Martha Scott Burton interned at Dance/NYC for the spring of 2012.
Read more about a "day in the life" of her internship on Storify as she shares her experience working at the annual NYC Dance Symposium.

CAE Intern Jason Mogen wanted to gain more exposure to the marketing and music industry.
Read more about his incredible internship experience at Carnegie Hall here.


CAE Intern Yuan Kai Steven Tsai, had an interest in learning more about the research and business aspect of the arts industry.
Read more about his experience working at PS122 here.
 

Information Sessions

Please attend one information session to learn more about CAE as well as other CCE Spring Internship Programs (CCIA and VIP).

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

12:00pm - 1:00pm

CCE Conference Room

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Monday, October 21st, 2013

5:00pm - 6:00pm

CCE Conference Room

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Eligibility/Application Process
Frequently Asked Questions

Program Contacts

If you have questions about the CAE program, please feel free to contact:

Jill Burya
Associate Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
jb3412@columbia.edu

Philip Grace
Program Counselor, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
ppg2105@columbia.edu

If you are an employer interested in hosting a student through the Columbia Arts Experience program, please contact:

Vernon Gibbs
Outreach Specialist of Employer & Alumni Relations
vdg4@columbia.edu