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Columbia Exploration Externship (CEE)

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First-hand industry experience for first-year students

ex· tern· ship (noun) \’ek-stern-ship\

A short, practical experience in a specific field or industry of interest

Program Overview

The Columbia Exploration Externship (CEE) is an exciting opportunity offered by the Center for Career Education (CCE) for the third year in the spring of 2014.  This externship program is designed to provide students early in their college career the opportunity to gain exposure to the professional world.  Externships for the 2014 year will be held in the greater New York City area during spring break week.  As part of the program, there will be a variety of industries represented and students will be able to indicate industry preferences in their applications. 

Program Features

The CEE program is an opportunity to shadow and observe a career professional/alumnus in an industry of interest and explore future career opportunities.  Program features include the following:

  • Pre-program training that includes tips on making the most of the externship experience, professional dress and etiquette, networking and career goal setting.
  • Externship experience for three/four days during spring break where students will be able to work alongside a career professional to gain an understanding of an area of interest.  
  • End-of-Program Reflection session where students meet to discuss experience and next steps of career-mapping.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the CEE program, students will have had the opportunity to shadow a professional/alumnus and gain exposure to a career field of interest.  This experience will add to their knowledge of how to apply their academics in a workplace setting.  They will also begin to make career connections and successfully build and sustain their professional network.  With the support of the CCE, the student will be able to learn how to assess fit in a particular field and expand their understanding of possible career paths.

Opportunities

There will be a job posting on LionSHARE, titled "Columbia Exploration Externship - CEE2014," available the beginning of January 2014.

Information Sessions

Learn more about CEE and other resources for first year students to explore professional interests and opportunities.

Friday, December 6, 2013 2:30-3:30
CCE Conference Room
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Thursday, January 23, 2014 1:30-2:30
CCE Conference Room
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Eligibility

You must be a currently enrolled full-time first-year undergraduate student at Columbia College or The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science or you must be a currently enrolled full-time first-year student at the School of General Studies.

How to Apply

  1. Submit your resume and essay answers through Lionshare. Find the posting by searching Keyword: "CEE2014" or Job ID: 129391
  2. Submit your personal information and industry preferences through the online application.

Once your application materials and form are submitted, your information will be reviewed by a committee. If you are selected for the program, you will be matched with an industry of your choice and receive more information about the employer, organization, and the externship details!


Timeline

December & January
On-campus CEE Information Sessions

Early January
CEE application available

February 2, 2014
Application deadline for CEE and student commitment to the program requested with application

February 14, 2014
Offers made to candidates selected for the program

March 13 & 14, 2014
Pre-program trainings (participants required to attend one session)

March 17 – 21, 2014
CEE Program dates

March 25, 2014
Post-program reflection

FAQs

What is the difference between an externship and an internship?

An externship is an experiential opportunity designed to give you a SHORT, PRACTICAL perspective of a specific field or industry of interest.  The following “catch phrases” often go hand-in-hand with describing externships:
• Mini internship
• Exploration
• Shadow
• Learn by observation
• Orient yourself to an industry, organization, workplace environment
• Informational

Externships are typically an unpaid experience.

Who is eligible to participate in this program?

The Columbia Exploration Externship Program (CCEE) is open to first year students only from Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and General Studies.

What resources will I be provided in order to be best prepared for the externship experience?

Prospective externs will have the opportunity to attend a information sessions in November and January to learn more about what an externship consists of and why/how you can use an experiential opportunity like this to start thinking about your career.  Once selected as an extern, you will receive:
• A pre-professional workshop prior to the externship consisting of how to make the most of the externship, setting goals for the externship period, etiquette in the office environment, what networking means and how to start approaching it
• A guide to making the most of your externship with resources compiled from CCE
• A session at the completion of your externship to unpack your experience and to help you think about and articulate next steps in your career development

What might I do during the externship?

• Sit in on company staff meetings and other functions
• Complete office tasks or assist with projects
• Conduct informational interviews of both professional and administrative staff
• Observe client interactions
• Observe functions and duties of a particular career
• Tour the facilities
• Review organization’s mission/vision statement and organizational charts
• Understand office policies and procedures
• Review current trends in the profession
• Explore potential career paths within the organization and the profession
• Meet with key players of the organization
• Assist with research projects, proofreading, editing

How would I be selected for the extern program?

The Center for Career Education (CCE) will conduct a thorough screening of applicants and work as a committee to select and match externs with participating organizations. You will then be contacted by a member of CCE with your application status and, if selected for the program, you will be connected with your externship host.

Are there costs to participate in this program?

Externs will be responsible for their expenses including, transportation, meals, and lodging if necessary. This is an unpaid program.

Program Contacts

For all questions about the CEE program, please feel free to contact:

Laura Maltz
Assistant Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
ljm2167@columbia.edu

Emily Rosenberg
Assistant Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
er2572@columbia.edu

Alumni and Employers

For all alumni and employers interested in being a host for the CEE program, please click on the link below for relevant information and the host form:
http://www.careereducation.columbia.edu/findajob/cce-internship/cee/cee-alumni-and-employer