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"I can't help but grin as I realize my expectations have been exceeded - traveling to the passionate city of London, feeling daily enthusiasm for my job, meeting people who can share their life tales with me and show me the ropes to create my own adventures, and sharing the entire experience with a group of Columbia students all unique and fascinating who laugh along with me as we live and we learn." 

- Nayia Moysidis, CEO London intern

 

CEO Hong Kong

CEO Beijing

 

CEO Shanghai

CEO London

 

CEO Singapore

  

CEO Amman

 

CEO Mumbai

 



Program Overview

The Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program offers Columbia students high quality internship experiences in a diverse array of industries in Amman, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai and Singapore through alumni and employer partnerships. As globalization increases, international cultural exposure and work experiences become more important to successfully navigating and meeting the demands of the changing work environment.

Program Features

The CEO internship program is a combination of gaining full time work experience over the summer in an international location, immersing yourself in new, exciting experiences, connecting with Columbia alumni, networking with professionals and learning about career opportunities. Program features include the following: 

  • Pre-program training that includes a program overview, guest speaker presentations, goal setting workshops with the support of a career counseling professional, a chance to speak with past participants of the program and discuss any logistical questions with the program manager.
  • Eight-week summer internship, Mid-June - early August
  • Housing with other CEO interns provided by CCE (required)
  • Alumni Club mentor to provide personal and professional guidance and support throughout the summer. 
  • Social and networking events with the Alumni Club as an opportunity to meet other mentors, Columbia alumni and network with professionals.
  • End-of-Program Reflection Session that includes evaluation of the internship experience, goal attainment analysis and larger career development discussion.
  • Financial Support for travel and visa fees (on a case-by-case basis). For more information on budgeting for your CCE summer internship, click here.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the CEO program, students will have gained substantive international work experience and cross-cultural skills. Students will also have had opportunities to network with professionals and active Columbia alumni in an international setting. Finally, with the support of a career counseling professional, students will be able to reflect upon their internship and articulate their experiences to highlight key transferable skills.

Opportunities

View our summer opportunities page to see the list of CEO positions currently available in LionSHARE.  In addition, you can search for city-specific opportunities in LionSHARE by searching "CEOCityName" (e.g. "CEOHongKong").  The deadline for summer 2015 CEO positions is Sunday, February 8, 2015.

Student Experiences

Want to hear first hand accounts from students who participated in the Columbia Experience Overseas program? Click a city to view student reflections of their CEO experiences!

Information Sessions

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014
5:00pm-6:00pm
Center for Career Education, Conference Room

Register Here

Thursday, January 29th 2015
5:00pm-6:00pm
CCE Conference Room

Register Here

Apply Now

Eligibility/Application Process

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Contacts

If you have general questions about the program, please reach out to any of the staff members below. For city-specific questions, contact the appropriate program manager listed.

Heather Perceval
Associate Dean, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
hjc2105@columbia.edu

Jennie Preis (CEO London)
Senior Associate Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
jlc2228@columbia.edu

Jill Burya (CEO Amman)
Associate Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
jb3412@columbia.edu  

Laura Maltz (CEO Mumbai)
Associate Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
ljm2167@columbia.edu

Emily Rosenberg (CEO Shanghai, CEO Beijing)
Assistant Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
er2572@columbia.edu

Philip Grace (CEO Singapore, CEO Hong Kong)
Program Counselor, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises
ppg2105@columbia.edu

Looking for additional International Opportunities to work, volunteer, teach or research? Click here to learn about resources at Columbia and outside of Columbia that can take you around the world.

These must be submitted through LionSHARE for each position of interest. Please note that some positions may have additional requirements, which are listed in the application instructions for the position in LionSHARE.
The application deadline will be in mid-November. Please check this page in Fall 2011 for the most up-to-date information regarding the application process.