Columbia University Internship Network (CU In)
"This summer in California was a learning and growing experience for me. The most important thing that I have learned is that a huge part of being successful, and more importantly, enriching your life, is fostering relationships with good people."
-Samantha Seto, Columbia University Internship Network Member
The Columbia University Internship Network (CU In) offers undergraduate & graduate students the opportunity to connect with other Columbia students and alumni while living and/or interning for the Summer in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC!
Through interning in these cities and joining the CU In Network, you have the opportunity to:
- Explore a career field through mentorship and networking opportunties
- Polish your networking and professional skills by connecting with alumni and employers within a global Columbia network
- Connect with a mentor in a city you may end up living in after graduation
- Participate in fun activities with fellow Columbia students before and during your summer experience
CCE works to find internship opportunities in CU In cities--Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. You can apply for these positions through LionShare, or find positions in these cities through your own search. Once you've secured a position, sign up for the network in your city for access to:
- An alumni mentor to provide personal and professional guidance and support throughout the summer
- A built-in community of Columbia students in your city
- Opportunities to connect to alumni and employers in the area
- Recommended housing & roommate connections
- Fun activities around the city planned by Columbia students
- Several resources, including a CU In budget, that will support you in your CU In experience.
*While many of the participants of the CU In Network will be engaged in internships over the summer, you are still eligable to join the network even if you're not interning if you have an interest in exploring careers through mentorship, networking, and attending industry-related events.*
How to Get Involved
There are two ways for students to be involved in CU In:
- Apply to be a CU In AMBASSADOR - 1 or 2 students in each city will be given a $500 stipend as well as a CCE-provided budget, and will work with their city's Columbia Alumni Club to develop activities for the network throughout the summer. The deadline to apply for an Ambassador position in Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. The position will be posted on Lionshare towards the end of the Fall semester so please check back then.
- Join the network as a member! - The deadline to join the network and be paired with an alumni mentor is Sunday, March 30th, 2014. The CU In Network registration form will go live here towards the end of the fall semester so please check back then.
To find an internship in a CU In city, search by city (or state, which will include surrounding areas) on LionShare, or find a position on your own. Then join the CU In Network to be connected to fellow students and alumni in your internship city. *Please note that CU In has networks in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
Meet the 2013 CU In Ambassadors!
Statements of Impact
|“As a rising junior, CU In was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about the career I hope to pursue post-graduation and meet other Columbia alumni already in that industry. For the past two summers I have been matched with dedicated and successful mentors who have taught me a lot about pre-professional life and industry. I consider their guidance and friendship integral to my future career path. Being a part of the In Network made me aware of the Columbia alumni presence throughout the country and alerted me to the immense and diverse group of professionals eager to help Columbia students. If not for CU In I would not have been aware of Alumni club and similar resources in the Los Angeles area. The connections and friendships I made through the network are truly invaluable and it is comforting to know these resources exist for Columbia students. As an ambassador in the program I was able to meet many of my peers in a new context and engage with the Columbia community in my home city. It was nice to meet other students...in a non-New York context, in many ways, the network felt like a pre-alumni club. Overall, CU In has been an incredibly beneficial experience that I am sure will continue to impact me even after I graduate.”
- Miranda Pacheco, CC 2015, Columbia University Internship Network Ambassador
"I met students with similar interests with whom I've compared interview and internship notes since we arrive back on campus and in general I feel more connected to the Columbia community after chilling with its summer diaspora. A dinner with a venture capitalist and Columbia alum yielded unconventional advice and a lively discussion that touched on politics, economics, education and technology. I got to know several alumni who are not only working in a city I hope to move to after graduation but are in my specific field of interest, so I feel more confident in my bicoastal professional network as well."
- Samara Trilling, CC 2015, Columbia University Internship Network Ambassador
“I think that I benefitted primarily from the CU In...experience in two ways. The first was direct, in that [as an ambassador] I had the opportunity to conceptualize, organize, and the market events for the CU In community....On the other hand, I think another way that the CU In...experience was helpful from a personal perspective was the heightened opportunity to interact with alumni. I definitely feel like the alumni I met through the program, whether as a direct result of the mentorship matching, or through...alumni who I met by using CU In as a platform, these alumni were great personal connections...In particular, my own mentor for the summer ...had followed a very similar career path to accomplishing milestones in her entrepreneurial pursuits that I looked up to [her] a great deal, and I never would have met her outside of the CU In program.”- Kevin Zhang, CC 2014, Columbia University Internship Network Ambassador
"Leading the Columbia University Internship Network...was a learning experience and adventure. The Ambassador position provided many opportunities to develop skills in organization, communication, and problem solving. These qualities are highly transferable, and from being a Network Ambassador, I feel confident to take future positions in networking and event planning. My favorite Ambassador activity: connecting students with alumni for dinner or conference calls. The alumni were kind and gracious, and the students were excited to meet...Columbia graduates. Being a CU In Ambassador was a highlight of my summer, and I definitely recommend that students apply for the role!"
- Andelyn Marie Russell, SEAS 2016, Columbia University Internship Network Ambassador
CU In Chats (to learn more about the Columbia University Internship Network)
CU In Chats are an opportunity to learn more about the CU In Program in a one-on-one or in a small group setting at CCE. The CU In Program Manager will be present and former CU In student network members will be on hand to speak with you about their experience. Attendance is not required at a CU In Chat to participate in the CU In Program. Should you wish to learn more in advance of these CU In Chats, please do not hesitate to contact the CU In Program Manager, Laura Maltz, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 10, 2014
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Career Resource Center, Center for Career Education
March 27, 2014
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Career Resource Center, Center for Career Education
If you have questions about the program, please contact:
Assistant Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises