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Summer CCE Network (SCCEN)


  "This summer 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, Summer CCE Network Member 

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Program Overview

The Summer CCE Network (SCCEN) formerly know as 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. The Summer CCE Network is truly the place to see and be SCCEN!

Through living and/or interning in these cities and joining SCCEN, you have the opportunity to:

  • Explore a career field through mentorship and networking opportunities
  • 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

Program Features

CCE works to find internship opportunities in SCCEN 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 SCCEN budget, that will support you in your SCCEN experience.

*While many of the participants of SCEEN will be engaged in internships over the summer, you are still eligible to join the network even if you're not interning but 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 SCCEN:

    • Apply to be a SCCEN 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 application period has now closed for our SCCEN Ambassador role.***
    • Join the network as a member! - Registration to join the Summer CCE Network is now open. The deadline to join the network is Sunday, March 29th, 2015.

      To find an internship in a SCCEN city, search by city (or state, which will include surrounding areas) on LionShare, or find a position on your own. Once you know you are going to be living and/or working in a SCEEN city this summer, join the SCCEN Network to be connected to fellow students and alumni in that city. *Please note that SCEEN has networks in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. While some network members will be completing internships, you do not need to be interning to join and participate in the network.

      Meet the 2014 SCCEN Ambassadors!



      Katherine Kester, CC 2017, has been a lifelong resident of Wellesley, Massachusetts. A prospective Biology major, Katie spends much of her time outside of class volunteering with Camp Kesem, a free camp Columbia students put together for children whose parents have been affected by cancer.  In addition, she loves to dance and dances with Orchesis and Columbia University Ballet Ensemble on campus. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with friends (especially on those late night JJ’s runs). This summer, she is excited to work on congenital heart disease research and share her favorite spots in Boston with her fellow network members.


      Madeline Linde, SEAS 2017, has lived in the Greater Boston area all of her life. She is a freshman in SEAS with an intended major of Electrical engineering with a concentration in Computer Science. She is currently a member of the Division 1 women’s Varsity Soccer Team and a mentor in the program Level the Field, a non-profit organization run through Columbia Athletics. In her spare time she likes to try every different cuisine she can get her hands on and explore each crevice of the city. This summer she will be interning at the One Lab at MIT researching organic and nano-structured electronics. As an Ambassador of the Boston Network, she wants to foster relationships among current students and alumni. Go Sox!


       Iris Chijioke, CC 2016, is an Economics major from Corona, California, and a loyal fan to the Los Angeles Lakers. A student athlete at Columbia, she spends much of her time outside of class on the track, and is also a member of the Black Student Union on campus. She loves finding ways to be entertained and enjoys watching TV and movies, playing basketball, eating, and making people laugh. This summer she is excited to serve as an intern for a non-profit organization, and is looking forward to forming new friendships with students through helping to establish connections with alumni in one of the greatest cities of America.


      Theodora Davis, CC 2017, a Neuroscience major at Columbia, interned with AtomRain, a software engineering company, in Los Angeles as a high school student. She also interned at Coolhaus, an innovative ice cream manufacturer and retailer, before entering Columbia this year. As the head of the Community Council at her high school, Theodora worked intimately with various non-profit organizations around the Los Angeles community. Theodora also served as a Student Ambassador at her high school, interacting with prospective students and alumni. At Columbia, she continued as a liaison for prospective students as the Coordinator for the Overnight Visit Program and as a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. In the fall, she became a member of the Community Impact Leadership Program and of the Culinary Society. Theodora spends time each week teaching computer skills and technological understanding to senior men and women around the city. In her free time, she enjoys film and a good meal. Theodora is very excited to get to know Los Angeles even better and to bridge her Columbia community with her hometown!




      Melissa Kaufman-Gomez, CC 2017, hails from Sunnyvale, CA, where yes, it is sunny for an enviable portion of the year. As a prospective Computer Science and Dance major, she enjoys finding intersections in seemingly polar ideas by bringing different fields into conversation. She has been dancing since she could walk, and is involved with the Dance Department and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. She also enjoys working with the Multicultural Recruitment Committee and in the Speech Lab of the Computer Science Department under Professor Julia Hirschberg. In her spare time, Melissa conducts highly important foodie research on Yelp, reads, and jams to her eclectic Spotify playlists. This summer, she looks forward to dancing, working in computer science, and helping to connect Columbians while rediscovering the beautiful Bay Area.


      Emmanuel Walton, CC 2017, is an Economics-Philosophy major at Columbia. Through serving as the co-founder and Teacher’s Assistant for his high school’s first Architecture Independent Study, Emmanuel has had the opportunity to shadow several architecture firms in the Bay Area, and to help educate other students on how to create portfolios and models. During his first year at Columbia, he became a member and Treasurer of Columbia SHARP (Columbia’s newest all male a Capella group), he became a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, and during his spring break, Emmanuel stayed in New York and participated in the Columbia University Exploration Externship Program with Novitá Communications. As an Ambassador of the San Francisco Network, he is excited to put his leadership skills to the test, and to serve an active role in fostering long-lasting connections between Columbia students and local alumni.







      Alexandria O'Keefe, CC 2017, is a native of New Hampshire returning to D.C. this summer for her second internship in government. She is a Political Science major studying international relations and comparative politics and concentrating in anthropology. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing and being outside. She currently writes for the Columbia Daily Spectator and is involved in a number of current events discussion groups, including the Roosevelt Institute and Dorm Room Diplomacy. She is also a hiking leader with the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program  (COOP). As an Ambassador of the Washington, D.C. Network, she is excited to help students explore future careers and connect with alumni, and facilitate mutually beneficial relationships through fun meet-ups and events.


      Betty Tesfaye, GS 2017, has lived in the Washington D.C. area for the past 8 years. Prior to moving to Washington D.C. she lived in Canada and Ethiopia, where she received first-hand knowledge of intersecting cultures and customs. Balancing work and school has provided her with multifaceted skills such as money and time-management, goal-oriented focus, and a willingness to learn an array of skill sets. Betty is currently working towards a Bachelors of Arts Degree at Columbia while exploring possible career paths. She is the treasure of the Ethiopian/Eritrean Student Association (EESA). As an ambassador of the Washington D.C. Network, she is excited to help students explore career paths through connections with alumni and help them facilitate a relationship with other students in Columbia University that will be in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2014.  


      Statements of Impact

      “As a rising junior, SCEEN 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 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 SCCEN 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 a non-New York context, in many ways, the network felt like a pre-alumni club. Overall, SCEEN has been an incredibly beneficial experience that I am sure will continue to impact me even after I graduate.” 

      - Miranda Pacheco, CC 2015, Summer CCE 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, Summer CCE 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, Summer CCE 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, Summer CCE Network Ambassador



      Please attend one information session to learn more about SCCEN as well as other CCE Summer Programs (CCASSIP, CEO, and STEP).


      December 3, 2014

      5:00pm - 6:00pm

      CCE Conference Room

      Register Here


      January 29, 2015

      5:00pm - 6:00pm

      CCE Conference Room

      Register Here


      Program Contact

      If you have questions about the program, please contact:

      Laura Maltz
      Associate Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises