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Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP)



Program Overview

The Science, Technology, Engineering Program (STEP) enables students to connect with a Columbia alumni mentor, receive additional career support and build a network of students working in the STEM fields in parallel with a summer internship experience.   Students can apply to a designated CCESTEP position on LionSHARE or secure their own opportunity as an Opt-in applicant to enjoy all programmatic STEP benefits.

Program Features

STEP Participants will receive the following benefits throughout his or her summer internship:

  • Optional Mock Interviews with CCE counselors to prepare students for a formal interview process
  • Pre-Program Training which includes pre-program overview, internship guidance, goal setting and more
  • Build Your Network with fellow STEP students and alumni
  • Summer Internship June 2015- August 2015 (dates to be finalized and determined based on employer requirements and needs)
  • Alumni Mentoring which will provide personal and professional guidance and support throughout the summer 
  • End of Program "Reflection Session" which includes learning how to further translate the internship on a resume, cover letter and in an interview.  In addition, the session will focus on furthering your career exploration as it relates to the internship experience

Program Benefits

Upon completion of STEP, students will have gained substantive work experience and developed key professional and practical skills. Students will have had opportunities to network with professionals and Columbia alumni. With the support of a career counselor, students will also be able to reflect upon their internship and articulate their experiences to highlight key transferable skills.


There are two ways to become involved in the STEP Program:

  • Secure Your Own Internship (Opt-in) and apply to be part of the STEP program.

  • Obtain a STEP Internship (Pre-Approved) by accepting a “CCESTEP” position posted on LionSHARE

Opt-In STEP Participant:

Did you receive an internship?  Congrats!  Once you secure your own science, technology or engineering internship for the summer, you are eligible to apply as an Opt-in STEP Student.  As an Opt-in STEP Student, you will receive all STEP benefits upon acceptance of the Opt-in STEP documents.  Space is limited, so apply early.  The deadline is:  and the deadline is March 29, 2015.  Apply Now.

Pre-Approved STEP Participant:

Throughout the fall and spring, certain science, technology & engineering positions will be labeled "CCESTEP" on LionSHARE.  To be a Pre-Approved STEP Student, you must apply and be accepted into a “CCESTEP” position that is posted on LionSHARE.  At that point, you will be automatically enrolled in the STEP Program to receive all benefits.  To search for these positions, keyword search “CCESTEP.”  All STEP internships will be posted on a rolling basis throughout the fall and spring in LionSHARE.  

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be available for students to learn more about the STEP Program, as well as the variety of other CCE-Sponsored Summer Internship Programs.  Please see dates and times below for more information:

December 3, 2014
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Career Resource Center, Center for Career Education
Register Here

January 29, 2015
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Career Resource Center, Center for Career Education
Register Here

Sample of Previous STEP Participants:

Please note that many of the following employers hire students from various academic programs.  The list below simply indicates the area of study of the most recent STEP Program participant.

Employer Major(s)
Arcadis Mechanical Engineering
Arup Various Engineering Majors
Bio-Rad Chemical Engineering
Boyce Thompson Research Institute Various Engineering Majors
The Boeing Company Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering
Chemtura Corporation Chemical Engineering
Columbia University, Department of Biological Sciences Undecided Majors
Columbia University, Department of Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering, Sustainable Development
DAAD Rise Program Mechanical Engineering,
Department of Transportation Civil Engineering, Construction Management
Google Computer Science, Electrical Engineering
Hazen and Sawyer Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Infosys Corporation Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering
Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research Biomedical Engineering
Kaptur Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Metro North Railroad Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
PepsiCo, Inc. Civil Engineering
Procter & Gamble Civil Engineering, Operations Research
The National Institutes of Health Undecided Majors
Thornton Tomasetti Civil Engineering
VMware Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science

    Student Experiences:


    Intern: Katherina Barguil, SEAS 2015

    Position & Employer: Summer Aquatic Intern, Prospect Park Alliance

    Location: New York, NY

    Browse Katherina’s artistic blog about her summer internship at the Prospect Park Alliance.

    Intern: Mike Defeo, SEAS 2013

    Position & Employer: Intern, Citi

    Location: New York, NY

    Check out Mike’s memorable blog about his summer with Citi in the City!


    Intern: Jennifer Lam, SEAS 2016

    Position & Employer: Materials Science Research Intern, Columbia University

    Location: New York, NY

    Visit Jennifer’s scientific-style reflection about her summer as a Materials Science Research Intern at Columbia University.

    Intern: Jiaqi Liu, SEAS 2014

    Position & Employer: Software Intern, Kaptur

    Location: New York, NY

    Read Jiaqi’s captivating blog about her summer with Kaptur!


    Intern: Ziqian Liu, SEAS 2014

    Position & Employer: Global Risk Summer Analyst, Citigroup

    Location: New York, NY

    Check out Ziqian’s cinematic video about interning as a Global Risk Analyst at Citigroup.


    Program Contacts

    If you have questions about the program, please contact:

    Jill Burya
    Associate Director, Experiential Education & Student Enterprises

    Patrick Smith
    Senior Associate Director, Outreach