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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.  The 2015 STEP application is now closed.  Check back in fall 2015 for more information regarding next year's application process.

  • 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.  2015 STEP DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL APRIL 12th.  Space is limited, so apply early.  The 2015 STEP application is now closed.  Check back in fall 2015 for more information regarding next year's application process.

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) Employer Major(s)
Arcadis Mechanical Engineering Infosys Corporation Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering
Arup Various Engineering Majors Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research Biomedical Engineering 
Boyce Thompson Research Institute Various Engineering Majors Johnson and Johnson Chemical Engineering 
The Boeing Company Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering Kaptur Electrical Engineering, Computer Science 
Chemtura Corporation Chemical Engineering Metro North Railroad Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering 
Columbia University, Department of Biological Sciences Undecided Majors Microsoft  Computer Science 
Columbia University Medical Center Neuroscience Moody's Analytics Operations Research 
DAAD Rise Program Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics National Institute of Health  Biomedical Engineering 
Department of Transportation Civil Engineering, Construction Management PepsiCo, Inc.  Civil Engineering 
Environmental Defense Fund Earth  & Environmental Engineering Procter & Gamble Civil Engineering, Operations Research 
Exxonmobil Chemical Engineering Regeneron Pharmaceuticals  Biomedical Engineering 
Google Computer Science, Electrical Engineering National Institute of Health  Undecided Majors 
Hazen and Sawyer Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Thornton Tomasetti Civil Engineering
Hunter Roberts Construction Group Civil Engineering VMware Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
idTech Applied Mathematics    

    Student Experiences

    Christa Shen_STEP Intern

    Intern: Christa Shen, CC 2016

    Position & Employer: Research Intern, Southern Illinois Univeristy 

    Location: Carbondale, IL

    Look through Christa's blog detailing her time as a research intern.

    Katy Su_STEPIntern

    Intern: Katy Su, CC 2017

    Position & Employer: Research Assistant, Columbia University Medical Center

    Location: New York, NY

    Read Katy's fascinating journal about working in a lab!  



    Intern: Aniekeme Umoh, SEAS 2015 

    Position & Employer: Technology Consulting Intern, PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Location: New York, NY

    Browse through Ankiekeme's reflection on her comprehensive blog


    Kevin Xiao_STEP Intern

    Intern: Kevin Xiao, SEAS 2017

    Position & Employer: Software Development Intern, Fidelity Investments

    Location: Durham, North Carolina 

    Check out Kevin's journal about his professional and personal growth. 

    Lucas_STEP Intern

    Intern: Lucas Zeppetello, SEAS 2016

    Position & Employer: Research Intern, Columbia University Plasma Physics Laboratory

    Location: New York, NY

    Explore Lucas' fascinating blog about his research! 


    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