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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 2016- 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.  Apply Now.
    • 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: March 27, 2016.  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 2, 2015
      5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Career Resource Center, Center for Career Education
      Register Here

      January 28, 2016*
      5:00pm - 6:00pm
      Career Resource Center, Center for Career Education
      Register Here

      *This Information Session is co-sponsored by the Columbia Society of Hispanic Engineers.

      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

        Interested in learning about other Columbia University students' experiences during their CCE sponsored internships? Click here to read about internship experiences from all of CCE's internship programs!

        Program Contacts

        If you have questions about the program, please contact:

        Jill Burya
        Associate Director, Experiential Education