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Columbia College Alumni and Parent Internship Fund



Columbia College is pleased to announce the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund for summer 2015. The Alumni and Parent Internship Fund (APIF) is specifically designed to encourage Columbia College students to accept a quality unpaid or low paid internships which would foster their career exploration and build upon their academic studies, while alleviating some of the financial burden associated with unpaid or low paid internships.

Institutional funding through this program is made available with the sole intention of supporting students’ living expenses (such as housing, food and travel expenses).  This support enables students to participate in unpaid or low paid opportunities.  Funding is not provided in lieu of compensation for work and supervisors are required to acknowledge in the Employer Verification Form that participating organizations are compliant with the US Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other applicable state and local legislation.


Currently registered Columbia College students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • A rising sophomore, junior, or senior in good standing with at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
  • A recipient of Columbia grant-based financial aid. If you are unsure if you receive grant-based financial aid, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid & Educational Financing.
  • Secured an unpaid or low paid internship for summer 2015 prior to the application deadline.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note, by submitting an application, you authorize the Center for Career Education to conduct academic, disciplinary and financial aid checks to confirm program eligibility and inform funding decisions. Certain University policy violations may disqualify you from consideration for the APIF program.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm.

    How to Apply

    Application Timeline

    Monday, February 2, 2015
    APIF Committee begins accepting applications.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Application deadline - all applications for the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund 2015 program must be submitted through the online APIF application by 11:59 pm. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    April 20 - 24, 2015
    Applications will be reviewed by the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund Committee. 

    Week of April 27, 2015
    Applicants will be notified of their status in the program (accepted or declined). 

    About the Fund

    The Alumni and Parent Internship Fund has limited availability, and the application process is highly selective. The fund has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Columbia College alumni/ae and parents who desire to foster students' participation in internships. They include:

    • Class of 1954 Internship Stipend Fund - to provide support for one or more rising juniors or seniors with unpaid internships; preference for an internship in government or not-for-profit industries.
    • Herman Family Foundation Internship - to provide support for a College junior (rising senior) for use in the summer following the academic year to hold an unpaid summer internship in the public sector. Preference will be given to an applicant who receives financial aid that requires summer savings from a job as part of his or her financial aid package with a preference given to a student who plans to pursue an internship overseas that is not affiliated with any religious organization.
    • Linder (Harold F.) Summer Internship Fund - to assist College students in obtaining unpaid positions with companies where College alumni are employed. Students are not responsible for determining if alumni are present at internship sites - this responsibility will fall to the College.
    • The Roger Lehecka Internship Fund - to be used for an undergraduate holding an unpaid internship; preference for juniors (rising seniors) who receive financial aid that require summer savings from a job as part of a financial aid package; preference for those with greatest financial need with a summer opportunity that will make the greatest difference to their life plans, and with demonstrated ability to use the opportunities wisely.
    • Clark Tandon Family Fund - to support summer internships with a preference for students who have an interest in creative writing.
    • Other Alumni and Parent Support - to assist College students holding unpaid summer internships.

    About the Program

    Columbia College students selected as Alumni and Parent Internship Fund grant recipients must commit to the following:

    • Professional Development Workshop & Dinner(May 6, 2015; 5 - 6:30 pm)
      This "Internship Success" workshop will help students learn important skills and tips to succeed in their internships including how to initiate internship projects and responsibilities, work on a team, communicate with their supervisor and network.
    • Reflection Session(September 4, 2015; 2 - 3:30 pm)
      Students will participate in an interactive workshop to learn effective ways to communicate their internship experience to potential employers.
    • Formal reflection (due September 4, 2015)
      Students will write a thank you letter/reflective essay to their Alumni and Parent Internship Fund donor(s)
    • Budget reconciliation (due September 4, 2015)
      Students must submit a completed budget reconciliation detailing their summer expenses. 

      If you are unable to fully commit to all these events, please describe why you cannot commit to an event on your application in the essay section on "Commitment." You will still be considered for the program.   

      Student Experiences

      Jaycee Parker, Columbia College, 2016 - Bronx County Supreme Court

      Jaycee was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Denison, Texas.  She is currently a rising junior studying Psychology, with an interest in criminal justice and law.  During her time at Columbia, she has become increasingly aware of various justice issues in and outside of her community.  These have encouraged her to become involved with organizations on campus concerning law and justice such as the Columbia Chapter NAACP, where she serves as Membership Coordinator on the executive board.  Jaycee is also a member of Columbia’s Varsity Track and Field team, dedicating countless hours per week to being a student-athlete.  This summer, she will be interning at the Bronx County Supreme Court under Justice La Tia Martin to gain exposure and further her knowledge in the field of law.

      Mandeep Singh, Columbia College, 2015- Pixatel Systems

      Mandeep Singh was born and raised in New York City.  He is majoring in Urban Studies (with a specialization in Political Science) and Business Management. In the Fall of 2013, he studied abroad in Brazil, South Africa and Vietnam with IHP Cities in the 21st Century. Apart from his academic pursuits, he is involved with a variety of social advocacy, diversity and community engagement initiatives. Being active within the dance community, Mandeep was the Public Relations Chair for CU Bhangra. He was also the co-founder and president of Columbia University Sewa, an organization based on the universal values of community service, social justice and equality. Originally from Queens, he is a community organizer with SEVA NY and a youth member of the Richmond Hill Democratic Club. Last summer, he worked for Senator Gillibrand's office in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. This summer, he will be working for Pixatel Systems, a company that recently received a grant from USAID to launch a pilot program in order to help improve literacy rates in rural areas throughout the world. He will be helping to launch the program in Punjab, India this summer.


      Martha Scott Burton, Columbia College, 2015 -Curatorial Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art

      Martha Scott is a rising senior majoring in Art History and Archaeology.  On campus, she has participated in the Emerging Leaders Program, danced for choreographer Juliette Mapp in the Barnard Project and was a Resident Advisor in the LLC during her sophomore year.  She will be one of two LLC Community Advisors this year.  Beyond Columbia, Martha Scott has held a number of internships, including Social Events Intern at Dance/NYC and Curatorial Intern at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  She also works as an independent grant writer for New York City dance companies.  Martha Scott is currently studying art history and museum studies at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris through Columbia’s Reid Hall Program.  Her professional aspirations include curating or opening a gallery.  This summer, Martha Scott will intern for Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, at the Whitney.  She will work on future temporary exhibitions and assist in preparing the collection for the Whitney’s move to the Meatpacking District in 2015.  



      Sample of Past Recipient Internship Organizations

      Location   Organization Location
      100 Projects for Peace: Global Life Focus Haiti   Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
      New York
      African Medical and Research Foundation Uganda
        Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
      Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
      New York
        New York City Coalition Against Hunger
      New York
      Bangladesh Cancer Foundation Bangladesh
        New York Psychiatric Institute
      New York
      Bellevue Hospital Center New York
        Peer Health Exchange
      San Francisco
      Boston Children's Hospital Boston

      Self-employed Women's Association

      Burma Lawyers' Council Thailand
        Sustainable South Bronx New York
      Center for Microfinance
        Taiwanese American Citizens League
      Los Angeles
      Cetacean Conservation and Research Program, Wildlife Conservation Society New York
        The Detroit Institute of Arts
      Columbia College of Dental Medicine Tissue Engineering Lab New York   The New Yorker
      New York
      Consortium of Conservation Medicine Washington, DC   Tuoi Tre (Vietnamese newspaper) Vietnam
      CRAWL (Children Resolution and Women Learning) India   UN Millennium Development Project/Earth Institute Kenya
      Culture Project California   UN Development Programme/ Association of Women for Action and Research Uganda/Singapore
      Engineers Without Borders - USA
        Warner Music Group
      New York
      I Have a Dream Foundation
      New York
        Women's Foreign Policy Group
      Washington, D.C.