Columbia College Alumni and Parent Internship Fund
Columbia College is pleased to announce the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund for summer 2014. The Alumni and Parent Internship Fund (APIF) is specifically designed to encourage Columbia College students to accept a quality unpaid internship which would foster their career exploration and build upon their academic studies, while alleviating some of the financial burden associated with unpaid 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 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 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 internship for summer 2014 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 16, 2014 at 11:59 pm.
Monday, February 3, 2014
APIF Committee begins accepting applications.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Application deadline - all applications for the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund 2014 program must be submitted through the online APIF application by 11:59 pm. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
April 23 - 25, 2014
Applications will be reviewed by the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund Committee.
Week of April 28, 2014
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:
Development Workshop & Dinner(May 7, 2014; 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 5, 2014; 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 5, 2014)
Students will write a thank you letter/reflective essay to their Alumni and Parent Internship Fund donor(s).
- Budget reconciliation (due September 5, 2014)
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.
Gloria Chang, CC 2014
Margarete Diaz Cuadros, CC 2014
Soleil Grant, CC 2014
Sample of Past Recipient Internship Organizations
|100 Projects for Peace: Global Life Focus||Haiti||Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
|African Medical and Research Foundation||Uganda
||Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
|Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
||New York City Coalition Against Hunger
|Bangladesh Cancer Foundation||Bangladesh
||New York Psychiatric Institute
|Bellevue Hospital Center||New York
||Peer Health Exchange
|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
|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
|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
|I Have a Dream Foundation
||Women's Foreign Policy Group