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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 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.

    How to Apply

    Application Timeline

    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:

    • Professional 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.   

        Student Experiences

        Gloria Chang

        Gloria Chang, CC 2014
        Internship: Child Mind Institute (CMI)

        Gloria is from Southern California and is a rising senior at Columbia University majoring in Biology. This summer, she will be working as a summer intern at the Child Mind Institute (CMI), where she will have the opportunity to learn more about various childhood anxiety disorders and be exposed to direct clinical therapeutic experiences. At Columbia, Gloria serves as one of two co-chairs for Camp Kesem, a student organization that plans, fundraises, and executes a completely free weeklong sleep-away camp for kids whose parents have been affected by cancer. Off campus, Gloria volunteers in the Child Life department at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, and she has also had the opportunity to mentor a group of 8th grade students throughout the school year as an advisor for the Lang Youth Medical Program. Gloria is passionate about working with youth and is looking forward to a great experience at CMI this summer.

        Margarete Diaz Cuadros, CC 2014
        Internship: Chalfie Laboratory

        Margarete Diaz was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She moved to New York after completing high school with the intention of acquiring a better education. She is currently pursuing a major in biochemistry and a concentration in human evolution at Columbia College, and hopes to one day complete a PhD in molecular genetics. She would like to become a researcher in the biological sciences and run her own laboratory at a university. During the school year, she volunteers as a research assistant at the laboratory of Dr. Martin Chalfie, where she is carrying out a project that seeks to identify genes involved in the development of axons in the touch neurons of C. elegans. This summer, she will continue her work in the Chalfie laboratory under the auspice of APIF. In her free time, she enjoys preparing Peruvian cuisine and reading Latin American literature.


        Soleil Grant, CC 2014
        Internship: Parkwood Entertainment

        Soleil was born and raised in Bowie, Maryland. She is currently a rising senior concentrating in Ethnic Studies. Throughout her three years at Columbia, Soleil has enjoyed learning and building with the school community outside of the classroom. She has lived in the Intercultural Resource Center since her sophomore year and volunteered with various feminist, safe space, and health and wellness groups. She has enjoyed making contributions to the creative community by dancing with Raw Elementz, Onyx, and Orchesis, performing with the Black Theatre Ensemble, styling scenes for the Black History Month Fashion Show, and DJing at various school events. After interning at various record labels and production companies such as Epic Records and Damon Dash’ Media Collective, DD172, she has been able to harness her passion for the music business and hone her skills. This summer Soleil will work as a creative intern for Beyonce Knowles production company, Parkwood Entertainment.




        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.