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APIF FAQ

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I need to confirm acceptance to my internship program prior to the APIF deadline. Can the APIF Committee review my application early?

Regrettably, we cannot review your application prior to the APIF deadline. All applications are reviewed collectively by a committee who meets after the application deadline. It would not be possible to convene the committee to review your application in isolation. The timeline for APIF applications is based on internship deadlines for the majority of students.

I do not receive Financial Aid; however, I can demonstrate financial need. Can I still apply for an APIF award?

To be eligible for the APIF program, you must receive Columbia grant-based financial aid. This is one of the requirements of the alumni who donate to the fund.

My internship provides a modest stipend. Am I eligible to apply to APIF?

We have provided partial funding to students in the past who are receiving a small stipend (such as lunch money or a metrocard). We suggest that you submit an application so the committee can review your materials and make a decision.

Can I apply to both APIF and the Work Exemption Program?

Yes, eligible students are encouraged to apply to both programs.

If I apply to the Work Exemption Program, do I need to submit a separate application for APIF? Can I use the same materials?

You can use the same documents for both applications; however, you will need to upload the documents to both the APIF posting and the Work Exemption Program (WEP) posting in LionSHARE. Additionally, you will need to submit the online application for APIF and the online application for WEP separately. It is advisable to tailor your personal statement to each program (i.e. for the WEP personal statement, don’t say how much you could benefit from an APIF award).

How competitive is the APIF program?

The APIF program is highly selective and funding is limited. Interested students are encouraged to submit a strong, well-written personal statement that clearly articulates the internship and their goal in pursuing this opportunity.

I received an APIF award last year. Can I apply again?

As long as you meet all of the eligibility requirements, you can apply again for funding.

Would you recommend submitting a letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer?

Your letter of recommendation should come from the person who knows you best, can speak well of your academic and extracurricular accomplishments and who can comment on your character.

Are there any fellowships that would cover expenses for a winter break and /or spring semester unpaid internship?

Eligible students can apply to the Work Exemption Program for financial support of a spring semester unpaid internship, research opportunity or community outreach project. The Fellowships Office also has a comprehensive database of opportunities and their staff are available to meet with students.

Are there additional funding sources available to supplement an Alumni & Parent Internship Fund award?

Yes, there are numerous fellowships and grants available to fund summer opportunities. The CCE website has a listing of selected funding opportunities. The Fellowships Office also has a comprehensive database of opportunities and their staff are available to meet with students. Students could also reach out to professors, departmental administrators and teaching assistants to learn of fellowships and/or awards in their field of study.

I am not eligible to apply to APIF. I really want to do an unpaid internship this summer; however, without funding, it will not be possible for me to pursue this opportunity. What do you recommend?

The CCE website has a listing of selected funding opportunities. The Fellowships Office also has a comprehensive database of opportunities and their staff are available to meet with students. Students could also reach out to professors, departmental administrators and teaching assistants to learn of fellowships and/or awards in their field of study.