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Columbia Engineering Internship Fund Application Process

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Eligibility

The Columbia Engineering Internship Fund (CEIF) supports undergraduate students who have secured unpaid or low-paying summer internships in engineering fields. This program, funded through generous alumni support, is designed to enable Columbia Engineering undergraduate students to gain real-world engineering experience.

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

  • A rising sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate student 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-paying engineering internship for summer 2014 prior to the application deadline.

The Columbia Engineering Internship Fund:

  • Supports undergraduate students who have already secured unpaid or low-paying summer internships
  • Provides stipends ranging from $500 to $5,000, depending on the nature of the internship as well as demonstrated student need
  • Supports both real-world engineering experience and research opportunities
  • Focuses on providing support for international internship experiences, though unpaid or low paying U.S. based experiences will be considered

The Columbia Engineering Internship Fund does not replace the Work Exemption Program (WEP). Undergraduate students who apply to the Columbia Engineering Internship Fund are encouraged, but not required, to apply to the WEP as well. Through WEP, undergraduate students have the option of applying for an exemption from the summer savings portion of their financial aid package as well as their academic year work expectations if they are engaged in unpaid activities, including summer internships.

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 Columbia Engineering Internship Fund funding.

How to Apply

Applications for the summer of 2014 will be available in January 2014.

There are two parts to the application process.

  1. Submit the online Columbia Engineering Internship Fund application prior to the deadline of 11:59 pm on February 4, 2014 (early deadline) or April 16, 2014 (final deadline).
  2. Upload six supporting documents to LionSHARE (via Job ID 131848)*:

Please note that the employer verification form and the letter of recommendation must be completed by people other than you. Your contact should send the completed form to Tom D'Onofrio at tjd2122@columbia.edu.

*To upload your documents to LionSHARE, you must first register to use the system. Then click on the tab labeled "Job/Internship Search" and select "Job Search". Search Job ID "131848" or type "Columbia Engineering Internship Fund - Center for Career Education" into the box labeled "employer name". Click on the posting and follow the instructions to upload all required documents.

Personal Statement

Please provide a written personal statement limited to three pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, addressing the following:

  1. Description of the opportunity:  Describe in as much detail as possible the internship (the organization, your role/responsibilities). List duties, projects to be completed, deadlines, etc.  Talk about why you want to work at the particular organization.
  2. Learning Objectives:  Provide your responses to these questions:
    • What do you intend to learn through this experience?
    • What goals do you hope to achieve through this experience?
    • How does this experience fit into your overall academic interests and/or career goals?
  3. Supervision:  Describe in as much detail as you can the supervision to be provided.  Include what kind of instruction, assistance, training, etc., you will receive, and from whom you expect to get it.  Note when and how you will be evaluated and who will do it.
  4. Commitment: Students selected for the Columbia Engineering Internship Fund are required to participate in all the different opportunities associated with the program, including:
    • Professional Development Workshop/Dinner (May 7, 2014; 5pm)- This "Internship Success" workshop will help students learn important skills and tips to succeed in their internships including how to initiate projects and responsibilities, work on a team, communicate with their supervisor and network.
    • Reflection session (September 5, 2014; 2pm) – Students will participate in an interactive workshop to learn effective ways to communicate their internship experience to potential employers.
    • Formal written reflection from student (due September 5, 2014) - Students will write a thank you letter/reflective essay to their Columbia Engineering Internship Fund donor(s).
    • Budget reconciliation (due September 5, 2014) - Students will provide a detailed account of 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.

If you have any further questions, please email Tom D'Onofrio at tjd2122@columbia.edu.