Work Exemption Program (WEP)
*** The Work Exemption Program is currently accepting applications for summer 2014. The application deadline is April 16, 2014. ***
The Work Exemption Program (WEP) is part of Columbia University's enhanced financial aid program announced in spring 2009 for undergraduate students in Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The program is designed to enable financial aid recipients to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities. Selection for WEP is competitive and accepted program participants receive a Columbia grant to pursue unpaid internships, research projects, and community outreach, locally, nationally, and internationally.
We are pleased to make opportunities available that enable students of all socioeconomic backgrounds to extend their co-curricular educational experience. We are also grateful to the many alumni and friends whose continued generosity makes this initiative possible and who contribute immeasurably to the enrichment of the undergraduate experience in the College and School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Through WEP, 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 such as those listed above. It is important to note that WEP funding is not made available to recipients in the form of a stipend. Instead, WEP funding is added directly to the financial aid packages of student recipients and summer or academic year work expectations are replaced with a Columbia grant award.
The application process for the Work Exemption Program is jointly managed by the Center for Career Education and the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing.
Summer 2014 WEP Application Timeline
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Application deadline. Applicants must submit both the online WEP application and submit all supporting documents in Lionshare (Search by Job ID: 134325). Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
April 17 - 25, 2014
Applications will be reviewed by the Work Exemption Program Committee
April 30, 2014
Applicants will be notified of their application status for the program (accepted or declined).
Please note: The Work Exemption Program has become increasingly competitive. Limited funding is available for this program. Many students who submit strong, compelling applications will not be able to receive funding due to the highly competitive nature of the program and the limited funding available. It is in your best interest to consider alternative options and make back-up plans in the event that you do not receive acceptance to WEP.
There are countless unpaid internship, research and volunteer opportunities in the New York City Area and many different resources for finding an experiential learning opportunity that is the best fit for your individual academic, personal, and professional goals. Here are a few suggestions for beginning your search.
- To learn more about finding an internship please visit the Internships section of the Center for Career Education website.
- Both the Office of Civic Action and Engagement and the Community Impact office at Columbia are excellent places to begin exploring opportunities to contribute to your community.
- Did you know that Columbia has 214 research centers and institutes? Students also frequently find research opportunities through their academic department or through professors they have worked with.
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