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Columbia University Global Opportunities (CU GO)




Program Overview 

Columbia University Global Opportunities (CU GO) supports CCE’s commitment to providing global experiences for students.  Any student who has secured an international summer internship, research, or volunteer opportunity may apply for the CU GO program. Participants will have access to an alumni mentor, receive professional development support, and develop a network of globally-minded students.  This program seeks to highlight the value of international experiences while facilitating the development and assessment of global and professional competencies. 

Program Features

CU GO participants will receive the following benefits while pursuing their own experiential opportunities (internship, research, volunteer) over the summer:

  • Optional Mock Interviews with CCE counselors to prepare students for a formal interview process
  • Pre-Program Training, including, internship and cross-cultural guidance, goal-setting, and more
  • Networking with fellow CU GO students and alumni
  • Ongoing Career Support throughout the summer experience
  • Alumni Mentor to provide personal and professional guidance and support throughout the summer 
  • Reflection Exercise to further support career exploration
  • Reflection Session to enhance skills and confidence when leveraging summer experience in career exploration and job/internship search moving forward

 Program features are in conjunction with the global experience that is independently secured by the CU GO participant.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of CU GO, students will have enhanced cross-cultural understanding, developed a goal-setting framework, improved professional etiquette, and developed tools to pursue future career goals.  In addition, CU GO students will grow their professional networks by connecting with alumni and peers.

How To Apply

Secure Your Own Experience (Opt-In) and apply to be a CU GO Participant:

  •  Did you accept an international experience for the summer?  Congrats!  Once you secure your own experience for the summer, you are eligible to apply as an Opt-in CU GO participant.  As an Opt-in CU GO participant, you will receive all CU GO benefits upon acceptance of the Opt-in CU GO documents.
  •  The application deadline is March 26, 2017. Space is limited. Apply Now!

Are you still trying to secure a position overseas?

Don't worry!  There are various ways to secure a position overseas.  Take a look at the International Resources page, which will provide some recommendations on how to obtain an international opportunity.  Please note it is required that all applicants secure an international experience before applying for the CU GO program.

Student Experiences

Interested in learning about other Columbia University students' experiences during their CCE sponsored internships? Click here to read about internship experiences from all of CCE's internship programs!

Information Sessions

Friday, December 9, 2016

3:00 - 4:00 pm

CCE Conference Room

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Program Contact

If you have questions about CU GO, please feel free to contact:

Laura Maltz
Senior Associate Director, Experiential Education


Important Information for Students Planning Overseas Opportunities

In accordance with the new Undergraduate International Travel Policy all students* traveling overseas through a Columbia led, Columbia facilitated and/or recognized program must submit a school sponsorship application 4-weeks prior to departure. Please note that you should begin your school sponsorship application once your international experience has been confirmed but no later than April 12th.

Once you have received confirmation of your school sponsorship, log in to the Undergraduate Travel Web App to complete:

  • Online Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Sign the Assumption of Risk, Waiver, and Release form

Additionally, all students must:

  • Register your travel (including side trips) through International SOS
  • Confirm that, while abroad, you will be covered by a health insurance policy that also provides coverage outside the United States for routine, urgent and emergency care.

It is critical that you thoroughly familiarize yourself with the Undergraduate International Travel Policy and complete all steps outlined above. For related questions, contact

*Graduate students participating in a Columbia led, Columbia facilitated and/or recognized program such as CUGO are also required to complete a school sponsorship application. This policy does not replace any additional requirements from a student’s home school. Graduate students, including Columbia Engineering graduate students, are encouraged to check in with their home school prior to finalizing any travel arrangements.

** Students applying to CCE funding programs with overseas opportunities MUST apply for school sponsorship by April 12th (the funding program application deadline). Submitting a school sponsorship application does not guarantee CCE funding. Similarly receiving CCE funding does not guarantee approval of your school sponsorship application. Please note that school sponsorship applications related to CCE funding programs will not be approved unless the student receives a CCE funding award. Students who submit a school sponsorship application and do not receive a CCE funding award must withdraw their school sponsorship application unless they are also part of the CEO, STEP, or CU GO programs. In those cases, sponsorship applications should not be withdrawn.