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"I can't help but grin as I realize my expectations have been exceeded - traveling to the passionate city of London, feeling daily enthusiasm for my job, meeting people who can share their life tales with me and show me the ropes to create my own adventures, and sharing the entire experience with a group of Columbia students all unique and fascinating who laugh along with me as we live and we learn." 

- Nayia Moysidis, CEO London intern

CEO Amman

CEO Beijing

CEO Hong Kong

CEO London

CEO Mumbai

CEO Seoul

CEO Singapore

CEO Shanghai  

Check out Genevieve Antono's (GS ’17) video, which showcases her

CEO London experience as a Legal Intern at CK Hutchison Holdings. 



Program Overview

The Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program offers Columbia students high quality internship experiences in a diverse array of industries in Amman, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai, and Singapore through alumni and employer partnerships. As globalization increases, international cultural exposure and work experiences become more important to successfully navigating and meeting the demands of the changing work environment.

Program Features

The CEO internship program is a combination of gaining full time work experience over the summer in an international location, immersing yourself in new, exciting experiences, connecting with Columbia alumni, networking with professionals and learning about career opportunities. Program features include the following: 

  • Pre-program training that includes a program overview, guest speaker presentations, goal setting workshops with the support of a career counseling professional, a chance to speak with past participants of the program and discuss any logistical questions with the program manager.
  • Eight-week summer internship, Mid-June - early August
  • Housing with other CEO interns provided by CCE (required)
  • Alumni mentor to provide personal and professional guidance and support throughout the summer. 
  • Social and networking events with the Alumni Club as an opportunity to meet other mentors, Columbia alumni and network with professionals.
  • End-of-Program Reflection Session that includes evaluation of the internship experience, goal attainment analysis and larger career development discussion.
  • Financial Support for travel and visa fees (on a case-by-case basis). For more information on budgeting for your CCE summer internship, click here.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the CEO program, students will have gained substantive international work experience and cross-cultural skills. Students will also have had opportunities to network with professionals and active Columbia alumni in an international setting. Finally, with the support of a career counseling professional, students will be able to reflect upon their internship and articulate their experiences to highlight key transferable skills.


The application period is now closed. Please check back for Summer 2018 opportunities in Fall 2017.  

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 Session

Friday, December 9, 2016

3:00 - 4:00 pm

CCE Conference Room

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Eligibility/Application Process

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Contacts

If you have general questions about the program, please reach out to any of the staff members below. For city-specific questions, contact the appropriate program manager listed.

Laura Maltz (CEO Amman)
Senior Associate Director, Experiential Education

Alison Smith (CEO Mumbai, CEO Seoul)
Associate Director, Experiential Education

Pete Bridge (CEO Hong Kong, CEO Singapore)
Assistant Director, Experiential Education

Caitlin Graci (CEO Beijing, CEO Shanghai)
Assistant Director, Experiential Education

Lilly Oh (CEO London)
Program Counselor, Experiential Edcaution

Looking for additional International Opportunities to work, volunteer, teach or research? Click here to learn about resources at Columbia and outside of Columbia that can take you around the world.


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

These must be submitted through LionSHARE for each position of interest. Please note that some positions may have additional requirements, which are listed in the application instructions for the position in LionSHARE.
The application deadline will be in mid-November. Please check this page in Fall 2011 for the most up-to-date information regarding the application process.