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Science Technology Engineering Program (STEP)



Program Overview

The Science, Technology, Engineering Program (STEP) enables students to connect with a Columbia alumni mentor, receive additional career support and build a network of students working in the STEM fields in parallel with a summer internship experience. Students can apply to a designated CCESTEP position on LionSHARE or secure their own opportunity as an Opt-in applicant to enjoy all programmatic STEP benefits.

Program Features

STEP Participants will receive the following benefits throughout his or her summer internship:

  • Optional Mock Interviews with CCE counselors to prepare students for a formal interview process
  • Pre-Program Training which includes pre-program overview, internship guidance, goal setting and more
  • Build Your Network with fellow STEP students and alumni
  • Summer Internship June 2016- August 2015 (dates to be finalized and determined based on employer requirements and needs)
  • Alumni Mentoring which will provide personal and professional guidance and support throughout the summer 
  • End of Program "Reflection Session" which includes learning how to further translate the internship on a resume, cover letter and in an interview.  In addition, the session will focus on furthering your career exploration as it relates to the internship experience

Program Benefits

Upon completion of STEP, students will have gained substantive work experience and developed key professional and practical skills. Students will have had opportunities to network with professionals and Columbia alumni. With the support of a career counselor, students will also be able to reflect upon their internship and articulate their experiences to highlight key transferable skills.


The 2016 STEP Application is now closed.  Please check back in fall 2016 for more information regarding STEP 2017.

Information Sessions

Friday, December 9, 2016

3:00 - 4:00 pm

CCE Conference Room

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Sample of Previous STEP Participants

Please note that many of the following employers hire students from various academic programs.  The list below simply indicates the area of study of the most recent STEP Program participant.

Employer Major(s) Employer Major(s)
Arcadis Mechanical Engineering Infosys Corporation Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Computer Engineering
Arup Various Engineering Majors Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research Biomedical Engineering 
Boyce Thompson Research Institute Various Engineering Majors Johnson and Johnson Chemical Engineering 
The Boeing Company Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering Kaptur Electrical Engineering, Computer Science 
Chemtura Corporation Chemical Engineering Metro North Railroad Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering 
Columbia University, Department of Biological Sciences Undecided Majors Microsoft  Computer Science 
Columbia University Medical Center Neuroscience Moody's Analytics Operations Research 
DAAD Rise Program Mechanical Engineering, Applied Mathematics National Institute of Health  Biomedical Engineering 
Department of Transportation Civil Engineering, Construction Management PepsiCo, Inc.  Civil Engineering 
Environmental Defense Fund Earth  & Environmental Engineering Procter & Gamble Civil Engineering, Operations Research 
Exxonmobil Chemical Engineering Regeneron Pharmaceuticals  Biomedical Engineering 
Google Computer Science, Electrical Engineering National Institute of Health  Undecided Majors 
Hazen and Sawyer Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering Thornton Tomasetti Civil Engineering
Hunter Roberts Construction Group Civil Engineering VMware Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
idTech Applied Mathematics    

    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!

    Program Contacts

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

    Pete Bridge
    Assistant Director, Experiential Education

    Caitlin Graci
    Assistant Director, Experiential Education