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Virtual Internship Program


Program Overview

Currently, over 8 million people work virtually across the United States and increasingly, companies and organizations are exploring the virtual workspace.  There is an undeniable shift towards work being done in locations outside of a traditional office setting, which allows for greater flexibility for employees, enhanced collaboration across global teams, and reduced operating costs and carbon footprints for employers.

Columbia University is moving in an innovative new direction to enhance the professional skills and experiential opportunities to its students with the Virtual Internship Program (VIP).  The program provides students with a virtual internship based in cities across the globe in a variety of career fields.  Interns will contribute to projects while working remotely, meaning the majority of their interactions with co-workers, clients and supervisors (as well as project work) are done  in the comfort of their own space.  The Center for Career Education will support the student intern through educational programming designed to enhance the virtual internship, helping students sharpen their professional skills. In the past, students in the Virtual Internship Program have had internships in the following industries or job functions:

  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Start-Ups
  • Public Health
  • Not-for-Profit/NGO
  • Arts Administration
  • Legal Advocacy
    and more!

Program Features

The Virtual Internship program offers a combination of internship experience, peer connections with other VIP interns and professional career development and support with a career counselor.
Program features include the following:  

  • Twelve-week project based internship for 10-20 hours per week during the Spring semester.
  • Pre-program training that includes communications training, goal setting exercises and a chance to meet all Virtual Interns in the program.
  • Skills Development Workshops with a career counseling professional addressing topics such as navigating a virtual work environment, managing time, dealing with distractions and communicating effectively. This is also an opportunity to work with other VIP interns to develop skills and ask questions in a supportive environment.
  • One-on-one career counseling appointments throughout the ten weeks to explore a career opportunities, development of professional skills and individual support to enhance the internship experience.
  • End of Program Reflection Session that includes evaluation of the internship, goal attainment analysis, resume and interviewing workshop, and personal and professional development discussion.

Program Benefits

Upon completion of the Virtual Internship Program (VIP), students will have gained:

  • Time-management, organization, and communication skills
  • Experience in self-directed work and project management
  • Familiarity with a virtual work structure, including tools and techniques to manage responsibilities and share information
  • Professional skills and industry knowledge related to their individual internships
  • An understanding of virtual work trends across industries


The application period is now closed. Please check back from Spring 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 Sessions

Please attend one information session to learn more about VIP, as well as other CCE Spring Internship Programs (CAE, KCCAP@CU, and SIP).

Spring Programs Information Session

Thursday, October 20, 2016

5:30 - 6:30 pm

CCE Conference Room

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Spring Internship Programs Resume Workshop

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

5:30pm - 6:30pm

CCE Conference Room

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Spring Internship Programs Interview Workshop*

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

5:30pm - 6:30pm

CCE Conference Room

*Open to applicants of CAE, KCCAP@CU, SIP, & VIP, registration details to follow

Spring Internship Pre-Program Training

Friday, January 20, 2017

Internship Dates

January 23 - April 14, 2017

Reflection Session

Friday, April 21, 2017

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Eligibility/Application Process
Frequently Asked Questions 

Program Contact

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

Caitlin Graci
Assistant Director, Experiential Education


Virtual Internships in Rising Demand - Read Bloomberg's article about the rise of virtual internships including one Columbia student's experience in VIP.
An Internship from Your Couch - The Wall Street Journal discusses the gaining popularity of virtual internships
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Virtual Internships - the Vault Career Blog shares tips for interning virtually.