VIP Application Process



You must be a currently enrolled full-time undergraduate student at Columbia College, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, or School of General Studies; or a currently enrolled full-time graduate student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences or the School of the Arts and be able to commit to working 10-20 hours per week for ten or more weeks in a virtual internship.

Students are only eligible to be part of the VIP program one time throughout their time at Columbia University.  Therefore, students are not eligible to apply for any VIP positions (even with a different VIP employer) once a VIP internship has been completed.

Students who are studying abroad are encouraged to apply. Interviews will be conducted over the phone or Skype. Please indicate that you are studying abroad in your cover letter.

**Please note, by submitting an application, you authorize the Center for Career Education to conduct academic, disciplinary and financial aid checks to confirm program eligibility and inform funding decisions. Certain University policy violations may disqualify you from consideration for the Virtual Internship Program. 

How to Apply

All VIP 2016 internships will be posted in LionSHARE during the Fall 2015 semester. Search "VIP" in the "keyword" section to locate all program opportunities. You may apply to up to three (3) positions of interest.

There are four required components to the application:

  1. VIP application form (this form only needs to be submitted once, however you must submit this form even if you are applying to only one position)
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter
  4. Unofficial Transcript

With the exception of the application form, all materials must be submitted through LionSHARE for each position of interest. Submit the application form here and your other materials through LionSHARE by October 25, 2015.

VIP Timeline

October 12 & October 20, 2015
On-campus Spring Internship information sessions

October 25, 2015
Application deadline for Virtual Internship Program (VIP) opportunities.

Early-November 2015

First round-interviews with CCE for internship position(s)

Late-November/Early-December 2015

Final-round interviews with employers (in person, phone, or video/teleconference)

Mid-December 2015

Offers made to candidates

January 22, 2016
Pre-program training at CCE

January 25 - April 16, 2016
Virtual Internship Program (VIP) internship period