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Columbia College Alumni and Parent Internship Fund




Columbia College is pleased to announce the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund for summer 2017. The Alumni and Parent Internship Fund (APIF) is specifically designed to encourage Columbia College students to accept a quality unpaid or low paid internship which would foster their career exploration and build upon their academic studies, while alleviating some of the financial burden associated with unpaid or low paid internships.

Institutional funding through this program is made available with the sole intention of supporting students’ living expenses (such as housing, food and travel expenses).  This support enables students to participate in unpaid or low paid opportunities.  Funding is not provided in lieu of compensation for work and supervisors are required to acknowledge in the Employer Verification Form that participating organizations are compliant with the US Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other applicable state and local legislation.


Currently registered Columbia College students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • A rising sophomore, junior, or senior in good academic and disciplinary standing with at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
  • A recipient of Columbia grant-based financial aid. If you are unsure if you receive grant-based financial aid, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid & Educational Financing.
  • Secured an unpaid or low paid (less than minimum wage) internship for summer 2017 prior to the application deadline.

Applicants who do not meet these criteria and incomplete applications will not be considered.

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 APIF program.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm.

How to Apply

Application Timeline

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
APIF Committee begins accepting applications.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Application deadline - all applications for the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund 2017 program must be submitted through the online APIF application by 11:59 pm. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

April 17 - 21, 2017
Applications will be reviewed by the Alumni and Parent Internship Fund Committee. 

Week of April 24, 2017
Applicants will be notified of their status in the program (accepted or declined). 

About the Program

The Alumni and Parent Internship Fund has limited availability, and the application process is highly selective. The fund has been made possible thanks to the generosity of Columbia College alumni/ae and parents who desire to foster students' participation in internships.

Columbia College students selected as Alumni and Parent Internship Fund grant recipients must commit to the following:

  • Thank you letter to your donor
    Students will write a thank you letter/reflective essay to their Alumni and Parent Internship Fund donor(s)
  • Budget reconciliation
    Students must submit a completed budget reconciliation detailing their summer expenses. 

    If you are unable to fully commit to all these events, please describe why you cannot commit to an event on your application in the essay section on "Commitment." You will still be considered for the program.   

    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.**

    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 and STEP 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.

    Student Experiences

    Jaycee Parker, Columbia College, 2016 - Bronx County Supreme Court

    Jaycee was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Denison, Texas.  She is currently a rising junior studying Psychology, with an interest in criminal justice and law.  During her time at Columbia, she has become increasingly aware of various justice issues in and outside of her community.  These have encouraged her to become involved with organizations on campus concerning law and justice such as the Columbia Chapter NAACP, where she serves as Membership Coordinator on the executive board.  Jaycee is also a member of Columbia’s Varsity Track and Field team, dedicating countless hours per week to being a student-athlete.  This summer, she will be interning at the Bronx County Supreme Court under Justice La Tia Martin to gain exposure and further her knowledge in the field of law.

    Mandeep Singh, Columbia College, 2015- Pixatel Systems

    Mandeep Singh was born and raised in New York City.  He is majoring in Urban Studies (with a specialization in Political Science) and Business Management. In the Fall of 2013, he studied abroad in Brazil, South Africa and Vietnam with IHP Cities in the 21st Century. Apart from his academic pursuits, he is involved with a variety of social advocacy, diversity and community engagement initiatives. Being active within the dance community, Mandeep was the Public Relations Chair for CU Bhangra. He was also the co-founder and president of Columbia University Sewa, an organization based on the universal values of community service, social justice and equality. Originally from Queens, he is a community organizer with SEVA NY and a youth member of the Richmond Hill Democratic Club. Last summer, he worked for Senator Gillibrand's office in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. This summer, he will be working for Pixatel Systems, a company that recently received a grant from USAID to launch a pilot program in order to help improve literacy rates in rural areas throughout the world. He will be helping to launch the program in Punjab, India this summer.


    Martha Scott Burton, Columbia College, 2015 -Curatorial Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art

    Martha Scott is a rising senior majoring in Art History and Archaeology.  On campus, she has participated in the Emerging Leaders Program, danced for choreographer Juliette Mapp in the Barnard Project and was a Resident Advisor in the LLC during her sophomore year.  She will be one of two LLC Community Advisors this year.  Beyond Columbia, Martha Scott has held a number of internships, including Social Events Intern at Dance/NYC and Curatorial Intern at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  She also works as an independent grant writer for New York City dance companies.  Martha Scott is currently studying art history and museum studies at the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris through Columbia’s Reid Hall Program.  Her professional aspirations include curating or opening a gallery.  This summer, Martha Scott will intern for Elisabeth Sussman, Curator and Sondra Gilman Curator of Photography, at the Whitney.  She will work on future temporary exhibitions and assist in preparing the collection for the Whitney’s move to the Meatpacking District in 2015.  



    Sample of Past Recipient Internship Organizations

    Location   Organization Location
    100 Projects for Peace: Global Life Focus Haiti   Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
    New York
    African Medical and Research Foundation Uganda
      Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center
    Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation
    New York
      New York City Coalition Against Hunger
    New York
    Bangladesh Cancer Foundation Bangladesh
      New York Psychiatric Institute
    New York
    Bellevue Hospital Center New York
      Peer Health Exchange
    San Francisco
    Boston Children's Hospital Boston

    Self-employed Women's Association

    Burma Lawyers' Council Thailand
      Sustainable South Bronx New York
    Center for Microfinance
      Taiwanese American Citizens League
    Los Angeles
    Cetacean Conservation and Research Program, Wildlife Conservation Society New York
      The Detroit Institute of Arts
    Columbia College of Dental Medicine Tissue Engineering Lab New York   The New Yorker
    New York
    Consortium of Conservation Medicine Washington, DC   Tuoi Tre (Vietnamese newspaper) Vietnam
    CRAWL (Children Resolution and Women Learning) India   UN Millennium Development Project/Earth Institute Kenya
    Culture Project California   UN Development Programme/ Association of Women for Action and Research Uganda/Singapore
    Engineers Without Borders - USA
      Warner Music Group
    New York
    I Have a Dream Foundation
    New York
      Women's Foreign Policy Group
    Washington, D.C.