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Columbia Engineering Internship Fund Application Process



The Columbia Engineering Internship Fund (CEIF) supports undergraduate students who have secured unpaid or low-paying summer internships in engineering fields. This program, funded through generous alumni support, is designed to enable Columbia Engineering undergraduate students to gain real-world engineering experience.

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

  • A rising sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate student 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-paying engineering internship for summer 2017 prior to the application deadline.

The Columbia Engineering Internship Fund:

  • Supports undergraduate students who have already secured unpaid or low-paying summer internships
  • Provides stipends ranging from $500 to $5,000, depending on the nature of the internship as well as demonstrated student need
  • Supports both real-world engineering experience and research opportunities
  • Focuses on providing support for international internship experiences, though unpaid or low paying U.S. based experiences will be considered

The Columbia Engineering Internship Fund does not replace the Work Exemption Program (WEP). Undergraduate students who apply to the Columbia Engineering Internship Fund are encouraged, but not required, to apply to the WEP as well. Through WEP, undergraduate students have the option of applying for an exemption from the summer savings portion of their financial aid package as well as their academic year work expectations if they are engaged in unpaid activities, including summer internships.

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 Columbia Engineering Internship Fund funding.

How to Apply

Applications for the summer of 2017 will be available on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

  1. Submit the online Columbia Engineering Internship Fund application prior to the deadline of Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
  2. Four of the six documents will be uploaded with the APIF application. The letter of recommendation and employer verification form should be completed using the link provided:
    • Resume
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Personal statement - see details below

Personal Statement

Please provide a written personal statement limited to three pages, double-spaced, with one-inch margins, addressing the following:

  1. Description of the opportunity:  Describe in as much detail as possible the internship (the organization, your role/responsibilities). List duties, projects to be completed, deadlines, etc.  Talk about why you want to work at the particular organization.
  2. Learning Objectives:  Provide your responses to these questions:
    • What do you intend to learn through this experience?
    • What goals do you hope to achieve through this experience?
    • How does this experience fit into your overall academic interests and/or career goals?
  3. Supervision:  Describe in as much detail as you can the supervision to be provided.  Include what kind of instruction, assistance, training, etc., you will receive, and from whom you expect to get it.  Note when and how you will be evaluated and who will do it.
  4. Commitment: Students selected for the Columbia Engineering Internship Fund are required to participate in all the different opportunities associated with the program, including:
    • Professional Development Webshop -  This "Internship Success" workshop will help students learn important skills and tips to succeed in their internships including how to initiate projects and responsibilities, work on a team, communicate with their supervisor and network.
    • Reflection session (September 15, 2017) – Students will participate in an interactive workshop to learn effective ways to communicate their internship experience to potential employers.
    • Formal written reflection from student (due September 15, 2017) - Students will write a thank you letter/reflective essay to their Columbia Engineering Internship Fund donor(s).
    • Budget reconciliation (due September 15, 201) - Students will provide a detailed account of 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.

If you have any further questions, please email Tom D'Onofrio at

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