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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. Upload your resume and personal statement with your application. The letter of recommendation and employer verification form should be completed using the links provided:
    • Resume
    • Personal statement - see details below

Personal Statement

Please note you may submit one personal statement if you apply to more than one funding program.


  • describe the organization, your role, and responsibilities;
  • describe your duties, projects to be completed and deadlines; and
  • explain why you want to intern at this organization.


  • what do you intend to learn from this experience?
  • what are your goals and how do they align with your academic interests and/or career plans?


  • describe the supervision you will receive.
  • what kind of instruction, assistance and training will you receive and from whom? 
  • explain how and when you will be evaluated.


  • explain why you should be considered for this program; 
  • explain how  your plans will be affected if you do not receive CCE funding; and
  • address your committment to completing program requirements (for WEP: reflection project; for all other funding programs: donor thank you letter and budget reconciliation)

If you have any further questions, please email