**** Thank you for your interest in the summer funding programs. The application deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. If you submitted a fully complete application, you can expect to receive a notification of your application status by June 5th. ****

Please review the following information carefully. 


The global pandemic and existing domestic and international restrictions, as well as Columbia policies have caused us to revisit our eligibility for the Summer Funding Programs and and the Work Exemption Program (WEP).  We have already extended the deadline to May 15th to accommodate student needs/requests. Please read the guidelines below and connect with us via columbia-wep@columbia.edu if you have further questions.  Remember we are here to support you, virtually throughout the summer, and continue to wish you well.


As the University has suspended all Columbia-related travel, both domestic and international, for all affiliates until further notice, travel for a summer opportunity — internship, research, or volunteer opportunity will not be funded.   


Funding will be provided for fully virtual opportunities, which negate the need for domestic or international travel, and which are virtual for the duration of the opportunity.  For example, these opportunities would include, working from a remote location and telecommuting.  

However, if there are no governmental restrictions in place within your hometown or your summer location as well as the location of your summer opportunity, then the opportunity may be eligible for funding, upon application review and approval by Columbia. We encourage you to apply. 


Complete the Summer Funding Programs Application. If you receive funding you will have to abide by all governmental orders or advisories at the local, state/regional and national levels which necessitate social distancing and other public health measures as well as stay at home orders. This applies to both domestic as well as international locations.  You will be expected to acknowledge this requirement prior to receiving final approval for your Columbia-funded opportunity.

You will be expected to report any change in the nature of the functional responsibilities of your summer experience, as well as the location of the work (even if later allowed by the lifting of local, state/regional or national stay at home restrictions) to Columbia and receive approval, from us, before adjusting your experience. 


Please follow all application instructions carefully and review all eligibility requirements before you apply. All application materials, including your letter of recommendation and employer verification forms, are due by the application deadline. You are responsible for reaching out to your letter writer and supervisor to ensure their materials are submitted by the application deadline. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please carefully review these instructions, the link to start your application is at the end of the instructions.

1. Complete Part 1 of the Funding Program Application Form

This will collect your biographical information and your recommender’s information. We strongly urge you to complete this component early to ensure your recommender has sufficient time to submit their letter. 

2. Complete Part 2 of the Funding Program Application Form

This section will collect your position information. Upon submission, your supervisor will be sent instructions to verify your position and time commitment. We strongly urge you to complete this component as soon as you finalize your position to ensure that your supervisor has sufficient time to verify your opportunity.

3. At the end of Part 2, you will need to upload your resume and personal statement

  1. Resume  - For resume help, please feel free to utilize CCE’s Quick Question hours or schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

  2. Personal Statement - Your statement should be limited to three pages, double-spaced. Include the prompts outlined below in your essay to ensure you answer all questions thoroughly. 





If you are reapplying for an opportunity that is continuing into the next semester, explain if your duties or projects will be changing or if you will be assuming any additional levels of responsibility. Include information about why you are interested in continuing your work at this particular organization. With regards to learning objectives, please respond to these questions: 

4. Complete your Budget Form 

Visit your dashboard to monitor the status of all your application materials. Please note that on the budget form, all reason and rationale fields are limited to 255 characters. You will not be able to submit the form if the fields exceed 255 characters. 

CLICK HERE to start your application.


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.** When completing your school sponsorship application:

  • If participating in an established set program, enter the corresponding coordinating program

  • If not participating in a set program, add CCE as a coordinating program

  • In the funding program section, select Summer Funding Programs (CCE)

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 utrc@columbia.edu.

If you do not submit a School Sponsorship application and complete all subsequent pre-departure requirements, you may face disciplinary action.

*Graduate students participating in a Columbia led, Columbia facilitated and/or recognized program such as 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 summer funding programs with overseas opportunities who plan to travel in May should apply for school sponsorship by the funding program application deadline. Submitting a school sponsorship application does not guarantee you will receive funding. Similarly receiving summer funding does not guarantee approval of your school sponsorship application. Please note that school sponsorship applications related to summer funding programs will not be approved unless the student receives a summer funding award. Students who submit a school sponsorship application and do not receive a summer funding award must withdraw their school sponsorship application unless they are also part of the CEO or STEP programs. In those cases, sponsorship applications should not be withdrawn.

If you have any questions about the funding programs or the application process, please contact us at columbia-wep@columbia.edu.