Q&A with Kenneth Cole

In the second to last week of their 12 week internships at New York City non-profits, students particpating in the Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University were invited to the program’s namesake himself. On April 7,  14 students from across Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and General Studies attended a Q&A with fashion house founder, Kenneth Cole, to learn more about how business can intersect with philanthropy.   This is Kenneth Cole Productions 3rd year partnering on this program and the Q&A with Kenneth is a high point each semester as Kenneth Cole is one of the thought leaders in the field of corporate social responsibility. At this Q&A, Kenneth encouraged students to evaluate what you as an individual can bring to a particular civic issue and to be creative and innovative in being a change agent. For example, Kenneth Cole has been able to use his brand to get social messages seen in both his advertisements, shoe drives, and more.

Spring 2017 InternshipS

Students participating in the program this Spring contributed to city non-profits in roles ranging from research, communications, development, program management, direct client service, youth development, community organizing, and more. They worked for organizations such as the Human Rights Foundation, Center for Jewish History, Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Vera Institute of Justice, among many others.  


The Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University provides students with a New York-based internship in the field of civic engagement and not-for-profit. Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference.

The Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University began in 2008 as a new way to engage students in the community while developing key transferable skills. Today, the program is also run in partnership with Kenneth Cole. With the support of career counseling professionals, students are able to identify and develop personal and professional goals. As part of the program, participants take part in networking events, training workshops and educational programming designed to help explore career opportunities in civic engagement throughout the Spring semester.

Learn more about the Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University.