Record Breaking Year

We’re breaking records this summer administering over $1 million in grants and funding awards to support 304 Columbia students! This cycle we saw our highest volume of applicants and an unparalleled total amount awarded at $1,083,241. Our recipients represent Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and General Studies and the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020. Award winners are pursuing unpaid or low-paid internships or research opportunities in a wide variety of industries across the globe. The funding assists students with cost of living and supplements compensation in order to put these opportunities in reach.

STudent experiences funded

Of our 167 funding program awardees, 33 are working overseas and 30 of our 176 Work Exemption Program (WEP) grant recipients are pursuing global opportunities. Awardees have secured work in locations such as Ghana, Mongolia, Brazil, Singapore, Jordan, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, and Greece among many others.

Our awardees are not only in many diverse locations domestically and globally, but will be engaged in a myriad of opportunities including African Health Now, Creative Machines Lab, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, International Medical Corps, Petra National Trust, Wildlife Conservation Society, and Engineers Without Borders.

WEP and Eric Holder Internship Fund award recipient, Keziah Anderson (CC’20)

We were able to reach all-time highs this summer with the addition of three new funding programs. This summer was the inaugural award cycle for our Andrew Hyman Fellowship in Public Service Fund, Eric Holder Internship Fund, Pritzker Pucker Summer Internship Fund which awarded over $55,000.


We received 448 applications for summer 2017 funding. Two committees comprised of our staff and almost 40 university representatives, reviewed and evaluated each application and together chose over 300 awardees. Committee members represented Office of the President, Financial Aid, Berick Center for Student Advising, Columbia College Office of the Dean, Office of Global Programs, Columbia Engineering Office of the Dean, Columbia Undergraduate Admissions, and Undergraduate Student Life.