A Record-Breaking Year!

We broke records this summer by administering over $1.1 million in Work Exemption Program (WEP) grants and summer funding awards to Columbia undergraduate students! A University-wide committee of administrators reviewed the largest pool of summer funding program applications received to date. The offices represented on the review committee include:

  • Center for Career Education
  • Columbia Financial Aid & Educational Financing
  • Columbia College Alumni Affairs and Development
  • Berick Center for Student Advising
  • Columbia College Office of the Dean
  • Office of Global Programs
  • Columbia Engineering Office of the Dean
  • Columbia Undergraduate Admissions
  • Undergraduate Student Life

The highly selective funding and awards will assist students pursuing unpaid or low-paid internships or research opportunities in a variety of industries across the globe.

Summer funding program awards support recipients’ cost of living (housing, food, transportation) while Work Exemption Program grants waive recipients’ summer work expectation.

We look forward to hearing from students about what they learn this summer!

Funding Paves the Way for Student Experiences Around the Globe

The students receiving summer funding program awards and Work Exemption Program (WEP) grants will be interning across the globe in locations such as Jordan, China, Rwanda, Italy, and Ecuador. Domestically, students will be interning in California, Virginia, North Carolina, Minnesota, New York, and Georgia.  

With internships taking students to locations near and far, awardees are also interning across industries with opportunities including Engineers Without Borders, National Eye Institute, New York City Ballet, Environmental Law Institute, Creative Machines Laboratory, Legendary Pictures, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

STREAMLINED APPLICATION — Now It’s Easier to APply than Ever

This year we streamlined our application to better assist students applying for funding. Instead of having to apply to multiple funding programs, students submitted one summer funding program application with the option to be considered for a Work Exemption Program (WEP) grant. Applications included a personal statement, resume, budget form, letter of recommendation, and employer verification form. Students selected to receive funding were then matched with a donor fund.


We wish to sincerely thank our generous donors who financially support this program year after year!

Thank you for valuing student experiential learning and providing so many students with the means to gain professional work experience, dig deep into research and pursue career and academic goals this summer.

Visit our Funding page to learn more!