Congratulations to the Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students awarded  Work Exemption Program (WEP) grants for the fall 2018 semester!


    The Work Exemption Program (WEP) is part of Columbia University’s enhanced financial aid program for undergraduate students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. Recipients receive a Columbia Grant to support their pursuit of unpaid internships, research projects, and community outreach, locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Columbia Grant eligible students have the option of applying for an exemption from their summer work expectation (Student Contribution) or their in-school work expectation (Student Employment or Federal Work Study). Applications included a personal statement, resume, letter of recommendation, and employer verification form.

    Since the program started in 2009, over 2,200 students have benefited from WEP grants.

    What types of things did Students do with the grant?

    The Work Exemption Program Committee awarded a total of nearly $130,000 in WEP grants to students. Student experiences this Fall range from research to the arts to community outreach, and even to local government.

    Students will be interning, researching, and volunteering across campus, in New York City and remotely, this fall. There are a handful of students who will be volunteering with Columbia University’s Emergency Medical Services. More than half of this fall’s recipients will be engaged with research opportunities on-campus. Some of the labs where students will intern this fall include: Hood Visual Science Lab, the Robotics and Rehabilitation Lab, the Irving Cancer Research Center, the Cellular Engineering Lab, and the Myers Soft Tissue Lab.

    Other recipients will be engaged with arts/humanities internships at organizations such as Vineyard Theatre, Public Art Fund, and Poets House. A number of recipients will be involved in community outreach and local government work through internships at the District Office of New York State Assemblyman Michael Blake, Harlem Grown, and the Office of Senator Cory A. Booker.

    A Cross-Campus Collaboration: 

    The Work Exemption Program Committee, comprised of administrators representing offices across Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, met in September to determine recipients. 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

    Learn more about the WEP grants

    Visit our Funding page to learn more and see the variety of experiences supported by WEP grants.

    We wish all recipients the best for a productive fall semester!