The Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University can provide you with a New York-based internship in the not-for-profit sector. Alongside your internship, you’ll take part in educational programming designed to help you think critically about public service and prepare to be successful at work.

The program is coordinated in partnership with the Center for Career Education (CCE), Student Engagement, and Kenneth Cole Productions.

A variety of roles are typically available including community organizing, project management, fundraising, research, communications, direct client service, and more! The following are a small sampling of issue areas in which students have interned through the program:

  • Immigrant Rights

  • Legal Advocacy

  • Corporate Responsibility

  • Women’s Health

  • Public Policy

  • Education

  • Urban/Community Improvements

  • Environmental Issues

  • Faith based organizations

  • Youth Development

  • LGBTQ Rights

  • Child & Family Services

Program Features 

The Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University is a combination of internship experience at a not-for-profit organization, peer connections with other program interns, and professional career development and support from a career counselor. Program features include the following:

Program features include:

  • Pre-program training that includes program overview, professional skills building workshops, discussion with non-profit professionals, and activities designed to help you think critically about service and the role of identity in civic engagement.

  • Twelve-week internship for 10-20 hours per week during the spring semester.

  • A Q&A session with Kenneth Cole to learn about his work at the intersection of business and philanthropy.

  • One-on-one career counseling appointments throughout the 12 weeks to support and enhance the internship experience.

  • End-of-program reflection session where you meet to unpack and reflect on internship experience and learn from your peers.

  • $1,000 stipend to assist with living expenses associated with the internship (commonly used for transportation and lunch). For more information on stipend payments, please review this information from Student Financial Services.

Program Benefits 

You will:

  • Gain a richer understanding of the non-profit sector by interning at a local organization.

  • Be exposed to a wide variety of roles in the field through opportunities to network with civic engagement professionals and other interns

  • Acquire professional skills such as research, effective communication, problem solving, time management, and project management.

  • Be able to articulate your experience and reflect upon your internship experience appropriately to highlight key transferable skills.


  • You must be a full-time currently enrolled undergraduate student in both the fall and spring semesters in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the School of General Studies.

  • You must be able to commit 10-20 hours per week for the entire 12 week internship.

  • You are only eligible to be part of the Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University one time during your time at Columbia University.

  • International students need to apply for Pre-Completion OPT (Optional Practical Training) or F-1 CPT (Curricular Practical Training) as these are off-campus internship experiences.  Visit the Columbia International Students & Scholars Office employment section to learn more.

*By submitting an application, you authorize the Center for Career Education to conduct academic and disciplinary checks to confirm program eligibility. Certain University policy violations may disqualify you from consideration for the program.

Application Process & Timeline 

Application Process:

Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University internships will be posted in LionSHARE starting in October.  Under the jobs tab using the label function, search “Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University (kccap@cu)” to locate all program opportunities. You may apply to up to three (3) positions of interest.

The following documents must be submitted through LionSHARE for each position of interest:

  1. Resume

  2. Cover Letter (if required by employer)

  3. Transcript (can be unofficial): This is your current semester course schedule which you should access by logging onto Student Services Online, clicking on “My Schedule” and copying and pasting your course schedule into a Microsoft Word Document. The schedule should show your full name, your school, your Fall 2018 Courses, and your enrollment status.


  • End of October — Submit applications by end of October via LionSHARE
  • November — Employers will select candidates to interview either in person, phone or video
  • Early December — Offers are made to candidates
  • Mid-January — Internship Pre-Program Training
  • End of January- Mid-April — Internship
  • Mid-April — Reflection Session


Am I eligible to apply if I am studying abroad?
  • Yes, if you are studying abroad during the fall semester, we encourage you to apply. You will be ineligible if you are studying abroad during the spring semester as you will not be able to fulfill the requirement of working 10-20 hours per week at the organization. 

Can I apply for more than one internship?
  • Yes, you may apply for up to three internships offered through the Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University. Submit all applications through LionSHARE.