The Virtual Internship Program (VIP) provides you with an innovative internship experience based in cities across the globe in a variety of career fields.

Through VIP, you will develop an enhanced professional skill set, interact with co-workers, clients and supervisors remotely and contribute to projects while working in the comfort of your own space. In the past, students in VIP have held internships in the following industries or job functions:

  • Public Relations/Marketing

  • Consulting

  • Start-Ups

  • Public Health

  • Not-for-Profit/NGO

  • Arts Administration

  • Legal Advocacy

  • and more!

Program Features 

VIP is a combination of a virtual internship experience, peer connections with other VIP interns, professional career development programming, and support from a career counselor.

Program features include:

  • Pre-program training that includes a program overview, professional skills workshops, and panel discussion with former VIP participants.

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

  • Mid-semester dinner with other interns to discuss and debrief on internship experiences.

  • One-on-one career counseling appointments throughout the ten 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.

Program Benefits 

You will:

  • Develop time-management, organization, and communication skills

  • Foster an understanding of virtual work trends across industries

  • Establish professional skills and industry knowledge related to your individual internship

  • Gain familiarity with a virtual work structure, including tools and techniques to manage responsibilities and share information

Eligibility 

Eligibility

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

  • 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 VIP program one time during your time at Columbia University.

*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

VIP internships will be posted in LionSHARE.  Under the jobs tab using the label function, search “VIP-Virtual Internship Program” 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 Spring 2017 Courses, and your enrollment status.

Timeline

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

FAQs

Am I eligible to apply if I am studying abroad?

  • Yes,  if you are studying abroad, we enourage you to apply.   If you will be abroad during this time, please indicate this on your cover letter.  

Are the internships paid?

  • You receive a $600 stipend for your internship work (provided by the employer and the Center)

Can I apply for more than one internship?

  • Yes, you may apply for up to three internships offered through the VIP. Submit all applications through LionSHARE.

Program Semester

Spring

Application Deadlines

End of October — date will be updated once deadline is determined.