The application for summer 2020 is open.

Admission into the internship is highly selective. Only those applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in and capacity for working with high school students are accepted.

Applicants interested in gaining experience in residential life, academic affairs, higher education administration, student affairs, primary and secondary school teaching, communications, event planning, online media, or who wish to bolster their leadership, organizational, and communication skills are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with a limited number of positions available, most of which are filled prior to the application deadline.

Due to the large number of applications received each year, not all applicants will be contacted.

Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST.
March 1


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program and have studied in the United States for at least one academic year prior to the start of the internship.

Authorization to work in the United States is required and cannot be provided or sponsored by Columbia University. If you are unsure of your work eligibility, please confer with your home institution's International Student Services Office.

Application Materials

The application must be completed online in its entirety. Mailed submissions will not be considered.

Applications will not be reviewed until all materials have been received. Letters of Recommendation can arrive after the online application form and resume have been submitted.

  • Application Form. The online application form must be completed in its entirety prior to being submitted. The application form can be fully previewed by following the form link. Applicants can save entered information and return to the form at a later time.

    Please complete the application using the following link.

  • Résumé. Applicants will be asked to attach a detailed résumé to their online application form. The résumé should be in PDF format and should be titled with the applicant's name.

  • Letter of Recommendation. Recommendation letters must be provided by an applicant's professor, advisor, or other university administrator. Additionally, the letter must be submitted via email from the recommender’s .edu email address. The letter must be submitted as an attachment to the email and on official school letterhead. Recommendation letters submitted by the applicant or by mail will not be accepted. Letters should be emailed to

    A recommender should know the applicant well and should comment on their character; academic, intellectual, and creative strengths; capacity to work with young people; and promise as a future leader. The recommender's key role is to provide a candid evaluation of a potential applicant.

  • Personal Interviews. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an online interview after their application has been reviewed and deemed eligible to move on to the next round of the application process. Interviews are scheduled beginning in January.

    Please note, not all applicants will receive an interview request.

Application Status Inquiries

Applicants will receive a confirmation email once their application form and résumé have been successfully submitted via the online application portal.

Letters of Recommendation

Upon receiving the applicant's letter of recommendation, applicants will receive an additional communication confirming its arrival. Please note, confirmation emails are not immediate and are sent out once a week.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to follow-up with their recommender to ensure timely submission of the recommendation.

Review Timeline

Applications are not reviewed until all application materials have been received. Upon completion, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to high volume and peak periods, application review can take 2 - 4 weeks. If an applicant is deemed eligible for the interview round, they will receive an email inviting them to schedule an online interview. Interviews are scheduled beginning in January.

Please note, not all applicants will proceed to the interview round, nor will applicants be contacted if their application is no longer under consideration.