Frequently Asked Questions

Residence Life Intern

General Information

Application Process

Role and Responsibilities

High School Students

What are the employment dates?

The Residence Life Intern role runs from June 11th to August 5th, 2023. This includes a 2-week training and a 6-week practicum.

Will the program potentially change to in-person or stay online the entire summer?

The Internship in Building Community will be back to an in-person modality for Summer 2023. There will also be additional offered positions in an online capacity for those who are unable to attend the onsite program. For more information on the digital program, please visit our Program Jobs page to learn about the Online Course Facilitator roles available.

Do I need experience as a Resident Advisor?

Although experience as a Resident Advisor is useful in this internship, it is not a requirement to apply. For more information regarding eligibility please visit the apply page.

What is the compensation rate for a Residence Life Intern?

Residence Life Interns are compensated $18.00 an hour and are paid on a bi-weekly schedule. Residence Life Interns can expect to work around 35 hours per week during Seminar and 30-45 hours per week during the Practicum.

Will the program cover the cost of my relocation to New York City?

Travel expenses for intern relocation to NYC are not covered by Columbia University. Housing and weekday meals on campus are however covered throughout an intern's stay on campus for the program.

Do I need to be familiar with New York city to succeed in the internship?

We are glad to have applicants who are new to the city. In fact, during the Seminar period, interns have the opportunity to explore the city and learn firsthand how to navigate local transportation.

Do I need to attend Columbia University or Barnard College to apply?

You do not have to attend Columbia University or Barnard College to apply for a Residence Life Intern position. However, applicants must have completed at least one academic year of study at an American college or university by the start of the internship, must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, and must be located in the United States.

Can I be an international student and apply?

International student may apply, however applicants must have completed at least one academic year of study at an American college or university by the start of the internship, must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program, and must be located in the United States at the time of application.

Who makes up the intern population?

The intern population is made up of undergraduate and graduate students from universities across the U.S. with various cultural and educational backgrounds.

Will I be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccination to work on campus?

All interns are required to show evidence of COVID-19 vaccination and follow COVID-19 safety policies while on campus. Religious and medical exemptions can be requested and will be reviewed in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

When does the application open? When does the application close?

The application opens on December 5th, 2022 and closes January 20th, 2023

When will my application be reviewed?

All application materials must be submitted for an applicant to be reviewed. This includes the online application, resume, and recommendation form. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

When will an applicant know their hiring decision?

If granted an interview opportunity, applicants will know if they have been extended a role by March 28th.

If you would like to inquire about the status of your application, you can email

When will an applicant know if they will be asked for an interview?

Applicants who are invited for a first round interview will be notified within a few weeks of submitting a completed application. However, we may extend additional interviews beyond that date.

Are interviews conducted online or in-person?

All interviews are conducted online via Zoom. Applicants should have a functioning webcam and microphone and ensure they have a stable internet connection prior to their scheduled interview.

Please note, not all applicants will receive an interview request. Only those deemed qualified for the next round in the application process will receive an invitation to interview.

How does my recommender submit their letter of recommendation?

Applicants should email the recommendation form to their recommender and ask them to submit the form no later than the application deadline of February 27th at 11:59 pm.

What is the time commitment per day? Week?

The time commitment varies between 6 to 8 hours a day, and 30-40 hours a week, with designated hours set according to your Program Assistant role and hours you are expected to be on-call for your high school students or run additional evening activities, such as optional clubs or pre-scheduled cultural excursions for the students. We expect that all Residence Life Interns are available for the duration of the program which includes a 2-week training and a 6-week practicum between June 11th and August 5th.

What does it mean to be, “on-call”?

The average work day at the IBC involves designated work hours and hours during which interns are “on call” and are expected to be available if one of their students or the program has need of them. These can lead to unscheduled hours in the cases of student needs such as an administrative, behavioral, or medical issues that may arise.

Will Residence Life Interns choose which program teams they are assigned to?

Residence Life Interns are asked their preference related to their Program Assistant roles during the Seminar Period. We will do our best to accommodate people’s interests but cannot guarantee that Interns will get their top choices.

Will I be able to take time off to attend prior commitments, such as weddings, family vacations, etc.?

As is detailed in the interview and employment contract, the IBC does not allow interns time away from the program for such events. Additionally, interns should not make plans for their free time during the internship until after they have arrived and understand the program schedule and requirements.

What is a typical day for the high school students?

Students are in class for 5 hours a day with a 2-hour midday break for lunch and midday activities. After class, additional extracurricular and co-curricular activities are offered. All students are welcome to participate in community outreach activities, special interest clubs and seminars, cultural activities, and college prep programming.

Are all of the high school students from the New York area?

Students participate from all over the world and across the United States. In past years, students have hailed from 70 countries and 45 U.S. states.