Each year, SIPA provides a limited number of competitive internship stipends to qualifying students to partially supplement the costs of unpaid or low-paying summer internships. Individual stipends are advertised by the CAC early in the spring semester and all application deadlines occur in April. The CAC strongly encourages students to begin both their internship search and internship funding search early and in the fall semester, as several application deadlines for other Columbia institute and external summer internship grants occur between December and March.

The CAC facilitates multiple SIPA summer internship funding programs for unpaid or low-pay internships. Students wishing to apply for SIPA stipends should read the information below and apply for the individual stipends.

Students may also wish to seek funding for summer internships from external funding. A flyer has been provided below as a resource to navigate the search for external financial support for internships.

2022 Columbia and External Summer Internship Funding Opportunities 

Students interested in learning more about SIPA summer internship stipends are encouraged to attend one of the information sessions hosted during the spring semester. See the schedule below for dates/times.

SPRING INFORMATION SESSIONS:

 

Tuesday, January 25 at 1pm ET | Summer Internship Funding Information Session

Friday,  February 4 at 1pm ET | Summer Internship Funding Information Session

Monday,  February 7 at 1pm ET | Tamer Center for Social Enterprise Summer Fellowships Information Session

Thursday, February 17 at 1pm ET | Summer Internship Funding Information Session

Thursday,  February 24 at 1pm ET | Summer Internship Funding Information Session

Tuesday, March 8 at 1pm ET | Summer Internship Funding Information Session

Tuesday, April 5 at 1pm ET | Summer Internship Funding Information Session

Interested students can register for these events on SIPAlink

SIPA Summer Internship Stipends

CAC Travel Stipend

The CAC Travel Stipend eligibility has been expanded this year to include domestic US-based internships (either remote or in-person) and international internships (either remote or in-person), depending on the institution’s travel policy at the time of the internship.

The CAC provides internship stipends to qualifying students to help defray the costs of unpaid or low-paid ($2,999 or LESS total pay/funding) summer internships. Each year, the number of awards and the amount of each award depends on the number of qualified applicants. Qualified applicants who submit complete applications may receive a stipend. Past awards have ranged from $900 - $2,500.

It is the student's responsibility to register their travel and adhere to the University's Summer 2022 Travel Restrictions.

Students can review the University's Travel Policy for more information.

Interested students should complete the application below. All student and internship eligibility should also be reviewed, below, prior to applying for the stipend. 

***DP students who receive $2,999 or less in financial support for their summer field placements are eligible to apply for the CAC Travel Stipend***

Please note that international students may be taxed at a 14% rate depending on their country of residence.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  1. Student must be matriculated at SIPA or matriculated in a dual degree program with SIPA prior to January 2022.
  2. Student must be in a full-time program and in good academic standing at the time of their application submission (3.0 or above GPA at the time of application).
  3. Student must be returning to SIPA or the dual degree university in the fall semester.
  4. Student must never have received a CAC travel stipend or other SIPA summer internship stipend/grant.
  5. Students in the MPA-EPM, MPA-ESP, EMPA, GEMPA and Ph.D. programs are ineligible to apply.
  6. Students that matriculated into SIPA in January 2022 are ineligible.

INTERNSHIP ELIGIBILITY

  1. The internship must be relevant to ongoing coursework and provide professional work experience.
  2. The internship offer must be secured at the time of application.
  3. Independent study research, language training or studies, coursework, internships in a family-owned organization, or your own organization are ineligible.
  4. Positions must be a minimum of six weeks in duration in the summer.
  5. Total compensation for the internship from the internship employer and/or other funding sources (e.g., Columbia University Institutes, foundations, fellowships) is $2,999 USD or LESS.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

  1. Application form
  2. Resume (SIPA-required format - MUST include GPA)
  3. Offer letter from the internship organization either on its official letterhead or from the organization’s email address (not from a Hotmail, Gmail, or yahoo address). This letter or email must: (i) confirm an internship offer has been extended; (ii) specify the duties to be undertaken by the intern (internship duties may be listed in a separate document); (iii) specify the location, start and end date of the internship, and hours per week; (iv) specify whether internship will be paid or unpaid; and (v) if paid, specify salary or stipend amount.
  4. Official undergraduate transcripts (February 2024 grads ONLY)
  5. Signed copy of the Travel Grant Eligibility Agreement 
  6. Signed copy of the Travel Grant School Disclaimer Agreement 
  7. All international students must complete and submit a signed copy of the Attestation Form for Receiving Grants and Stipends.
  8. Read the US Government's travel safety information and Current Travel Warnings and Health and Insurance Information. You will be required to confirm that you have reviewed this information on the online travel application.

DEADLINE

All application materials must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on April 29, 2022, in order to be considered for a stipend.

No late or incomplete applications will be considered. 

It is the student’s responsibility to plan in advance of the above deadline regarding application questions or technical issues. All questions should be directed to SIPA CAC prior to the deadline and during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm) by phone at 212.854.4613 or email at [email protected].

 

Jorge Paulo Lemann Summer Internship Stipend

The School of International and Public Affairs is pleased to offer the Jorge Paulo Lemann Summer Internship Stipend. This award has been made possible by the Jorge Paulo Lemann Foundation. An award of between $2,000 and $4,000 will be given to 1-2 students participating in an unpaid summer internship focused on Brazil that promotes social change and/or economic improvement. 

The student can use this money to offset travel or living expenses. The student must demonstrate merit and need.

Please note that international students may be taxed at a 14% rate depending on their country of residence.

Student Eligibility

  1. Student must be matriculated at SIPA or in a joint-degree program with SIPA prior to January 2022.
  2. Student must be a full-time student and in good academic standing. 
  3. Student must be returning to SIPA or the joint-degree program upon completion of the internship.
  4. Student must be a first-time recipient of this stipend.
  5. Students in the ESP, PEPM, EMPA and Ph.D. programs are ineligible.
  6. Students that matriculated into SIPA in January 2022 are ineligible. 

Internship Eligibility

  1. The internship must be a degree requirement for your program. 
  2. The internship must be relevant to ongoing coursework and provide professional work experience.
  3. The internship must be unpaid (including outside funding).
  4. Independent study research, language training or studies, coursework, internships in a family-owned organization, or your own organization are ineligible.
  5. Only summer internship positions are eligible. 
  6. Positions must be a minimum of six weeks in duration. 
  7. The internship must be focused on Brazil and must promote social change and/or economic improvement.

Domestic internships and/or internships located outside of the region are eligible, so long as they have a Brazil focus.

DEADLINE

The completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2022. All materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the stipend.

Failure to submit proper documentation will prevent CAC’s receipt of your full application. Please allow sufficient time to properly submit your documents and visit CAC for technical assistance prior to the deadline. 

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required Documents

  1. Application form
  2. Resume (SIPA-required format - MUST include GPA)
  3. Personal statement: Please detail the work you will be doing for your internship and how the internship is related to your current studies and career goals. Reference past and current experiences that demonstrate your interest in work in/on Brazil and/or Latin America. One-page maximum.
  4. Official undergraduate transcripts (Feb. 2024 grads ONLY)
  5. Offer letter from the internship organization either on its official letterhead or from the organization’s official email address (not from a personal email address). Offer letter or email must (i) confirm an internship offer has been extended; (ii) confirm that the internship is unpaid; (iii) specify the duties to be undertaken by the intern; (iv) and specify the duration of the internship and hours per week. 
  6. Signed letter of recommendation on the recommender’s organization letterhead or from the recommender’s employer official email address (not from a personal email address). We recommend that the reference be written by a professor or professional associate with direct knowledge of the applicant’s abilities,  experience, interest in the stipend and internship, and overall professional interests.
  7. Signed copy of the Eligibility Agreement
  8. Signed copy of the School Disclaimer Agreement
  9. All international students must complete and submit a signed copy of the Attestation Form for Receiving Grants and Stipends

Selection and Disbursement Process

CAC will process the applications and distribute them to a selection committee comprised of SIPA faculty and administrators. CAC will notify all applicants of the selection committee’s decision and will provide recipients with disbursement information.

 

Named Summer Internship Stipends at SIPA

The School of International and Public Affairs is pleased to offer several named packages to students completing internships that meet the eligibility requirements detailed in this application. These awards have been made possible by the SJS Charitable Trust, the Charlie and Georgia Adams Internship Fund, and the Brett A. Olsher Goldman Sachs Fund. Between 6 – 10 students will receive awards ranging between $3,000 and $5,000 to support their unpaid summer internship in the U.S. or abroad. Selected recipients will demonstrate strong academic merit and financial need, and award size will be based on such factors. The student can use this money to offset travel and/or living expenses.

Students with experience and/or interest in non-profit, public service, and/or the energy sectors are especially encouraged to apply. Interested students should complete an application, which includes a brief personal statement. 

Please note that international students may be taxed at a 14% rate depending on their country of residence.

Student Eligibility

  1. Student must be matriculated at SIPA or in a joint-degree program with SIPA prior to January 2022.
  2. Student must be a full-time student and in good academic standing. 
  3. Student must be returning to SIPA or the joint-degree program upon completion of the internship.
  4. Student must be a first-time recipient of this stipend.
  5. Students in the ESP, PEPM, EMPA, GEMPA, and Ph.D. programs are ineligible.
  6. Students that matriculated into SIPA in January 2022 are ineligible.

Internship Eligibility

  1. The internship must be a degree requirement for your program. 
  2. The internship must be relevant to ongoing coursework and provide professional work experience.
  3. The internship must be unpaid (including outside funding).
  4. Independent study research, language training or studies, coursework, internships in a family-owned organization, or your own organization are ineligible.
  5. Only summer internship positions are eligible. 
  6. Positions must be a minimum of six weeks in duration. 

DEADLINE

The completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2022. All materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the stipend.

Failure to submit proper documentation will prevent CAC’s receipt of your full application. Please allow sufficient time to properly submit your documents and visit CAC for technical assistance prior to the deadline. 

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required Documents

  1. Application 
  2. Resume (SIPA-required format - MUST include GPA)
  3. Personal statement: Please detail the work you will be doing for your internship and how the internship is related to your studies and career goals. Reference past and current experiences that demonstrate your interest in the nonprofit, public service, and/or energy sectors. One-page maximum. 
  4. Official undergraduate transcripts (Feb. 2024 grads ONLY)
  5. Offer letter from the internship organization either on its official letterhead or from the organization’s official email address (not from a personal email address). Offer letter or email must (i) confirm an internship offer has been extended; (ii) confirm that the internship is unpaid; (iii) specify the duties to be undertaken by the intern; and (iv) specify the duration of the internship and hours per week.
  6. A signed letter of recommendation on the recommender’s organization letterhead or from the recommender’s employer official email address (not from a personal email address). We recommend that the reference be written by a professor or professional associate with direct knowledge of the applicant’s abilities, experience, interest in the stipend and internship, and overall professional interests.
  7. Budget Form
  8. Signed copy of the Eligibility Agreement 
  9. Signed copy of the School Disclaimer Agreement
  10. All international students must complete and submit a signed copy of the Attestation Form for Receiving Grants and Stipends 

Selection and Disbursement Process

CAC will process the applications and distribute them to a selection committee comprised of SIPA faculty and administrators. CAC will notify all applicants of the selection committee’s decision and will provide recipients with disbursement information.

 

SIPASA Summer Internship Stipend

SIPASA is pleased to support eligible MPA and MIA students who undertake unpaid summer internships. Each year, the number of awards and the amount of each award depends on the funding available and the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

Interested students should complete an application, which includes a brief personal statement. 

Please note that international students may be taxed at a 14% rate depending on their country of residence.

Student Eligibility

  1. Student must be matriculated at SIPA in an MPA or MIA program or in a dual degree MPA or MIA program with SIPA.
  2. Student must be a full-time student and in good academic standing.
  3. Student must be returning to SIPA or the joint-degree program upon completion of the internship.
  4. Student must never have received a SIPASA summer internship stipend.
  5. Student must be a first-time recipient of a SIPA summer internship stipend.
  6. Students in the ESP, PEPM, Ph.D., GEMPA, and EMPA programs are ineligible.
  7. Students that matriculated to SIPA in January 2022 are ineligible.

       

Internship Eligibility

  1. The internship must be a degree requirement for your program.
  2. The internship must be relevant to ongoing coursework and provide professional work experience.
  3. The internship must be unpaid.
  4. The internship must be conducted remotely or in-person (depending on the institution’s travel policies at the time of the internship).
  5. Independent study research, language training or studies, coursework, internships in a family-owned organization or your own organization are ineligible.
  6. Only summer internship positions are eligible. 
  7. Positions must be a minimum of six weeks in duration. 

 

DEADLINE

The completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2022. All materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the stipend. Failure to submit proper documentation will prevent CAC’s receipt of your full application. Please allow sufficient time to properly submit your documents and visit CAC for technical assistance prior to the deadline.

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.
 

Required Documents

  1. Application
  2. Resume (SIPA-required format - MUST include GPA)
  3. Personal statement: Please detail the work you will be doing for your internship and how the internship is related to your studies and career goals. Reference past and current experiences that demonstrate your interest and work in public service. 
  4. Official undergraduate transcripts (Feb. 2024 grads ONLY)
  5. Offer letter from the internship organization either on its official letterhead or from the organization’s official email address (not from a personal email address)
    Offer letter or email must (i) confirm an internship offer has been extended; (ii) confirm that the internship is unpaid; (iii) specify the duties to be undertaken by the intern; and (iv) specify the duration of the internship and hours per week.
  6. *OPTIONAL: Signed letter of recommendation on the recommender’s organization letterhead or from the recommender’s employer official email address (not from a personal email address). We recommend that the reference be written by a professor or professional associate with direct knowledge of the applicant’s abilities, experience, interest in the stipend and internship, and overall professional interests.

    *The SIPASA Summer Internship Stipend committee strongly recommends that applicants submit the optional recommendation letter since all information will be reviewed and considered when selecting the recipient(s).
  7. Signed copy of the Eligibility Agreement
  8. Signed copy of the School Disclaimer Agreement 
  9. All international students must complete and submit a signed copy of the Attestation Form for Receiving Grants and Stipends
     

Selection and Disbursement Process 

SIPASA is committed to ensuring an unbiased selection process. The selection committee consists of current SIPASA board members who are not eligible for the stipend. The Career Advancement Center (CAC) will process the applications and distribute the essays to selection committee members without applicants’ names. The selection committee will notify CAC of its decision. CAC will notify all applicants of the selection committee’s decision and will provide recipients with disbursement information.

 

Whitman Family Foundation Summer Fellowship In Environmental Policy Studies

With financial support from the Whitman Family Foundation, the School of International and Public Affairs is pleased to offer the Summer Fellowship in Environmental Policy. An award of $750 will be given to one student participating in an unpaid summer internship related to environmental policy. 

The student must be undertaking an internship with a nonprofit organization, government organization, or multilateral organization. The student can use this money to offset travel or living expenses. 

The student must demonstrate merit and need. Interested students should complete an application, which includes a brief personal statement. 

Please note that international students may be taxed at a 14% rate depending on their country of residence.

Student Eligibility

  1. Student must be matriculated at SIPA or in a joint-degree program with SIPA.
  2. Student must be a full-time student and in good academic standing. 
  3. Student must be returning to SIPA or the joint-degree program upon completion of the internship.
  4. Student must be a first-time recipient of this stipend.
  5. Students in the ESP, PEPM, EMPA, GEMPA, and Ph.D programs are ineligible.
  6. Student must be in the Energy and Environment concentration focusing on Environmental Policy.
  7. Students that matriculated into SIPA in January 2022 are ineligible.

Internship Eligibility

  1. The internship must be a degree requirement for your program. 
  2. The internship must be relevant to environmental policy and provide professional work experience.
  3. The internship must be unpaid.
  4. The internship must be with a nonprofit, government, or multilateral organization.
  5. Independent study research, language training or studies, coursework, internships in a family-owned organization or your own organization are ineligible.
  6. Only summer internship positions are eligible. 
  7. Positions must be a minimum of six weeks in duration. 

DEADLINE

The completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 29, 2022. All materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the stipend.

Failure to submit proper documentation will prevent CAC’s receipt of your full application. Please allow sufficient time to properly submit your documents and visit CAC for technical assistance prior to the deadline. 

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required Documents

  1. Application
  2. Resume (SIPA-required format - MUST include GPA)
  3. Personal statement: Please detail the work you will be doing for your internship and how the internship is related to your current studies, career goals, and environmental policy. Reference past and current experiences that demonstrate your interest in environmental affairs. One-page maximum. 
  4. Official undergraduate transcripts (Feb. 2024 grads ONLY)
  5. Offer letter from the internship organization either on its official letterhead or from the organization’s official email address (not from a personal email address). Offer letter or email must (i) confirm an internship offer has been extended; (ii) confirm that the internship is unpaid; (iii) specify the duties to be undertaken by the intern; and (iv) specify the duration of the internship and hours per week.
  6. A signed letter of recommendation on the recommender’s organization letterhead or from the recommender’s employer official email address (not from a personal email address). We recommend that the reference be written by a professor or professional associate with direct knowledge of the applicant’s abilities, experience, interest in the stipend and internship, and overall professional interests.
  7. Signed copy of the Eligibility Agreement
  8. Signed copy of the School Disclaimer Agreement
  9. All international students must complete and submit a signed copy of the Attestation Form for Receiving  Grants and Stipends

Selection and Disbursement Process

CAC will process the applications and distribute them to a selection committee comprised of SIPA faculty and administrators. CAC will notify all applicants of the selection committee’s decision and will provide recipients with disbursement information.

 

EPD Summer Internship Stipend

EPD has received funding to help support students pursuing summer internships related to economic development. The total of $10,000 will be split across four students, each receiving $2,500. This application is available to all continuing EPD students.

Given that the department can only make four awards, the following criteria will be used to help determine who receives the funds. The EPD program administration will prioritize applicants who: 1) Already have a summer internship confirmed, 2) Are undertaking an unpaid/low paid internship without other funding sources, and 3) Will be working on an internship connected to the theme of "economic development."

The application will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on May 2, 2022. There is no advantage to applying early. 

Please note that international students may be taxed at a 14% rate depending on their country of residence.

Student Eligibility

  1. Student must be matriculated at SIPA or in a joint-degree program with SIPA.
  2. Student must be enrolled in the EPD program.
  3. Student must be a full-time student and in good academic standing. 
  4. Student must be returning to SIPA or the joint-degree program upon completion of the internship.

Internship Eligibility

  1. The internship must be relevant to economic development and provide professional work experience.
  2. Independent study research, language training or studies, coursework, internships in a family-owned organization or your own organization are ineligible.
  3. Only summer internship positions are eligible. 
  4. Positions must be a minimum of four weeks in duration. Students utilizing the internship to satisfy the degree requirement or for credit should note the minimum work hours required (120 hours for 0 or 1.5 credits and 240 hours for 3 credits).

DEADLINE

The completed application and supporting documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on May 2, 2022. All materials must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the stipend.

Failure to submit proper documentation will prevent CAC’s receipt of your full application. Please allow sufficient time to properly submit your documents and visit CAC for technical assistance prior to the deadline. 

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required Documents

  1. Application
  2. Resume (SIPA-required format - MUST include GPA)
  3. Offer letter from the internship organization either on its official letterhead or from the organization’s official email address (not from a personal email address). Offer letter or email must (i) confirm an internship offer has been extended; (ii) confirm whether the internship is paid or unpaid; (iii) specify the duties to be undertaken by the intern; and (iv) specify the duration of the internship and hours per week.
  4. Signed copy of the Eligibility Agreement
  5. Signed copy of the School Disclaimer Agreement
  6. All international students must complete and submit a signed copy of the Attestation Form for Receiving Grants and Stipends

Selection and Disbursement Process

CAC will process the applications and distribute them to the EPD program administration for evaluation and selection. The EPD program administration will notify all applicants of the selection committee’s decision and the CAC will provide recipients with disbursement information.