The New York City Experience


Connect with the world’s top employers

SIPA draws strength from the resources of New York City. The UN and other international organizations, leading companies in finance, media, and other industries, countless nonprofits, a high-profile city government, and many others give you the chance to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom.

An education that extends beyond classroom walls

As a student you'll participate in a practicum designed to meet the needs of real-world clients. You'll hear from visiting heads of state, government leaders, and business executives. You can gain experience during the semester as an intern—at the United Nations, a major private company, or a small nonprofit organization. In New York City and around the world, SIPA students see the impact of public policy and apply the lessons to the next challenge.

The ultimate college town

Renowned for its parks, theaters, museums, restaurants, and cultural events, New York City is an incredibly exciting and dynamic place to live. Exploring the city is one of the great joys of being part of the Columbia community.

Learning from luminaries

SIPA counts prize-winning scholars and practitioners among its distinguished faculty members. We also regularly welcome some of the world’s leading voices to campus. Indeed, you never know who might visit for a lecture or panel discussion: Ban Ki-Moon, Emmanuel Macron, Hillary Clinton, Margarethe Vestager, Eric Schmidt, and David Miliband are just a few visitors of note in recent years.

A diverse and global community

In any given year, SIPA students and faculty come from nearly 100 countries, with approximately half of the student body from overseas. Varied student organizations like the Columbia SIPA Veterans Association, SIPA Pan-African Network, and Gender Policy Working Group provide opportunities for intellectual exploration, social activities, and more.