Research, Internships & Study Abroad

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Research, Internships & Study Abroad

Education occurs beyond the classroom at Columbia. Whether through internships, study abroad programs or research experiences, or perhaps even a mixture of all three, our students seek opportunities to build upon what they have learned here. You might spend a year in Kyoto studying Japanese or a summer working at Google’s New York City headquarters. Or maybe even conduct research with a Nobel Prize winner on campus. The possibilities are limitless. And who knows what these experiences might lead to? You might discover a new career interest or a lifelong passion for something previously unimaginable.

> $1 million

awarded in spring 2019 for unpaid or low-paid internships, research and volunteer opportunities

Ellen DeGeneres surprises Columbia student (youtube video)

Sara Sakowitz '18SEAS was invited to share her cancer research on camera with Ellen DeGeneres.

CU Film Productions highlights undergraduate filmmakers at short film contest

Columbia undergraduates compete in this annual film festival on campus.

“My adviser directed me to the Office of Pre-Professional Advising as I became more certain about my goal to attend medical school. They sent me e-mails about health sciences internships, summer programs and upcoming speakers, which made the opportunities to explore the field of medicine much greater and easier to access. ”


of internships offered through the Center of Career Education


foreign languages offered

Research Opportunities

Columbia is one of the finest research institutions in the world, with hundreds of labs led by pioneers in the field, conducting nearly $1 billion of annual research in over 200 research centers and institutes.

Undergraduate Scientific Research (youtube video)

Scientific research is accessible for undergraduates as soon as they arrive on campus.


study-abroad programs through the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement
“The Center for Career Education has been an invaluable resource for me since I went to my first workshop, “How to Write a Resume.” I then applied to CCE’s Virtual Internship Program and worked for Community Enterprise Solutions, an economic development non-profit that works in rural Guatemala. When I was later interning in San Francisco, I was connected to an alumni mentor who gave me invaluable career and life advice. This would not have been possible without CCE.”

Mary K.

Connecting Kids to Brain Science (vimeo video)

Undergraduates can join the Education Lab to give students in the local community a hands-on science experience.

Columbia Throws "Pajama Party" for Higgs Particle Announcement

Faculty members, students and friends gathered to experience one of the biggest developments in particle physics.