SIPA SUMMER INTERNSHIP GRANTS

Below are general eligibility requirements for all SIPA internship grants; however, eligibility requirements will vary for each grant. Please refer to each grant's Job ID posting in SIPAlink for specific information. Each SIPA summer internship grant applicant is responsible for reviewing and adhering to all below information prior to applying for a grant.

STUDENT ELIGIBILITY

  • Student must be matriculated at SIPA or in a dual degree program with SIPA.
  • Student must be in a full-time program and in good academic standing.
  • Student must be in a program where the internship is a degree requirement.
  • Student must be returning to SIPA or the dual degree university in the fall semester.
  • Student must be a first-time recipient of SIPA summer internship funding.
  • Students in the MPA-EPM, PESP, EMPA, GEMPA, and Ph.D. programs are ineligible to apply.
  • Students must submit a COMPLETE grant application prior to the respective deadline. 

 

INTERNSHIP ELIGIBILITY

  • The internship must be relevant to ongoing coursework and provide professional work experience.
  • The internship offer must be secured at the time of application. Incomplete offer letters = incomplete and therefore ineligible grant applications. 
  • "Independent study" internships or academic/language courses abroad are not eligible.
  • Total compensation for the internship from the internship organization or any and all other funding sources is unpaid (all SIPA grants except Travel Grant) or is less than $3,000 USD (Travel Grant only).
  • Only summer internship positions are eligible.
  • Internship positions must be a minimum of six weeks in duration. 
  • Internships in student's family-owned organizations are not eligible.
  • Travel Grant only: Travel to a country of which the student is a citizen does not qualify, unless the student is also a permanent resident (green card holder or citizen) of the US and will provide proof of this status.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • All student and internship eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for consideration. Grant awards are not automatic. 
  • Grant applications will not be considered complete nor eligible unless all required documents are appropriately submitted to OCS by the application deadline.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: Students MUST upload all required documents to the PROPER categories in SIPAlink > My Documents. Refer to each grant's SIPAlink posting for more details.
  • If you receive a SIPA internship grant and can no longer undertake the internship, please notify the Office of Career Services (sipainternships@sipa.columbia.edu).
  • Each SIPA summer internship grant applicant is responsible for reviewing and adhering to all above information prior to applying for a grant.

 

TRAVEL GRANT

Information regarding the Travel Grant will be available in late fall or early spring semesters. SIPA OCS will also conduct grant information sessions in late fall and early spring to provide a brief overview of the summer internship funding opportunities and general tips on finding your own funding for your summer internship. Please check back here as well as review the OCS Weekly News e-newsletter, OCS social media, and signage outside of OCS for more details soon.

 

OTHER FUNDING SOURCES & TIPS

Information regarding other funding sources and related advice will be available in late fall or early spring semesters. SIPA OCS will also conduct grant information sessions in late fall and early spring to provide a brief overview of the summer internship funding opportunities and general tips on finding your own funding for your summer internship. Please check back here as well as review the OCS Weekly News e-newsletter, OCS social media, and signage outside of OCS for more details soon.