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Summer Internship Funding Opportunities


  • 2017 OCS Travel Grant Application (STEP 1) -- Please refer to SIPAlink JOB ID: 66761 for Student/Internship Eligibility Requirements and to complete STEP 2 of the OCS Travel Grant application process.  


Each year, SIPA provides a limited number of competitive internship grants to qualifying students to help defray the costs of unpaid or low-paying summer internships. Individual grants are advertised by OCS early in the spring semester and all application deadlines occur in April. Information session dates and application instructions can be found in SIPAlink and the OCS Weekly News e-newsletter.

OCS strongly encourages students to begin both their internship search and internship funding search in the fall semester, as several application deadlines for other Columbia institute and external summer internship grants occur between December and March.  

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 listing in SIPAlink for specific information.



  • 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 PEPM, PESP, EMPA, GEMPA, and Ph.D. programs are ineligible to apply.
  • Students must submit a COMPLETE grant application prior to the respective deadline. 


  • The internship must be relevant to ongoing coursework and provide professional work experience.
  • The internship offer must be secured at the time of application.
  • "Independent study" internships or academic courses abroad are not eligible.
  • Total compensation for the internship from the internship organization or 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.
  • 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.


  • All student and internship eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for consideration. 
  • 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 listing for more details.

IMPORTANT: If you receive a SIPA internship grant and can no longer undertake the internship, please notify the Office of Career Services (