Internship in Building Community

The Internship in Building Community (IBC) affords undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to develop collaborative learning and leadership skills while working for a dynamic multicultural academic program.

  • Learn valuable skills to prepare for a career in teaching, social work, business, politics, and other fields that call for effective and empathetic communicators;
  • Work with bright, highly motivated peers and high school students;
  • Spend your summer in New York City;
  • Receive a salary of $2,000 and free room and board.

The Internship in Building Community runs from June 8 to August 2, 2014.

About the Program

The Internship in Building Community is ideal for growth-oriented, creative college students who are interested in collaborating with others to build and help shaped a sophisticated residential and campus life community. Interns hone their communication, leadership, and organizational skills while contributing in such areas as teaching, event planning, academic administration, civic engagement, media, publicity, or marketing.

The IBC is divided into two parts:

  1. A two-week Seminar in which interns work with program veterans and community building professionals to share, learn and innovate the strategies of self-aware, empathetic, productive leaders.

  2. A Practicum, lasting six weeks, in which each intern serves as both a resident adviser and a program assistant for Columbia's Summer Program for High School Students. Using skills developed during the Seminar, interns are responsible for creating a cohesive, lively, and respectful student community.

    Intern Responsibilities During the Practicum

    Throughout the Practicum, interns meet to discuss their experiences, challenges, and accomplishments, adding to their skills and contributing the development and capabilities of the program.

    As interns reflect back over their experience, they consider the theoretical (Seminar) alongside the practical (Practicum), providing interns with valuable insight into the challenges and benefits of fostering and maintaining functional, enriching communities.

    The interns complete the program with real-world experience in leadership and responsibility and find that their fellow community builders have become a valuable network for sharing experiences and support in the future.