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Posted: March 5

Students are invited to learn about the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, supported by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to apply what they’re learning in the classroom with an organization making social change in the world.

The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise supports the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, a unique and exciting opportunity for students to apply what they’re learning in the classroom with an organization making social change in the world. This fellowship provides financial support to Columbia and Barnard undergraduate and graduate students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value. The fellowship program provides:

• students with opportunities to gain experience in their major or area of interest as it is relevant to these organizations; and
• social enterprises that create social and environmental value with access to talented Columbia students.

How the Fellowship Works
Currently enrolled full-time first-, second-, or third-year undergraduate students and graduate students in good academic standing may apply for funding for a 6- to 10-week, full-time summer internship (at least 35 hours/week) with a social venture or social entrepreneurship-focused organization in the US or abroad that is wholly focused on social ventures or less than seven years of age. The internship must be secured and accepted at the time of application. The Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program contributes a $200 to $600 per week stipend to assist with expenses associated with the internship to fellows, depending on the availability of funds.

Student Eligibility Guidelines
• Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time as a first-year, second-year, or third-year Columbia or Barnard
undergraduate or graduate student.
• Applicants must be in good academic standing and not subject to any disciplinary proceedings.
• For multi-year degree programs, applicants must be returning to campus and enrolled as a full-time student
the fall semester following the fellowship either on campus or participating in an approved Columbia University
off‑campus program.
• Applicants must agree to the terms and requirements of the Social Enterprise Fellowship Program (see website).
• Applicants must have secured and accepted an internship matching the criteria prior to submitting their
application.

Eligible Organizations
The social venture or organization can be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) (or its equivalent outside the US), for-profit social venture, or social venture capital firm with a clearly defined social or environmental mission. For social for-profit ventures (including Benefit Corporations “B-Corps”) to be eligible, they must be aimed at producing products and/or services that:

1. focus on addressing the needs of low-income communities or customers, with an explicit purpose of
increasing the welfare of these groups; or alleviates a market failure, and creates significant public good or
benefits that are not wholly captured in the price charged by the business; and
2. have attracted funding for the business by investors or grant makers who are seeking measurable social or
environmental impact (evidence of these metrics and reporting should be included in the application).
If applying to work with a social for-profit social venture: Students must provide detailed evidence of a clearly
defined social or environmental purpose and how this is incorporated into the core strategies and operations of the
venture.

The following are examples are organizations that are not eligible:

• Nonprofit or NGO that has been in operation for seven or more years and is not wholly focused on social
ventures
• Government or public sector organizations
• For-profit consulting firms that consult to social ventures
• Large or publicly listed companies that have a small division focusing on social innovation
• Organizations with a narrow political or religious focus or with discriminatory hiring policies

Internship Positions
We recognize that social enterprises have diverse needs across a range of projects and issues and need expertise drawn from disciplines such as engineering, public health, public policy, economics, medicine, biotechnology, nursing, journalism, arts, urban planning, social work, law/public interest, international development, sustainability, and education, among other areas. The student’s role can relate directly to their degree and what they’re studying; it can also be an area of interest the student wishes to explore if thinking about starting a social venture or working for one in the future.

Criteria and Selection
Summer fellowships must meet the following criteria:
• The internship is well-scoped, has clearly defined expectations and responsibilities.
• The internship has an established supervisor from a professional in the organization
who is co-located in the place of work.
• Students will have mid- and end-of-summer reviews with the supervisor.
• If the internship takes place abroad, students must comply with Columbia
University’s international travel policy including the Restricted Regions List.

Application Process
Students should assess the viability of the venture prior to accepting and applying for funding by consulting with professors, career advisors or the center. Before accepting the internship, if you’re unsure of whether your employer is an eligible social venture or social entrepreneurship-focused organization, please email TamerSESF@gmail.com. Applications open March 1 and are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

Learn More: https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/socialenterprise/

Posted: March 4

Community Impact is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to adult students in the College Road Program who are taking a college-level class for the first time.

Community Impact is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to adult students in the College Road Program who are taking a college-level class for the first time.

As a mentor, you can help the students better understand what they can expect from college-level academic courses and how to cope with personal demands that many college students encounter. This volunteer opportunity would involve at least one hour a week of interaction with the students, and occasional follow-ups throughout the week via text or email.

Contact collegeroadmentoring@gmail.com or call 212-854-4500 for more details.

Posted: Feb. 28

Columbia Health invites students to take part in a University-wide survey about student health and well-being. 

Columbia Health is conducting a quick and strictly confidential survey about student health and well-being. This is a survey Columbia Health has done every two years for more than a decade with the help of a national organization.

Upon completion of the survey, participants will receive a thank you and a link to campus resources (not connected to how survey questions were answered) and will be entered to win prizes, including vouchers to an airline ticket or gift cards to the Columbia University bookstore.

The link to the survey has been sent to students at their Lionmail inboxes on Feb. 22 and Feb. 27.

For questions and inquiries, please contact WaiKwan Li (Bonnie) at (212) 853-0203 or alicesurvey@columbia.edu. If you wish to talk about any health concerns you have, please contact Columbia Health at health.columbia.edu or (212) 854-2284.

Posted: Feb. 25

Community Impact is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of people seeking to begin a collegiate career after either dropping out of high school or returning to college as adults. Students are invited to participate to discuss the challenges of academic life, while providing a base of support to incoming students.

Community Impact is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the lives of people seeking to begin a collegiate career after either dropping out of high school or returning to college as adults. Students are invited to participate to discuss the challenges of academic life, while providing a base of support to incoming students.

For more information, email collegeroadmentoring@gmail.com.

Posted: Jan. 30

Please tell us about yourself or other students you think we should feature on the GS website and social media accounts, as well as other channels.

GS is full of extraordinary students doing amazing things and we'd like to share more of those stories. Please use this form to tell us about yourself or other students you think we should feature on the GS website and social media accounts, as well as other channels.

Note: No stories will be shared without the consent of the student.

Posted: Jan. 30

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) invites students to participate in support groups and workshops, and meet with counselors during walk-in hours.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) invites students to attend support groups on a variety of topics. Learn about how CPS supports every student on campus through this informational video.

Visit the CPS website for a schedule of drop-in hours and contact information, as well as current support group and workshop topics.

Posted: Jan. 28 

In partnership with the JED Foundation the Live Well | Learn Well initiative presents a new online tool to help guide students to available resources in one central location. 

Description
Students are invited to visit the Live Well | Learn Well website, and check out the newly-added student stories and videos to hear from classmates about how they approach challenges and finding support. The site also provides updates on the Columbia-Jed Foundation Campus Strategic Plan, as well as its specific objectives. 

The Live Well | Learn Well initiative was developed by a collaborative working group that included representatives from GS, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and Columbia Health as part of a new campaign to further enhance our well-being efforts on campus. Live Well | Learn Well will continue to evolve and students are encouraged to provide feedback, share their stories, and get involved.  

Undergraduate Major Open Houses invites students to learn more about the diversity of majors and concentrations available to Columbia undergraduates.

Description
Undergraduate Major Open Houses invite students to learn more about the diversity of majors and concentrations available to Columbia undergraduates. Major Open Houses are held prior to the online major declaration periods in March. At a departmental open house, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with faculty and advisors
  • Meet with current majors and concentrators
  • Learn about program requirements
  • Explore research opportunities, internships, and career paths

All interested undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

Below please find a listing of upcoming open houses. The list will be updated with the latest offerings.

Upcoming Open Houses

Department: Psychology
Event Date and Time: Fri., March 8, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Schermerhorn 200B

Department: Drama and Theatre Arts
Event Date and Time: Wed., April 11, 5:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

Department: Business Management (Concentration Only)
Application Form

Department: Creative Writing
Application Form

Next Event Date and Time: Wed. March 27, 12 – 1 p.m.
Event Location: 408 (Baer Room), Lewisohn Hall

Students interested in applying to be a GS Peer Advisor are invited to attend an information session to learn more about the position. Three duplicate sessions will be offered; interested applicants need only attend one.

Students interested in applying to be a GS Peer Advisor are invited to attend an information session to learn more about the position. Three duplicate sessions will be offered; interested applicants need only attend one.

  • Wed. March 27, 12 – 1 p.m., 408 (Baer Room), Lewisohn Hall

Apply to be a GS Peer Advisor

Application Deadline
Thurs., March 28, 5 p.m.

Next Event Date and Time: Fri., March 29, 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: 313, Fayerweather

Graduate School Coaching is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to determine which programs meet their individual circumstances, needs, and goals; and to gain admission to the often highly competitive world of graduate school. The spring semester of Graduate School Coaching helps students become familiar with the application process; explore potential programs; and begin to develop concrete deliverables such as timelines, personal statements, standardized test prep schedules, and more.

Event Description
From the JD to the PhD, the MBA to the MS, the application process to graduate school can be both exciting and daunting. Graduate School Coaching is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to determine which programs meet their individual circumstances, needs, and goals; and to gain admission to the often highly competitive world of graduate school. The spring semester of Graduate School Coaching helps students become familiar with the application process; explore potential programs; and begin to develop concrete deliverables such as timelines, personal statements, standardized test prep schedules, and more.

Students are encouraged, though not required, to attend all four sessions (March 1, 29 & April 12, 26).

Register for Workshop 2 (March 29, 2 - 4 p.m.)
Register for Workshop 3 (April 12, 2 - 4 p.m.)
Register for Workshop 4 (April 26, 2 - 4 p.m.)*

*tentative

Please contact the GS Academic Resource Center with any questions (212-854-4097; gs-arc@columbia.edu).

Submission Deadline: Fri., March 22, 5 p.m.

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality invites students to apply for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Award and the Queer Studies Award. These awards are meant to honor an undergraduate student for their excellence in research and writing in the fields of women and gender studies, queer studies, queer theory, and gender studies.

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality invites students to apply for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Award and the Queer Studies Award These awards are meant to honor an undergraduate student for their excellence in research and writing in the fields of women and gender studies, queer studies, queer theory, and gender studies.

The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality invites students to apply for the annual Women's and Gender Studies Award and the Queer Studies Award These awards are meant to honor an undergraduate student for their excellence in research and writing in the fields of women and gender studies, queer studies, queer theory, and gender studies.

Women and Gender Studies Award
This award is meant to honor an undergraduate student for their excellence in research and writing in the fields of women and gender studies. Its purpose is twofold: to recognize undergraduate students - who often have few opportunities for such recognition - for their superb intellectual achievement, and to provide students interested in women's and gender studies with institutional support for their work.

Apply

Queer Studies Award
Established in 1994, this award is meant to honor an undergraduate student for their excellence in research and writing in the rapidly growing fields of queer studies, queer theory, and gender studies. Its purpose is twofold: to recognize undergraduate students - who often have few opportunities for such recognition - for their superb intellectual achievement, and to provide students interested in the discipline with an instructional framework in which to work. 

Apply

Nomination Deadline: Tues., March 26, 12 p.m.

Students are invited to nominate their peers for Student Leadership Awards, which are presented to students that have distinguished themselves through their leadership and service on campus.

Event Description
Students are invited to nominate their peers for Student Leadership Awards, which are presented to students that have demonstrated their dedication to GS and the Columbia University community. The Student Leadership Awards are presented at a special ceremony in May to individuals that have distinguished themselves through their leadership and service on campus. Please carefully consider your fellow students and how these individuals have made an impact.

Application Deadline: Wed., March 27, 5 p.m.

Students are invited to apply to be part of the University Life Events Council Leadership Team.

Students are invited to apply to be part of the University Life Events Council Leadership Team. The University Life Events Council is a group of students within the Office of University Life, who assist in planning, promoting, and producing campus-wide events. Their goal is to foster community, wellness, inclusion & belonging, and fun. Some past events from this fall include: Low Lounge, Inclusive Coffee House, Karaoke Night, Silent Disco, Paint Night, Day of Service and more!

To apply, submit the online application.

Application Deadline: Wed., March 27, 5 p.m.

Students are invited to apply for the The Kraft Global Fellows Program, an initiative of the Kraft Family Fund for Inter cultural and Interfaith Awareness and the Office of the University Chaplain. Applications are now being accepted for the June 2019 Kraft Global Fellows trip to Nairobi and the Columbia Global Center| Nairobi.

Students are invited to apply for the The Kraft Global Fellows Program, an initiative of the Kraft Family Fund for Inter cultural and Interfaith Awareness and the Office of the University Chaplain. Applications are now being accepted for the June 2019 Kraft Global Fellows trip to Nairobi and the Columbia Global Center| Nairobi.

Kraft Global Fellows Program Mission

  • Provide an opportunity for Columbia University students to add a global perspective to their Columbia University academic experience by utilizing the resources of the Columbia Global Centers. Moreover, for this year’s program, we encourage the Fellows to explore relevant topics such as multi-faith interconnectivity and issues of diversity in Nairobi.
  • Enrich the Columbia University community by creating opportunities for students to share their their experience, and the resources of the Columbia Global Centers once they return. Must be returning to campus for the Fall semester of academic year 2019- 2020.
  • Promote interfaith and cross-cultural experience at Columbia University.

Program Requirements

  • Fellows must be currently registered Columbia University undergraduate or graduate students. Students at affiliated institutions cannot be considered for the Kraft Global Fellows Program. Affiliated institutions (e.g. Barnard College, Union Theological Seminar and Teachers College) cannot be considered for the Kraft Global Fellows Program.
  • Fellows are required to attend a pre Mandatory on (tentative) April 24th /25th meeting.
  • Fellows should anticipate out-of-pocket expenses of approximately $500. This includes personal needs items such as drinking water, hand sanitizers, motion sickness medication and computer travel adapters. Some meals, snacks and social activities will also be considered out-of-pocket expenses. Students must pay for all travel vaccinations and medications they require.
  • Students will submit daily 1-2 page reflection papers to Chaplain Davis at chaplain@columbia.edu before 9:00pm beginning June 5th through June 13th. On June 19th, 2019, each student will submit a 5- 8 final paper (due before 5:00pm), which will include a description of the trip as well as a comprehensive analysis and reflection on major themes of learning from the experience.

How to Apply
Please send a letter detailing your interest in the Kraft Global Fellows Program group trip, an updated resume, a current list of student activities and leadership roles at Columbia University, an official transcript, a copy of your passport, and two letters of recommendation – at least one from your academic advisor and/or a faculty member. Deadline for submission of these materials is March 27th, 2019 before 5:00pm.

  • Please send these materials and any question to Denisse Pineda
  • Students are required to interview with Chaplain Davis and the KGF advisory group to discuss their nterests in this group project. Interviews will be conducted on April 8th through the 12th.
  • Only students that have submitted All of the requested materials by March 27th will be considered. No exceptions.
  • Only students selected for interviews will be contacted on April 1st.
  • No exceptions will be made for new passports or passport renewals.

 

Event Date and Time: Thurs., March 28, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (lunch provided beginning at 11:35 a.m.)
Event Location: 722 West 168th Street, Room 532

Students are invited to attend Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch's presentation, "Who is Left Behind in HIV/AIDS Advances and Why it Matters" at the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health.

Students are invited to attend Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch's presentation, "Who is Left Behind in HIV/AIDS Advances and Why it Matters" at the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health.

Application Deadline: Thurs., March 28, 5 p.m.

Students are invited to apply for a GS Peer Advisor position with the Dean of Students Office and Academic Resource Center.

Students are invited to apply for a GS Peer Advisor position with the Dean of Students Office and Academic Resource Center.

Position Description
The Dean of Students (DOS) Office is committed to providing world-class advising and academic support for students at the School of General Studies. Peer Advisors play a key role in providing that support; as current students themselves, Peer Advisors bring an important perspective to the work of advising, and their experience navigating the institution often proves invaluable to their peers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Supporting new, incoming students during Orientation and throughout their first term as they manage the transition to Columbia
  • Acting as informed resources for all students regarding matters related to registration and course selection, choosing and declaring a major, short and long-term academic planning, time management and other study strategies, and campus resources and services (ARC, CPS, ODS, CCE, campus ministries, academic departments, etc.)
  • Monitoring closely and responding to email inquiries
  • Hosting weekly walk-in advising hours in the GS Lounge to help facilitate advising conversations with students
  • Serving as informal liaisons to the DOS Office by referring students to their academic advisors as appropriate, helping to facilitate meaningful relationships between students and their academic advisors
  • Encouraging students to avail themselves of DOS services and program offerings
  • Serving as informal teaching assistants for a section of University Studies, a zero-point course that functions as an extended Orientation program for all incoming students; interested Peer Advisors may also have the opportunity to co-teach certain sessions of University Studies
  • Participating in New Student Orientation for both the Fall and Spring terms, as well as all required training associated with the role of Orientation Leader; Peer Advisors will also receive additional specialized training in the curriculum, FERPA, program development, campus resources, and working with students in distress
  • Providing administrative and front desk support for the Dean of Students Office as necessary
  • Maintaining and submitting weekly timesheets for hours worked
  • Performing other tasks and projects as required

Position Requirements

  • Must have completed at least one term of study at Columbia
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Must be empathetic, reliable, and friendly
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be comfortable working collaboratively, and with a diverse student population

Time Commitment

  • Part-time (5-15 hours per week, with occasional extra hours during high-traffic times)
  • Must be on campus for training on Friday, August 23 and Thursday, August 29
  • Minimum commitment of one full academic year

Compensation
$17 per hour (no benefits)

Learn More
Interested students are encouraged to attend a Peer Advising Information Session (three duplicate sessions will be offered; interested applicants need only attend one), and/or to schedule an appointment with a current GS Peer Advisor to learn more about the position.

Schedule an Appointment

Peer Advisor Information Sessions

  • Tues., March 12, 12 – 1 p.m., 408 (Baer Room), Lewisohn Hall
  • Frid., March 15, 3 – 4 p.m., 612 (Conference Room), Lewisohn Hall
  • Wed. March 27, 12 – 1 p.m., 408 (Baer Room), Lewisohn Hall

Application Deadline
Thurs., March 28, 5 p.m.

Apply

Extended Application Deadline: Fri., March 29, 12 p.m. 

Students are invited to apply to serve as Junior Marshals, assisting GS staff members at Class Day by directing and welcoming graduates and their guests.

Students are invited to apply to serve as Junior Marshals, assisting GS staff members at Class Day by directing and welcoming graduates and their guests.

For more information, and to apply, please visit the application page.

Nomination Deadline: Fri., March 29

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) invites students to nominate a graduating senior who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to inclusion, global diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through Multicultural Affairs programs, campus leadership, activism, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) invites students to nominate a graduating senior who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to inclusion, global diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through Multicultural Affairs programs, campus leadership, activism, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication.

Nomination Form

Application Deadline: Sun., April 14, 11:55 p.m.

The Earth Institute is offering students internship opportunities for diverse administration, communications, and research roles with sustainability-related projects.

Description
The Earth Institute at Columbia University is seeking students to participate in their Internship Program. Internships provide students with an exciting opportunity to work at the Earth Institute centers in a variety of administration, communications and research positions. Interns work on a variety of sustainability-focused projects across the Earth Institute. These projects provide interns with hands-on workplace experience, allowing them to learn and grow professionally. Earth Institute centers benefit from meaningful contributions from bright and motivated students.

Positions are listed on the State of the Planet Blog.

Apply

Compensation
Interns earn $16/hour for up to 35 hours a week during the summer (June 1–August 31).

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