Kenneth Cole Community Action Program by Columbia University


Award Amount: $1,000 stipend

Number of Awards: Not known

Deadline: End of October

Winner Announcement: November

Brief Description:

The Columbia University is pleased to offer the Kenneth Cole Community Action Program.The program is coordinated in partnership with the Center for Career Education (CCE), Student Engagement, and Kenneth Cole Productions.The program is open to full-time undergraduate student who is currently enrolled in both the fall and spring semesters in Columbia College.The program can provide you with a New York-based internship in the not-for-profit sector. Alongside your internship, you’ll take part in educational programming designed to help you think critically about public service and prepare to be successful at work.

Host Institution:

Columbia University (Columbia officially Columbia University in the City of New York), established in 1754, is a private Ivy League research university in Upper Manhattan, New York City, often cited as one of the world’s most prestigious universities.It was established as King’s College by royal charter of George II of Great Britain and renamed Columbia College in 1784 following the American Revolutionary War.


  • You must be a full-time currently enrolled undergraduate student in both the fall and spring semesters in Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of General Studies.
  • You must be able to commit 10-20 hours per week for the entire 12-week
  • You are only eligible to be part of the Kenneth Cole Community Action Program @ Columbia University one time during your time at Columbia University.
  • Students who are studying abroad are encouraged to apply.

Instructions for Applying:

In order to apply for the internship program, the applicants can register through the given link:

Supporting Documents:

The following documents must be submitted through LionSHARE for each position of interest:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (if required by employer)
  • Transcript (can be unofficial): This is your current semester course schedule which you should access by logging onto Student Services Online, clicking on “My Schedule” and copying and pasting your course schedule into a Microsoft Word Document. The schedule should show your full name, your school, your spring 2017 Courses, and your enrollment status.

Award Description:

  • Students receive a $1,000 stipend for their internship work (provided by Kenneth Cole Productions).
  • Through the program, the applicants will:
  1. Gain a richer understanding of the non-profit sector by interning at a local organization.
  2. Be exposed to a wide variety of roles in the field through opportunities to network with civic engagement professionals and other interns
  3. Acquire professional skills such as research, effective communication, problem-solving, time management, and project management.
  4. Be able to articulate your experience and reflect upon your internship experience appropriately to highlight key transferable skills.
  • Program features include:
  1. Pre-program training that includes a program overview, professional skills building workshops, discussion with nonprofit professionals, and activities designed to help you think critically about service and the role of identity in civic engagement.
  2. Twelve-week internship for 10-20 hours per week during the spring semester.
  3. Mid-semester dinner with other interns to discuss and debrief on internship experiences.
  4. A Q&A session with Kenneth Cole to learn about his work at the intersection of business and philanthropy.
  5. One-on-one career counseling appointments throughout the ten weeks to support and enhance the internship experience.
  6. End-of-program reflection session where you meet to unpack and reflect on internship experience and learn from your peers.

Detailed Information Link: