Apply to this Program

The application for the Internship in Building Community 2019 is now open.

Admission into the IBC is highly selective. Only those applicants who evince a strong interest in and capacity for working with high school students are accepted.

Applicants interested in gaining experience in residential life, academic affairs, higher education administration, student affairs, communications, event planning, or online media, or who wish to bolster their leadership, organizational and communication skills are encouraged to apply.

Only applicants who will be enrolled in a degree program in fall 2019 and will have studied in the Unites States for at least one academic year at the start of the internship are eligible.

Authorization to work in the United States is required and cannot be provided or sponsored by the IBC or Columbia University.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for IBC 2019 is March 15, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis and there are a limited number of available positions; most are filled before the deadline.

Due to the large number of applications, not all applicants to the program will be contacted.

Application Materials

The application must be submitted electronically via the link below. Mailed submissions will not be considered.

Applicants will submit the application form and their résumé in advance of the recommendation letter. Applications will not be considered until all materials are received.

  1. Application Form: The online application form must be completed in its entirety before being submitted. The application form can be fully previewed by following the form link. Applicants can save entered information and return to the form after starting the application.
  2. Résumé. Applicants will be asked to attach a detailed résumé to the completed application form. The résumé should be in PDF format.
  3. Recommendation Letter: The IBC application requires a letter of recommendation, on university letterhead, from a professor or university administrator who is prepared to recommend the applicant's participation. 

    A recommender should know the applicant well and should comment on their character; academic, intellectual, and creative strengths; capacity to work with young people; and promise as a future leader. The recommender's key role is to provide a candid evaluation of a potential applicant. 

    Recommendation letters must be submitted via email from the recommender’s .edu email address. The letter must be submitted as an attachment to the email and on official school letterhead. Recommendation letters submitted by the applicant or by mail will not be accepted.  

    Recommendation forms must be emailed to:
  4. Personal Interviews: Interviews are required. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews once their applications are complete.

Submitting the Application

The application and applicant's résumé are submitted electronically via the online application form.

The recommendation letter must be submitted via email to Mailed submissions will not be considered.

Please note, recommendation letters must be on official school letterhead and submitted from the recommender’s .edu email address. Recommendation letters submitted by the applicant or by mail will not be accepted.