Apply to this Program

The application for Summer 2018 is now closed.

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.

Students 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 2018 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 by the IBC or Columbia University.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for IBC 2018 is March 15, 2018.

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, we will not be able to contact everyone who applies to the program.

Application Materials

All application materials must be submitted electronically to Mailed submissions will not be considered.

Applicants may 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 application form must be completed in its entirety and submitted via email to
  2. Résumé. Please submit a detailed résumé along with your completed application form to
  3. Recommendation Letter: Applicants to the IBC must submit a letter of recommendation, on university letterhead, from a professor or university administrator who is prepared to sponsor their participation or from an professional knowledgeable of the applicant's professional capacities. A sponsor should know the applicant well and should comment on your character; academic, intellectual, and creative strengths; capacity to work with young people; and promise as a future leader. The sponsor'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 on official school letterhead. We will not accept recommendation letters submitted by the applicant.  
  4. Personal Interviews: Interviews are required. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule interviews once their applications are complete.

Submitting the Application

The Application Form, résumé, and recommendation letter must be submitted electronically to Mailed submissions will not be considered.

Please note, recommendation letters must be submitted from the recommender’s .edu email address. We will not accept recommendation letters submitted by the applicant.