Commitment & Compensation

The Internship in Building Community runs from June 9, 2019 until August 3, 2019. Interns are expected to make a full commitment to those dates. The program does not accommodate time away from the internship for such personal life events as graduations, weddings, reunions etc.

Foremost, the IBC is an intensive student life internship, with student needs being the focus of intern efforts throughout the average program day and evening. IBC interns also work as program assistants during the work week. Therefore, participants are expected to make a consuming time commitment to the program. Interns are strongly discouraged from making personal and social plans in advance of closely learning the program schedule upon their arrival to the internship.

First-year interns may not take on additional employment or classes during the internship and should refrain from making advance social commitments for that period. Interns who attempt to complete significant academic and personal projects over the summer, e.g., studying for the LSAT, would find it extremely difficult to find proper time for the work, and the internship will not accommodate such endeavors.

During the Seminar, most evenings and weekends will be free. However, preparation for student arrival requires some unscheduled work during evenings and weekends.

During the Practicum interns have Program Assistant commitments totaling about 20 hours per week.  Most of those roles occur during the hours of the regular work week. Then interns work most evenings in their role as Resident Advisers. When the student sessions are active, all interns must observe the curfew of Summer Program students (11:00 pm Sunday - Thursday and midnight Friday - Saturday).

Interns typically have four nights-off over the course of the Practicum, two of which can be flexibly scheduled. Interns do not have to observe curfew on nights-off. Whenever needed and available, interns are provided housing separate from the Summer Program for use on nights-off.

During the practicum, interns are on-call and should plan to use their personal cell phone accordingly. Students and Summer Program staff members should be able to contact on-duty interns easily and at any time.

Interns are asked to abide by a set of behavioral guidelines detailed in the hiring documents. Columbia University reserves the right to dismiss an intern from the program for failure to adhere to behavioral guidelines or for failure to engage seriously and actively in the program.

Interns are expected to strictly uphold the Behavioral Standards set forth for the high school students in their charge.

Upon their acceptance, all interns will be required to sign a commitment agreement.


Interns receive a wage of $15/hour, and are eligible for overtime pay.

Interns can anticipate earning approximately $3,500 - $4,000 over the course of the internship.

Salary is paid in multiple installments over the course of the summer.

Salary is subject to tax withholding.

Housing and Meals

Interns are housed throughout the internship at no charge. Meals are provided Monday through Friday. All pre-approved intern-led student activity expenses are funded by the program.

During the Seminar, interns are housed together in dormitory suites or on dormitory floors. Interns live and work in teams of about 10, led by an IBC Team Leader—an outstanding intern from past summers.

During the Practicum, as resident advisers, interns live in a dormitory suite or on a dormitory floor with their assigned group of approximately ten high school students. Interns are not permitted to have guests in the Summer Program residence halls during the practicum.

Campus Resources

Interns have access to many Columbia University facilities, including Health Services, Dodge Fitness Center and Butler Library.


Upon successful completion of the program, interns are awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment.