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I am applying the CUSP-ACEC Program and I have chosen my top five firms. Do I have to explain why I want to work with each firm?

Yes. For each firm you are interested in, please explain you want to work for the firm, what you intend to learn from this experience and how it aligns with your academic and career interests. This should serve as the answer to the first question on the application form.


Can my CUSP Advisor write a letter of recommendation for me?

CUSP Advisors cannot write letters for the CUSP Summer Enhancement Fellowship. However, they are happy to write for any other fellowship or internship.


Can I indicate more than one internship/research position on the fellowship application?

Yes. Please prepare a complete application packet per internship/research position with the exception of the letters of recommendation.  Please submit only one set of recommendations.  For further information, please see a CUSP Advisor.


Will there be interviews?

In some cases, finalists will be asked to interview with the committee. Scholars who applied to the CUSP-ACEC Program should be prepared to interview with both the Selection Committee and 1-2 engineering firms.


Who chooses the fellowship winners?

The CUSP Fellows Selection Committee is comprised of the CUSP Administration, Graduate Student Mentors, and members of the CUSP Board of Advisors.


I am not a SEAS student. Can I apply to the CUSP-ACEC program?

No.  According to CUSP’s partnership agreement with ACEC, all Scholars in the CUSP-ACEC Program will be enrolled as engineering students and will have begun training in said discipline.


Can I get credit on my transcript for my summer internship?

Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Columbia School of General Studies, do not provide credit for internships. There is no doubt that internships are valuable experiences for students seeking an introduction to a range of careers and professional cultures. However, we expect companies to appropriately compensate students for work performed during internships. This policy is one adopted by many of our peer institutions and also is in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act and NY State’s Minimum Wage Act and Wage Orders.


Do we have to research with a Columbia faculty member?

No.  While we encourage Scholars to seek and develop relationships with Columbia faculty, we support research endeavors with faculty from other universities as well.  If you have chosen a research advisor who is not a professor at an accredited institution, please see a CUSP Advisor before submitting your application.


Can I apply for this as a team project with other people?

No. Currently, each Scholar has to submit a separate application.  However, we encourage Scholars to work collaboratively where applicable.



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