Friday, January 22, 2016

Program Filing--One-Two Credit Course Options

As you are finalizing your courses for the Spring semester, you may want to check out these 1-2 credit course options:
1.  Take a dance class
Dance classes will will initially appear in your myBarnard program as 0 credits and will then be transformed to 1 credit (if you are eligible) after the final program filing deadline.  

2.  Depending on your background and interests, below are some popular 1-2-credit courses to consider.  Some may be full, but you may be able to join a waiting list.  Be sure to check course descriptions for prerequisites!
The English Conference.  See departmental website for full description.  

3.  Search the Barnard catalogue by number of credits -- try searching for courses between 0 and 2 credits.  You'll have to scroll through a lot of things that may not help you, like labs for courses you're not taking, or supervised senior research if you're a first-year, but this will give you the most comprehensive listing:

4. SIPA Courses--
You will need to obtain permission from the instructor and Dean Jim Runsdorf in order to sign up for a SIPA course.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

This fellowship provides “allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.”

Award: Summer FLAS fellowship tuition grant is up to $5000 and $2500 stipend for undergraduate and graduate students.

Additional information here:

Summer Research Institute (SRI)

          More information about the SRI can be found here:

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Study Abroad Information Sessions

Hadrian's Villa: The Archaeology of an Imperial Court Information Session 

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 26
Time: 5:30 - 6:30pm
Location: 612 Schermerhorn 

Columbia’s Advanced Program of Ancient History and Art (APAHA) offers a four-week summer program that provides undergraduate and graduate students, from beginning through advanced levels, with the unique opportunity to excavate and learn together at Hadrian’s Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site near Rome and the most important of Roman imperial villas. Students will learn archaeological techniques at all levels and think critically about how excavation work allows for deeper insight into the social, political, economic, architectural and artistic history of classical antiquity.  Partial and full scholarships are available!  

For more information: 

Interested but can't attend?  
Schedule an appointment to meet with Jillian Burdziak (Jillian Burdziak Advising Calendar) in 606 Kent Hall or email her at

Columbia Summer Program in Venice Information Session 

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28
Time: 4:10 - 5:10 pm
Location: 934Schermerhorn

The Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Department of Italian offer a six week summer program based at Ca' Foscari University in Venice. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding Italian culture and society through study of its language, literature/film, art history and conservation, and economy and the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of the rich Venetian culture, traditions and history.  The program is not geared toward any particular major, and students with no Italian language or art history background are eligible to apply.  

For more information: 

Interested but can't attend?  
Schedule an appointment to meet with Meg Booth (Meg Booth Advising Calendar) in 606 Kent Hall or email her at

Summer French Studies in Paris at Reid Hall Information Session 

Date: Friday, Jan. 29
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Place: 622 Dodge Hall

French Studies at Reid Hall: Choose from different modules designed to increase your language skills while deepening your understanding of Paris and French culture.  The program is perfect for students who cannot go during the semester or who would like to make rapid progress in French in order to study abroad during a semester or academic year.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Amgen Scholars Program at Harvard

Harvard University is one of ten U.S. institutions that again will be offering a ten-week Amgen Scholars Program in the summer of 2016.  The Harvard-Amgen program, with an emphasis on biotechnology research, affords a diverse cohort of rising undergraduate juniors and seniors the opportunity to work in laboratories of faculty across the Harvard universe, including the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. In addition to an engaging, formative research experience, Harvard-Amgen Scholars will live among the 400 undergraduates residents of the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village community in one of the historic Houses along the Charles River. 

The deadline to submit complete applications is Monday, February 1, 2016.  

More information about the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program, including profiles of last year’s cohort, along with eligibility criteria and instructions to apply may be found here:  The Amgen Scholars Program website, which includes information about all of the U.S. and international programs available this coming summer may be found here:  

Monday, December 21, 2015


The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans through litigation, legal advocacy, and community education.  For more information about AALDEF, please visit our website at
Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The summer program is ten (10) weeks, beginning approximately June 6 through August 12, 2016The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work-study funds may also be available.

Community Health Care Initiative Intern:  Community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access.

Educational Equity Intern:  Responsibilities include community outreach and presentations with Asian American youth groups, public education policy research, assistance with client intakes and general support for projects on educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.

Housing & Environmental Justice Project Intern:  Responsibilities include community outreach and research on land use, community planning, and anti-displacement issues. 

Office Assistant:  Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties.  Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator.  Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful.   

Voting Rights Intern: research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings; conduct voter registration drives.
Requirements:   Candidates must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills.  Spoken and written knowledge of Korean, Bangla, Chinese, or another Asian language is a plus. Qualified applicants should indicate which internship they are applying for and send a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 8, 2016 to:
Summer Undergraduate Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor, New York, New York 10013
fax: 212.966.4303 or email:  
For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or

Friday, December 18, 2015

Arthur Liman Public Interest Program

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program at Yale Law School supports undergraduate and graduate students working in the public interest.  The Liman Summer Fellowship offers students an opportunity to participate in public interest law projects, including issues relating to immigrants' rights, workers' rights, prison conditions, educational adequacy, reproductive rights, and juvenile rights. Broadly defined, public interest law includes helping those lacking resources to retain attorneys, as well as engaging in advocacy work and participating in shaping public policy. 

All currently enrolled students are eligible to apply, including seniors who wish to intern during the summer immediately following their graduation.

Three fellows will be selected by a Barnard committee.  The Liman fellows will receive a stipend of $4,000, and they must intern consecutively for 8-10 weeks over the summer at one organization.  This fellowship cannot be combined with any other fellowship. Though not guaranteed, in past years selected Liman fellows were also provided college subsidized housing in a Barnard residence hall for the duration of the fellowship if the summer internship is in the New York metropolitan area.  Selected fellows will be required to attend the Liman Colloquium with fellows from the other participating schools held from March 31 - April 1, 2016, at Yale Law School.  They must also complete a final report describing their summer fellowship to be submitted by the beginning of September.

At the time of application, students need not have identified a specific project or internship. 
The internship may be client-oriented, direct-service casework, either civil or criminal, such as enforcement work by government agencies or class-action litigation by public interest law organizations, or cause-oriented advocacy, such as nonprofit organizations’ policy development and advocacy of legislative and regulatory reforms.

The Liman Program and Barnard's Office of Career Development will help with finding appropriate summer internships.  However, if students are interested in specific substantive areas or projects, they should describe them in their applications.

The application must include the following:
  • A cover sheet listing your current contact information (address, phone, email) and class year.
  •  A resume, which should list relevant prior experiences working or volunteering in public service.
  •  An essay, five pages maximum, describing why you are motivated to work in public interest law.  The essay should do more than recite activities from the applicant’s resume.  If the applicant is considering a fellowship at a specific organization, a short statement about the organization’s work and confirmation that it is a non-profit organization.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a faculty member who knows the applicant’s work well.  The recommendations must be included with the application.
  •  A copy of the applicant’s unofficial current college transcript.
Applications for Summer 2016 fellowships must be submitted by January 22nd at 12pm.  All parts of the application must be delivered in hard copy to the Office of the Dean of Studies, 105 Milbank Hall.

If you have any questions about the program, you should visit the website,
or email Abigail Sara Lewis, the Associate Dean of Pre-Professional Advising at

Please follow the Barnard timeline for submission of applications, as specified above, not the one on the Yale website.