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Internship Program > About HPSE Internships

About HPSE Internships

Every year the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program (HPSE) places top students from across the country in internship positions within higher education. Internships (practica) provide students in the Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education (HPSE) at Teachers College, Columbia University with professionally supervised, consistent and comprehensive exposure to the roles and functions of a wide variety of administrative offices in higher education. Students pursue internship opportunities which span the three curricular domains that structure the HPSE Program: academic and developmental analysis of HPSE, organizational and institutional analysis of HPSE, and social and comparative analysis of HPSE.

TC's HPSE Program students have served as interns in various positions within student development, academic affairs, admissions, residence life, and multicultural affairs across the New York higher education community including the following institutions: Columbia University, Fordham University, Julliard, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Marymount Manhattan College.

Students are able to interview with prospective positions during this year's internship fairs. The first internship fair will take place on Thursday, April 9 in Everett Lounge, and the second will take place on Thursday, May 7 in 138 Horace Mann. More information regarding the fairs will be sent to admitted students in March. To find out more information on how to apply for the internship program, please visit the Internship Handbook website. If you have any questions about the fairs or internship program, please contact Mr. Leslie Williams at

To learn more about the HPSE internship program, we encourage you to attend the HPSE Open House for Prospective Students, which runs in conjunction with Teachers College Fall Open House.  The Open House provides prospective students with the opportunity to learn more about the program, as well as meet some of the current faculty and students.  The 2015 HPSE Open House will take place on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13 from 6PM-8PM (with sign-ins beginning at 5:30PM).  To RSVP for the HPSE Open House, please fill out this form.  The HPSE Open House will take place in Everett Lounge, Teachers College, Columbia University.  The address for Teachers College is:

525 West 120th Street
NY, NY 10027

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the Open House, please contact the HPSE Inquiries Coordinator, Ms. Diana Chadi.

Internship Slideshow One

Students during the HPSE Fall 2013 Social

Internship Slideshow Two

Students during the HPSE Fall 2013 Social

Internship Slideshow Four

Students at the 2014 HPSE End-of-the-Year/Graduation Reception