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The Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design program (CMLTD) at Teachers College, Columbia University is at the forefront of the educational technology field. Internships within CMLTD emphasize the importance of bringing together effective pedagogy and practical application in the real-world. CMLTD interns can exert control over their educational process through applied learning and scholarships.

Interns work one-on-one with a CMLTD Internship Coordinator, who serves as a liaison between the intern and the supervisor at the placement company. Prior to the commencement of the internship, the intern and coordinator work together to design a plan and meet regularly throughout the semester to talk about coursework for the internship.


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To obtain application details for a CMLTD internship, contact Professor Yoo Kyung Chang at ykc2110@tc.columbia.edu.



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About the Internship Program & the School of Professional Studies
Do you have an interest in online course design, innovative pedagogical practices, instructional media, and faculty development? If so, come join the School of Professional Studies (SPS) Instructional Design internship program!

This internship is designed to give participants hands-on instructional design experience in a collegial professional environment under the supervision and guidance of full-time team members. Through their assigned activities, interns will apply instructional design theory to concrete, practical tasks that support the work of the SPS Online Curriculum & Instruction (OCI) unit and meet the needs of our academic programs, faculty, and students. Participants will come away from the internship with an in-depth understanding of the skills necessary to be a successful instructional designer in higher education, as well as several assets they can use in support of future job searches (e.g., resume tailored for instructional design work, portfolio piece).

We are looking for up to three instructional design interns for the Spring 2023 semester. This is a
semester-long internship that follows the Columbia University academic calendar. Interns will work 10 hours per week and will not be required to work during Columbia University academic holidays. Each week interns will be assigned a variety of activities that support the development of their instructional design skills, including but not limited to shadowing design projects, preparing course sites in the Canvas learning management system, and completing a project on a topic of special interest. This internship is designed to be completed as a fully remote experience; that said, an on-site event may be included depending on interns’ availability and the nature of assigned tasks.

SPS is home to a suite of academic programs that serve a continuum of audiences including pre-college students, professionals looking to advance their careers, and lifelong learners. We provide innovative offerings, including 17 Master’s degrees, at the highest levels of academic excellence to a global audience. Our mission is to provide a rigorous education, informed by rapidly evolving global market needs, that supports the academic and professional aspirations of our diverse student community. Learn more about SPS and its educational initiatives and programofferings by visiting https://sps.columbia.edu/.

Essential Responsibilities

Reporting to the Senior Associate Director of Instructional Design and Special Projects, the interns will:

  1. Shadow and support SPS instructional designers as they design content (in partnership with faculty) for
    online and hybrid offerings. Content may include course syllabi and/or student-facing materials that will
    appear in Canvas course sites.
  2. Perform basic functions in the learning management system (e.g., import and edit Canvas templates) and
    complete course migration projects.
  3. Support special projects that align with team and School priorities.
  4. Create a design resource (e.g., one-pager; job aid) that contributes to course design success and promotes a productive collaboration between instructional designers and faculty.
  5. Participate in scheduled check-ins with the Internship Supervisor, and attend team and project meetings on an ongoing basis.
  6. Keep track of hours worked and input time in a tracking system at the end of each pay period

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a Masters or Doctorate degree program at an accredited university.
  • Interested in learning about instructional design in a higher education context, particularly online/hybrid course design and facilitation.
  • Demonstrated experience (through work positions, internships, course assistantships, and/or coursework) with instructional design theories and/or online course development.
  • Detail oriented and deadline driven.
  • Outstanding organizational, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and technical skills.
  • Able to devote 10 hours per week for the duration of the internship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 1+ year of full-time working experience.
  • Knowledge of or experience working in learning management systems.
  • Experience providing customer service and/or faculty support.

Benefits for Interns

  • Gain instructional design experience in an organizational setting with supervision and guidance.
  • Develop an understanding of instructional designers’ responsibilities and competencies.
  • Collaborate with experienced instructional designers, as well as other members of the Online Curriculum & Instruction team as appropriate.
  • Develop a portfolio piece(s) that can be used in support of future job searches.
  • Create a resume that highlights essential instructional design skills.
  • Practice and receive feedback on skills essential to becoming a successful instructional designer (e.g.,
    project management, relationship management, problem-solving skills).

How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Jennie Johnson, Senior Associate Director of
Instructional Design and Special Projects (jj2815@columbia.edu), by no later than October 28, 2022. Please
respond to the following questions in the body of the email:

  • What is your name?
  • What is the degree program you are currently enrolled in? What is the name of your program advisor (if you have one)? What is your expected graduation date (month, year)?
  • What academic and/or professional experience do you have that’s relevant to the qualifications listed
  • Why are you interested in instructional design and/or in becoming an instructional designer?
  • What learning management systems are you comfortable working in (if any)? Do you have any experience developing/editing web pages?
  • Do you have any commitments during the Spring 2023 semester that we should be aware of?
  • Are you aware of any challenges that might prevent you from completing assigned tasks and meeting with staff remotely (i.e., outside of our offices)?
  • Do you have consistent access to a computer, either a desktop or laptop, and reliable internet connection?
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