Global Engineering Track

The Global Engineering Track (GET) is an elective specialization, available to all incoming Master of Science students at Columbia Engineering.
 

Why GET?

Participation in the Global Engineering Track (GET) provides students the opportunity to obtain real-world experience during their studies and prepares them for post-graduation career opportunities. 

GET requires students to enroll in ENGI E4201 GET Fieldwork as well as the ENGI E4200 Global Engineering Course.

Summer fieldwork must be at least 6 weeks in length and can consist of an internship in industry (in the U.S. or globally), a research internship, or an industry project supervised by faculty in partnership with organizations/corporations. 

ENGI E4200 Global Engineering is an additional course above the general requirements of the student’s Master of Science program. Participation in GET does not preclude students from also specializing in any of the concentrations, tracks and specializations offered by their M.S. program. 

Students admitted into GET 2021 can withdraw from the GET specialization anytime before March 18th, 2021 by emailing [email protected].
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who is eligible to participate in GET?

The GET track is open to all incoming Master of Science students at Columbia Engineering, domestic and international. Students who begin their program at any of the three entry points for the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall A, Fall B or Spring) are eligible to participate.

How does one apply for GET?

The application deadline (January 22, 2021) for GET 2021 has passed. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

The application for GET 2022 will be posted here when available.

Students admitted into GET 2021 can withdraw from the GET specialization anytime before March 18th, 2021 by emailing [email protected].

What does GET entail?

Students who participate in GET must participate in mandatory summer fieldwork (6 week minimum), in the U.S. or globally, as well as enroll in the required 3-credit Global Engineering course (ENGI E4200). 

What type of fieldwork counts towards the GET requirement?

Students who are enrolled in the GET specialization can choose to do a summer internship in industry (in the U.S. or globally), a research internship, or an industry project supervised by faculty in partnership with organizations/corporations. 

Will I get assistance in finding an internship?

Yes. Your dedicated career placement officer, your academic department and the Columbia Engineering Graduate Career Placement team and the Professional Development & Leadership team will assist you in securing a summer internship. They will also help you hone your professional skills in order to seek full-time employment opportunities after the program.

What course requirements do I need to complete prior to starting an internship?

Students enrolled in the GET specialization must complete 18 credits towards their M.S. program prior to the start of the internship.

I am an international student enrolled in the GET specialization. Am I eligible for CPT during summer 2021, even if I start my M.S. program in spring 2021?

Yes. International students enrolled in the GET specialization who start their M.S. program in fall A, fall B or spring are all eligible to use CPT for an internship during summer 2021. Students must complete 18 credits towards their M.S. program prior to the start of the internship. You may review your CPT eligibility on this chart.

How much does GET cost?

Students will be required to pay tuition for the ENGI E4200 Global Engineering course (3 credits, tuition-bearing). ENGI E4201 GET Fieldwork is 1 credit, non-tuition-bearing. These 4 credits are in addition to a student's program requirements.

What if I do not finish the GET requirements?

If you are unable to finish the GET requirements (i.e. GET Fieldwork and GET Course), you may drop the specialization prior to March 18, 2021.  However, once the deadline to drop has passed, you must complete the GET specialization requirements in order to obtain your MS degree. The last day to drop the GET specialization is March 18, 2021, for the GET 2021 cohort.

What if I want to drop the GET specialization?

The last day to drop the GET 2021 specialization is March 18, 2021. You may not drop the GET 2021 specialization after this date; late requests to drop will not be accepted.

Graduate Career Placement

GET Students will work closely with their Career Placement Officer to secure fieldwork for the summer. The Graduate Career Placement website is also filled with useful information and resources to assist students.

Professional Development + Leadership

Students participating in GET will work closely with the Professional Development and Leadership (PDL) team. PDL assists students with in a number of ways, including:

1. Obtain skills to find and keep a job.

2. Learn how to cultivate a career.

3. Recognize effective leadership.

4. Demonstrate ethical behavior and values.

5. Promote well-being, kindness and respect.

Application

The application deadline (January 22, 2021) for GET 2021 has passed. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

The application for GET 2022 will be posted here when available.