Global Opportunities (GO!)

MA students in Global Thought are invited to apply for CGT Global Opportunities (GO!) hosted by the Columbia Global Centers. In this program which is offered exclusively to the CGT, participants will contribute to projects at the Global Centers. Most opportunities will begin in May and last five to six weeks. Starting dates are flexible.

GO! is an ideal complement and capstone to the MA in Global Thought and an excellent way to gain global experience that will strengthen participants’ professional profiles. Current students should click here to learn more about the program and its application timeline.


Through CGT, I was fortunate to intern with the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) under the Regional Bureau of Europe and the CIS. During the 2017 High-Level Political Forum, I had the opportunity to offer program assistance to Armenia’s social impact investment event and attend fascinating meetings on Innovation Labs. I also gained exposure to the vital country liaison and diplomatic practices that contribute to the effective delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It was important for me to apply the critical skills I have acquired from CGT to understand the unyielding challenges of a large NGO such as the United Nations, and to recognize the good work that continues to develop within this vast community.

— Elena Ho Yan Yee, Class of 2017, GO! NYC

As an intern at the United Nations Development Programme, I managed long-term comprehensive research projects for the senior staff at the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC). Rising to the challenge of my assignments was the most exciting part of my internship. With my own two eyes, I saw how global mechanisms that we discussed in our core classes are being implemented in an international organization.  I am grateful for this training as a Global Thought alumnus.

— Haebichan Jung, Class of 2017, GO! NYC

The highlight for me was the receptiveness, kindness, and friendliness of the Rio team. The atmosphere very much resembled a start-up and had a horizontal structure. This gave it more of a think-tank/entrepreneurial feel, and was very stimulating. Brazil has such an open and forward-thinking multi-stakeholder approach to solving problems. The Global Center brought in people who could create a real difference together as opposed to acting in their separate spheres.  I found it really inspiring.

— Sean McLintock, Class of 2017, GO! Rio