Global Thought Experience 

Global Thought Experience (GTE) is an experiential learning initiative sponsored by the Committee on Global Thought. The program enables Columbia undergraduate students to use knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to address issues affecting the community in Global New York.

Students participating in GTE commit to one semester of service (Fall). Organizations may offer students the opportunity to continue for a second semester (Spring). In previous program cycles, most students have completed two semesters.

Students participating in GTE meet regularly on campus to discuss their experiences. An end-of-year reception provides them the opportunity to share their experiences with the larger Columbia University community.

Download 2018-2019 program flyer

In 2016-2017, GTE participants interned with Immigration Equality, the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization.

In 2017-2018, the program expanded with new participating organizations, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and Queer Detainee Empowerment Project.


Additional Information for Students

  • The application deadline to participate in the program during the 2018-2019 academic year is September 17, 2018. The application will go live here on this site in August 2018.
  • CGT staff reviews each application submitted by the deadline and subsequently matches successful applicants to an organization.
  • The program involves 3-6 hours/week of service at the assigned organization, and participation in monthly meetings on campus.
  • The monthly meetings on campus give GTE participants an opportunity to learn about the work their fellow students are engaging in—to see the issue of immigration in New York from different angles and within global context. Meetings are led by CGT staff members and feature access to relevant readings and literature. Refreshments are provided as well.
  • As an experiential learning initiative, please note that GTE is non-credit-bearing.
  • Please email CGT Program Coordinator Carolyn Marino with any questions at cm3690@columbia.edu.