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

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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 2017-2018 academic year has passed. Watch this site for updates on opportunities to apply for 2018-2019.
  • 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 will 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 will be led by CGT staff members and feature access to relevant readings and literature.  Refreshments will be 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