EI Internship and Research Assistantship
Earth Institute Internship and Research Assistantships
Undergraduate Research Assistants
Research assistantships provide opportunities for Columbia University undergraduate students to participate in real-world sustainable development research on a range of projects alongside Earth Institute faculty and researchers. These positions allow undergraduates to collaborate on substantive matters of inquiry, while gaining meaningful insight into various fields of study and the research process as a whole. Students participate in all phases of research under faculty guidance; with student help, these projects develop in a way that would not be possible without their assistance.
Projects vary from semester to semester, but generally focus on topics such as sustainability, development economics, earth sciences, ecology, atmospheric research and environmental policy, among others.
Internships provide undergraduate, graduate and PhD students at Columbia and Barnard with an exciting opportunity to work at Earth Institute centers in a variety of administrative and communications positions. Interns gain hands-on professional experience by working with leading members of the scientific community in these centers. Interns can expect to develop skills in project management, writing, editing, social media, event management and more. Internships allow students to build their resume while adding value to their academic experience at Columbia University. Earth Institute centers benefit from meaningful contributions from bright and motivated students.
Interns have varied backgrounds and come from a wide range of departments including anthropology, environmental policy and electrical engineering, to name a few.
Applicants will need to submit:
- Resume detailing relevant work and education
- Cover letter stating interests and qualifications for the specific position. Letters should be addressed to: Samantha Ostrowski, Senior Program Manager, Office of Academic and Research Programs.
Contact Samantha Ostrowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions on the application process
To access the application for these programs, click on the “Apply” button to the right. If you wish to apply to multiple positions, please click on the “Programs” option in the upper right hand task bar, and then click “More” under The Earth Institute Internship and Research Assistant Program. On the right side of the screen, you will be able to view submitted applications and apply for another position.
Salary and Hours
All positions are funded at a rate of $16 per hour for up to 10 hours a week for 12 weeks, a maximum of 120 hours during the fall and spring semesters. In the summer, interns work full-time, up to 35 hours per week. Research assistant positions are only open to current undergraduate students at Columbia and Barnard. Internships are open to all current full-time students (undergraduate, graduate and PhD) at Columbia and Barnard.
Fall 2019 Deadlines:
August 12 - Positions announced
September 11 - Applications due
October 4 - Decisions sent out
Spring 2020 Deadlines:
December 9 - Positions announced
January 29 - Applications due
February 21 - Decisions sent out
Summer 2019 Deadlines (internships only):
March 20 - Positions announced
April 19 - Applications due
May 17 - Decisions sent out