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Earth Institute Fall Internship Announcement

2008-09-23

Each semester The Earth Institute offers a variety of research assistant and intern opportunities for Columbia students. Please see below for job descriptions.


Please note: These are the first of many opportunities available to students this fall semester. These represent only part of the spectrum of opportunities that will be offered to students.
 

 

1.Analysis of fuel supply in the Millennium Villages

2.Satellite observations of air quality in Africa

3.Scientific Data Submission and Data Management Workflow System Development to Support Long-Term Environmental Analysis and Decision-Making

4.General Administrative Duties for the Director’s Office/ Improving and Updating the CGHED Website

5.Health Research and Data Management Internship with the Millennium Villages

6.Graduate Intern needed at The Earth Institute


 

 

1. Project Title: Analysis of fuel supply in the Millennium Villages

Department/Center: Earth Institute at Columbia University

Brief Description of anticipated intern tasks: Literature review on the methods for calculating fuel wood needs; Assist in interpretation of satellite images for assessing standing stock of woody biomass; Help develop sampling protocol and survey for Millennium Villages sites

Skills Required: Ability to interpret forestry and ecological methods and data for estimating woody biomass and wood production; Experience with remote sensing and GIS is desirable

Type of Student:   Graduate

Internship start and end date: Immediately to the end of the Fall semester

To apply, students must provide a cover letter stating their interests and abilities and a resume. Only graduate students of Columbia University are eligible for this program. 

Please submit application materials to Amanda Christie at arc2140@columbia.edu by Friday, September 26th.
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2. Project Title:   Satellite observations of air quality in Africa.

Department/Center: Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health

Brief Description of anticipated intern tasks:  The first step in the process will be to compile a database of remotely sensed data for the regions surrounding the eight urban areas in Africa, considering data on NO2, CO and aerosols from a range of satellites. Global data sets are accessible from databases at NASA and KNMI; retrieving the relevant quantities will require using / developing computer code to handle and manipulate the data. Second, statistical correlation and filtering of the data will be applied to link observed pollutant levels to likely sources via investigation of spatial and temporal variation in ambient concentrations with emissions such as fossil fuels, biomass burning, or soils. This analysis will provide a basis for assessing health impacts of urban air pollution in African cities and mapping economic implications and policy options.

Skills Required: Computer science (IDL, Fortran, unix/linux); Mathematics (statistics)

Type of Student:  Undergraduate

Internship start: Immediately

To apply, students must provide a cover letter stating their interests and abilities, a resume, and a writing sample of no more than two pages.  Only undergraduate students of Columbia University are eligible for this program. 

Please submit application materials to Amanda Christie at arc2140@columbia.edu by Friday, September 26th.
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3. Project Title: Scientific Data Submission and Data Management Workflow System Development to Support Long-Term Environmental Analysis and Decision-Making

Department/Center: Center for International Earth Science Information (CIESIN)

Brief Description of anticipated intern tasks: Identify and evaluate enhancements for a web-based data submission and workflow system that enables scientists to submit data files, documentation, and descriptions for scientific data sets. Use the system to describe scientific data sets for long-term preservation that supports long-term environmental analysis and decision-making activities by future communities of scientific data users. Evaluate the use of the system and identify improvements.  CIESIN is located on the Lamont Campus.

Skills Required: Excellent writing, editing, and analytical skills.

Type of Student:  Undergraduate; Graduate; Ph.D 

To apply, students must provide a cover letter stating their interests and abilities, a resume, and a writing sample of no more than two pages.  Only current students of Columbia University are eligible for this program. 
 
Please submit application materials to Amanda Christie at arc2140@columbia.edu by Friday, September 26th.
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4. Department/Center: Center for Global Health and Economic Development

Project Title:   General Administrative Duties for the
Director’s Office/ Improving and Updating the CGHED Website

Brief Description of anticipated intern tasks: Routine Duties like filing; high priority task of updating the content and form of the CGHED website to reflect the Center’s diverse and numerous projects. This will involve keeping continuous contact with key players at the CGHED in order to maintain the up-to-date “News and Media” section.

Skills Required: Strong computer skills (a short training on the website is possible); Good communication skills, as this student will have to effectively gather information from high-profile members of the health team; Excellent writing capabilities, in order to shape content into a presentable form; Interest in public health and the various activities of the Earth Institute

Type of Student:  Undergraduate, Graduate, Ph.D

Internship start and end date: Immediately – End of Fall Semester

To apply, students must provide a cover letter stating their interests and abilities, a resume, and a writing sample of no more than two pages.  Only current students of Columbia University are eligible for this program. 

Please submit application materials to Amanda Christie at arc2140@columbia.edu by Friday, September 26th.
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5. Title and Department/Center: Earth Institute at Columbia University

Project: Health Research and Data Management Internship with the Millennium Villages

Number of positions: 2

Job description: This position will report to the Millennium Village Project Epidemiologist/Health Data Analyst.  The Health Research and Data Management Intern will help clean and analyze the project’s health-related household surveys and biological measurement datasets.  S/he will also help prepare health research for internal and external presentations/publications.  Intern will perform related duties as required.

Skills Required: Understanding of basic statistical analysis and epidemiologic concepts required.  Knowledge of Stata statistical software and CSPro survey design software a plus.  An excellent eye for detail and attention to accuracy. Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills.  Ability to prioritize assignments and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet shifting deadlines.  Equally capable of working independently and as part of a team. Strong work ethic, self-motivation and initiative.  Sound independent judgment, high ethical standards, and ability to maintain the confidentiality of information.   Proficiency in French a plus. 

Type of Student: Studying for Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in related field and/or equivalent work experience. 

Internship period: October 1, 2008 – May 31, 2009 (or possibly longer)

Compensation: $12 / hour
T
ime commitment: 5-8 hours per week (can occasionally work remotely)

Please send Ben Nemser a CV/Resume and Cover Letter to
ei-students@ei.columbia.edu.  Please be sure to include a discussion about your data analysis experience, education, and/or software skills. 

For more information on the MVP, please visit www.millenniumvillages.org .

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6. The Office of Academic and Research Programs of the Earth Institute at Columbia University is pleased to announce a graduate intern position.
 
TITLE: Graduate Intern, Earth Institute at Columbia University

RATE OF PAY: $15/hr.

HOURS PER WEEK: 10-15

START DATE: Immediately

POSITION DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The ideal candidate must have experience in grant-writing, administration and budgeting. In addition to that, the candidate must be able to multi-task and work in a fast-paced office environment. We are looking for someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, exquisite attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines.
 
To apply, students must provide a cover letter stating their interests and abilities, a resume, and a writing sample of no more than two pages.  Only graduate students of Columbia University are eligible for this program. 

Please submit application materials to Amanda Christie at arc2140@columbia.edu by Friday, September 26th.