Education News

More Summer Internship Opportunities

2009-04-17

The Earth Institute Office of Academic and Research Programs is pleased to announce more positions in the EI Summer Internship Program. Through the program, students will be able to apply for full-time summer internships within one of the many divisions of the Earth Institute.  Internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students and all positions are paid. 

Please note that only current students of Columbia University and Barnard College are eligible.

Students graduating in May 2009 are not eligible.

Applicants should submit a resume that details their relevant work and educational experiences and cover letter stating their interests, qualifications and the internship they are applying for to Amanda Christie at arc2140@columbia.edu .  All applicants must state the name of the internship in the subject line of the email.

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 29th at 12pm unless otherwise noted
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Job Title: Summer Interns (2)

Seeking 2 Graduate Interns to work together on the following projects:

Project #1:  Con Edison and New York’s steam system – analysis and policy recommendations

The Interns will assist New York State Public Commissioner Robert Curry in performing a comprehensive analysis of Con Edison’s steam system in New York City; and make policy recommendations for future regulatory actions affecting real estate owners, public interest groups, and the power industry. This internship looks at how power-related public policy gets made and implemented in New York City.
The interns will shadow Commissioner Curry through the research, which will dig beyond the executive summaries of all reports. An administrative law judge will be running a proceeding that will shape the nature of the research. The project should reach its fruition at the end of the summer.
The main emphasis of the internship will be on the analysis of the operating costs of various possible change scenarios affecting the steam system and operating facilities, and helping the Public Service Commission make policy judgments which impact NYC landlords who receive subsidies.

Project #2: NYSERDA measurement and verification; alternative energy policy in New York State

The Interns will evaluate the current use of the alternative energy subsidies available through the Renewable Portfolio Standard at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and make policy recommendations about whether to continue the state subsidy program in light of the additional funding available through the current federal stimulus package. It also involves measurement & verification of the current programs’ effectiveness. The interns will look at the history, economics, and a business/environmental perspective of the disbursement of Public Service Commission and Federal stimulus funds.
The interns will shadow New York State Public Commissioner Robert Curry throughout the summer, performing detailed analysis and research as directed.

Requirements for both positions: Team of two students will include one student with an engineering or technical background and one student with a policy background. Both students should be interested in alternative energy policy in New York State and/or architecture and real estate incentives.

Type of Students Required: Graduate
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours per week for 12 weeks

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Job Title:  Graduate Research Assistant Position

Job Description: The Earth Institute is seeking a graduate intern to do research in the fields of public management, environmental policy and management, New York City politics and policy, waste management, and citizen participation. The RA will assist a senior professor of environmental policy and public management with literature reviews, general research for papers and books, copy editing, and fact checking, as well as with administrative tasks. Must have strong communication skills, attention to detail, and 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 position. 
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours per week for 12 weeks

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 29th for this position.

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Job Location: International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Lamont Campus, Palisades, NY.

Brief description of anticipated intern tasks:
An intern is needed to contribute to a project on climate relationships with malaria risk at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI). This is a cross-disciplinary project that aims at harnessing scientific expertise in climate and environmental sciences to prototype a Malaria early warning system for optimizing the use of limited resources in Sri Lanka and Botswana.  A variety of epidemiological information has been obtained from our project partners, the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health’s Anti-Malaria Campaign and the Botswana Ministry of Health. The Intern shall organize the data in the IRI data library and undertake analysis of the data. This project shall provide good exposure to the student in environmental risk management in tropical settings.

Skills Required:
Either skills or aptitude to learn rapidly
1.    Statistical analysis
2.    Programming
3.    Quantitative manipulation
4.    Writing
5.    Graphics, GIS and document preparation
6.    Familiarity with basics of Atmospheric Sciences or Hydrology

Type of Student desired:   Graduate Student, or Junior/Senior Undergraduate
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours per week for 12 weeks

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Job Location:  Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Columbia/ American Museum of Natural History

Brief description of anticipated intern tasks:
Work on constructing a database of Mongolian dinosaur material.  Work will include inputing of data (both text and images), creating google map locality database, linking specimens to publications, curating collections.

Skills Required:  Basic computer skills, organizational and people skills.

Type of Student desired:   Undergraduate or Graduate     
Compensation: $12/hour, 35 hours per week for 12 weeks

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Job Location: Urban Design Lab

Brief description of anticipated intern tasks:
Making our city ready for climate change is a major challenge. We recognize the many fundamental questions to address in respect of the impact to the urban environment. The Research Assistant will be part of the The Urban Design Lab research on the impacts of Climate Change as it relates to the New York City neighborhoods of Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood in Upper Manhattan. The goal of the research is to outline urban typologies and site specific areas which are of threatened for changes within the environment and the impacts community will have in disseminate informations and promoting sound strategies.
Skills Required: Candidate must have a design background, display strong verbal and writing skills and be able to aid in public presentations. The candidate will assist in preparing materials and research data. Knowledge on Geographic Information System (GIS), Adobe Creative Suite, Word and Powerpoint PC software is necessary.
Type of Student desired: Undergraduate, Graduate, or Ph.D.
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours per week for 12 weeks

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Please note that only current students of Columbia University and Barnard College are eligible.

Students graduating in May 2009 are not eligible.

Applicants should submit a resume that details their relevant work and educational experiences and cover letter stating their interests, qualifications and the internship they are applying for to Amanda Christie at arc2140@columbia.edu .  All applicants must state the name of the internship in the subject line of the email.

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 29th at 12pm unless otherwise noted.