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New Spring 2010 Student Internships: Haiti Seismic Task Force

2010-02-16

UPDATED FEBRUARY 16, 2010

Position 1: Geographic Information System (GIS)/Mapping Intern

Project Summary:

Researchers from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) are leading the Earth Institute’s seismic response to the recent earthquake in Haiti. Earth Institute scientists are developing reports, creating maps, coordinating research and compiling datasets being used in relief efforts by the United Nations, Haitian government, and other international organizations for short- and long-term reconstruction planning.

Intern Tasks:

The project seeks an intern to assist with the compilation and analysis of various maps and datasets focused on Haiti and the Caribbean region, under the supervision of Dr. Art Lerner-Lam, Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Associate Director of Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, and Director of the Center for Hazards and Risk Reduction at the Earth Institute.

Skills Required:

  • Major, minor or concentration in engineering, earth sciences, environmental science, sustainable development or other relevant discipline
  • Knowledge of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping software required
  • oRemote sensing, land surveying, aerial photography, mathematics, photogrammetry, geography, and tools that can be implemented with GIS software
  • Strong data analysis skills and experience with statistical package and/or qualitative data analysis programs a plus
  • Foreign Languages: French; Haitian Creole a plus but not required
  • Strong writing and communications skills required


Internship Details:

The intern must be able to start immediately, with a minimum 1 semester commitment required. Extended duration is dependent on funding available. Travel to Haiti in conjunction with this project is not planned at this time but may be possible at a later date.

This position is open to all graduate and undergraduate students of Columbia University. Compensation: $15 per hour. Hours per week: Approximately 10-15.

Please send CV and 1 page cover letter to Scott Andrews (sandrews@ei.columbia.edu) by 5pm on Friday, February 19th.

 


Position 2: Research and Survey Intern

Project Summary:

Researchers from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) are leading the Earth Institute’s seismic response to the recent earthquake in Haiti. Earth Institute scientists are developing reports, creating maps, coordinating research and compiling datasets being used in relief efforts by the United Nations, Haitian government, and other international organizations for short- and long-term reconstruction planning.

Intern Tasks:

The project seeks an intern to assist with the compilation of reference materials and create comprehensive reports on the current seismic data collection and other research efforts taking place in response to the Haiti earthquake by the international research community, under the supervision of Dr. Art Lerner-Lam, Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Associate Director of Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, and Director of the Center for Hazards and Risk Reduction at the Earth Institute.

Skills Required:

  • Major, minor or concentration in environmental science, sustainable development, social science (psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science) or other relevant discipline
  • Basic knowledge of international research institutional frameworks, development organizations, and NGOs is required
  • Foreign Languages: French; Haitian Creole a plus but not required
  • Strong writing and communications skills required
  • Must have highly professional email and telephone conduct to acquire constant updates on research initiatives underway by outside organizations

Internship Details:

The intern must be able to start immediately, with a minimum 1 semester commitment required. Extended duration is dependent on funding available. Travel to Haiti in conjunction with this project is not planned at this time but may be possible at a later date.

This position is open to all graduate and undergraduate students of Columbia University. Compensation: $15 per hour. Hours per week: Approximately 10-15.

Please send CV and 1 page cover letter to Scott Andrews (sandrews@ei.columbia.edu) by 5pm on Friday, February 19th.