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Spring 2011 Announcement: Internship Positions

2011-01-14

This spring semester the Earth Institute, Columbia University is offering Columbia students opportunities to intern within various departments and research centers at the Earth Institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply for internships. These internships are funded at a rate of $15/hr for 10 hours per week and up to a maximum of 120hrs for the spring 2011 semester. Please see below for the descriptions of five internship opportunities.
To apply:
Please note the different application procedures and type of student requested for each internship.  While you may apply for more than one position, you must submit separate applications. Please note that only undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard are eligible to apply. Decisions will be made shortly after the deadline.

  1. International Sustainable Development Research Conference Internship
  2. Millennium Cities Initiative, Investment Outreach, Marketing and Promotion Internship
  3. Land Degradation Surveillance Framework Analysis Internship
  4. Science for Sustainable Development Text Book Internship
  5. Threatened Island Nations Conference Internship

Please note that students who are awarded internships will be expected to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Showcase which takes place in the spring.
 

1. International Sustainable Development Research Conference Internship

Department/Center: The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Description of anticipated intern tasks:
The Earth Institute is seeking a student to help plan a major conference in May 2011. The intern will work with the ISDRC 17 team on diverse tasks, such as conference attendee communications, creating and managing spreadsheets, document formatting, researching, writing, and fact checking. In addition, the position entails administrative and data entry work. Applicants should have experience in the above-mentioned tasks.

Skills required:
Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Microsoft Project, Power Point and internet research are essential.  Applicants must also have excellent writing and oral communication skills, be detail-oriented and able to multi-task, to work independently and to follow-through on both long- and short-term tasks.  The applicant must be a current Columbia or Barnard student in good standing at the university, personable and able to work in a fast-paced environment while remaining organized and precise. In addition, experience in event planning and/or an interest in sustainability is preferred.

To apply:
To apply, students must provide a cover letter stating their interests and abilities along with a resume via email and two references. References can be academic or professional. Please put “ISDRC 17 Intern” in the subject line and submit application materials to Pamela Vreeland (pvreeland@ei.columbia.edu ) by noon on Monday, January 24th, 2011.

2. Millennium Cities Initiative, Investment Outreach, Marketing and Promotion Internship

Department/Center: Millennium Cities Initiative, Earth Institute

Brief description of anticipated intern tasks:
MCI is seeking an intern to assist with outreach and marketing efforts to better promote investment opportunities in the Millennium Cities, including through:

  • Maintaining a sub-page for MCI Investment opportunities in Linked In, the business-oriented social networking platform, developing content for page, and identifying and contacting interested business contacts and investors throughout the world.
  • Use Global Leaders, a global business-to-business peer network, to promote opportunities in the MCs, including by preparing investment proposals to post on The Global Leaders’ “deals” webpage.

Intern will also help to establish other platforms to promote business development opportunities in the Millennium Cities.

Skills required:
Expertise in Communications and Marketing; Familiarity with webpage maintenance; Expertise in Business Development and/or interest in international development.

Type of student desired:   Graduate student desired, but exceptional undergraduates will also be considered.

To apply:
To apply for this position, please complete the online application available here: http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form5/index.html by January 28, 2011 at 5PM. 

3. Land Degradation Surveillance Framework Analysis Internship

Department/Center: Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program (TroAg) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network
Project description:
The Haiti Regeneration Initiative (HRI) and the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) aim to reduce poverty and vulnerability to natural disasters through the restoration of ecosystems and livelihoods based on sustainable natural resource management. A key component of this strategy is to effectively assess the current conditions of natural resources in and around the communities that utilize them. Both the HRI and the MVP have used the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework (LDSF) methodology to collect soil and vegetation data at a landscape scale.  These projects are now in the process of analyzing these complex datasets. 
Working with scientists at the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment program (TroAg) and CIESIN, the intern will assist with analysis of the LDSF datasets. This is part of a broader Earth Institute initiative with AFSIS and ICRAF centers in Africa to provide maps of soil and degradation maps of Africa and create specific indicators for Millennium Village sites. The data has been collected in the past year and now researchers are designing advanced analysis techniques to streamline with global measurement tools.  This analysis will then be incorporated into development strategies and used to generate land management options for each project site.
Specific tasks:
The intern will be responsible for: helping clean and prepare data sets for analysis; prepare summary statistics and conduct statistical analysis; support spatial analysis; and draft sections of project reports and other publications, including memos of recommended interventions.
Timeline and work location: This position is expected to last 3 months up to 15 hours per week. Interns will be expected to work at least part of this time at the TropAg and CIESIN offices at Lamont Doherty.  
Required skills:

  • Background or strong interest in environmental science
  • Strong quantitative and a qualitative data analysis skills, including familiarity with R statistical software package and
  • Strong GIS mapping skills and knowledge of geostatistics a plus
  • Strong writing skills

To apply:
To apply for this position, please complete the online application available here: http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form5/index.html by January 28, 2011 at 5PM. 


4. Science for Sustainable Development Text Book Internship

Department/Center: School of International and Public Affairs and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Brief description of anticipated intern tasks:
An intern is needed to assist Professors John Mutter and Ruth DeFries as they write a book to accompany a core course in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development. The book will become the prescribed text for the course EESC 2330 Science for Sustainable Development and potentially other courses around the country. 
The intern will assist with preparations for a proposal to solicit publishers for the book.  The proposal needs to have a succinct description, an analysis of comparative and competitive titles, an analysis of the audience, a complete outline of the structure and a sample chapter.  This totals to at least 60 pages of material that needs to be available before the book project can be presented to potential publishers. 
The intern will assist with generating new material, finding references and illustrations, and will be expected to contribute to the analysis of comparative and competitive titles. 
Skills required:
Literature research, précis, writing, high proficiently English expression, independent study, word and image manipulation software.
Type of student desired:
Undergraduate/Graduate.  Students who have taken the course EESC 2330 Science for Sustainable Development are encouraged to apply. 

To apply:
To apply for this position, please complete the online application available here: http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form5/index.html by January 28, 2011 at 5PM. 

5. Research and Editing Intern for Threatened Island Nations Conference

Department/Center: Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School

Brief description of anticipated intern tasks:
Columbia Law School's Center for Climate Change Law is organizing a conference to be held here the week of May 23, 2011 concerning legal issues faced by small island states that may need to be evacuated because of rising sea levels. We are assembling background legal research to help inform the discussion.

One of the questions that has arisen is what would be the immigration status of people who must permanently flee their home countries due to sea level rise. We are working with the Republic of the Marshall Islands, which has a Compact of Free Association with the U.S. allowing the Marshallese free access to the U.S.  Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia have similar agreements with the U.S.  But we wonder if other island nations have special agreements with any other countries that allow people to enter and stay; and more broadly, what immigration laws and doctrines would apply to displaced people in this situation.

The other main activity for this position would involve the student in the creation of a book publishing many of the legal conclusions reached at this conference.  The student would work with many of our international authors (with limited English writing skills) to develop their ideas and translate them into fluent English.  Along the way, the student would get the opportunity to engage on many climate issues as they are seen by people in some of the most affected regions of the world.

Skills required:
Good writing, editing and research skills. Must be a law student.

Type of student desired:  
Law student (J.D. or LL.M. candidate)

To apply:
To apply for this position, please complete the online application available here: http://fs21.formsite.com/earthinstitute/form5/index.html by January 28, 2011 at 5PM. 


While you may apply for more than one position, you must submit separate applications. Please note that only undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard are eligible to apply. Decisions will be made shortly after the deadline. Students who are awarded internships will be expected to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Showcase which takes place in the spring.