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Spring 2022 Internship Opportunities

Spring 2022 Internship Opportunities
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Spring 2022 Internship Opportunities

by David Morales Miranda
|December 20 2021

The Earth Institute offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students opportunities for internships in various departments and research centers in a variety of management, communications, and research roles. Interns work on a variety of projects focusing on sustainability across the Earth Institute. These projects provide interns with hands-on experience in the workplace, allowing them to grow professionally while Earth Institute centers benefit from their beneficial contributions.

Spring 2022 positions include:

  1. A web-based control panel for a microbial observatory
  2. Development of portable electrochemical sensors to capture heavy metals and water toxicants (GRA)
  3. Colombia Climate Talks
  4. Flexibility value
  5. Modeling human migration due to conflict and food insecurity in East Africa

To apply:

Complete the online application available here on Sunday, December 26th at 11:30 PM ET. While you can apply for one job, you must submit separate applications for each.

Only full-time Columbia students are eligible to apply for an internship. Jobs marked “GRA” are only open to full-time graduate students. All internships are funded at $18 per hour (maximum 120 hours per semester). Decisions will be made shortly after the deadline.

Students selected for a position are expected to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Fair in the spring of 2022.

Contact David Morales-Miranda (dmiranda@ei.columbia.edu) with questions.


1. Emotional Intelligence Network for Healthy and Sustainable Diets

 Department, Departments: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Required student: Undergraduate / Graduate / Ph.D

Expected tasks: The intern will be involved in designing a web-based tool for data visualization and presentation with the principal investigator and colleagues from Kotzebue, Alaska. The intern will develop the required HTML code and participate in Zoom conversations with community members at Kotzebue to get feedback on the design and implementation of the site.

required skills: The trainee must be familiar with HTML programming and the skills needed to develop web pages.


2. Development of Portable Electrochemical Sensors for Heavy Metal Sequestration and water toxicants (GRA)

 Department, Departments: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Required student: Graduate/PhD only

Expected tasks: This project includes training the trainee to be able to carry out relevant laboratory work and collected field measurements. Integrate the design of the sensor system, optimize its performance, collect data and validate the system by standard methods. The student will get training on some effective analysis in order to meet business needs. Some data collection may also be required. Student participation will greatly enhance our ability to design detection methods, which can be implemented in the field of monitoring water toxic species.

required skills:

  • Coursework in Chemical or Environmental Engineering, Chemistry and Statistics is desirable
  • Competence and interest in effective analysis
  • Experience graphing and data visualization in R

3. Colombia Climate Talks

 Department, Departments: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Required student: Undergraduate

Expected tasks: The intern will be responsible for planning and executing three group events, including brainstorming, communicating with potential committee members, managing fee disbursement, and maintaining an active web presence on the Columbia Climate Conversations website. In addition, the intern will work to identify and access resources to support the Personal Environmental Justice Summit (May 2022). Intern support is essential to making this dynamic and visionary event a reality by helping secure a space on campus and raising funds that will support advertising, catering, and programming. In addition, the intern will provide insight into how best to engage the undergraduate community in Columbia, many of whom are interested in environmental justice and sustainability topics, in this major initiative. This will simultaneously leverage the current interest and expertise of the Columbia undergraduate community and raise the profile of the Earth Institute/Climate School as an institution promoting environmental justice for CU undergraduates.

required skills:

  • Organized and self-motivated
  • Some experience writing grants
  • Knowledge of social media principles and best practices
  • A background in sustainability and racial justice through coursework, work experience, advocacy and/or live experience

4. Flexibility value

 Department, Departments: National Disaster Preparedness Center

Required student: Undergraduate / Graduate / Ph.D

Expected tasks: The intern will be responsible for taking meeting notes, managing and maintaining project resources, coordinating with team members in a distributed hybrid environment, and assisting the project manager with overall project coordination. The intern will be critical support to increase managerial capacity in the early parts of the project, which is critical to subsequent successes, with opportunities to devise resource systems to organize operations.

required skills:

Interns must be connected in a hybrid environment and be able to use Slack and Zoom efficiently. Office skills should include Google Drive, Google Professional Toolkit, Microsoft Office suite, and online equivalent (SharePoint, etc.). Experience with task managers such as ToDoist is encouraged but not required. You should be willing to learn if you are not already adept at taking meeting minutes, coordinating schedules, and creating filing systems. Interns may be involved in research gathering, data analysis, or report writing if additional (not required) interest is involved. The ability to read and understand research-oriented correspondence and briefings is encouraged.


5. Modeling human migration due to conflict and food insecurity in the East Africa (GRA)

 Department, Departments: Columbia Climate School, Affiliate Program

Favorite student: graduating

Expected tasks:

The intern will assist senior staff in compiling and providing quarterly Climate College research updates to member affiliates. The incumbent will consult with all units within the College of Climate and Columbia partners to sponsor recent published research, ongoing research, and prospective research, and will prepare a written summary and annotated bibliography. It will also assist the Climate School leadership in organizing quarterly research updates by providing essential resources such as slide shows and other review materials. Sometimes the trainee will be asked to create a more detailed summary of specific topics as required. The intern should be able to meet with the Senior Adviser on a weekly basis to discuss supportive activities for other Affiliate Partner Programs, including round tables and casual discussions with external partners.

required skills:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on schedule
  • Interest in gaining familiarity with the primary climate research literature and other scientific resources
  • Ability to organize research resources within a high-level summary framework

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