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Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships

The Program

Research assistantships provide opportunities for Columbia University undergraduate students to participate in hands-on sustainable development research on a range of project with Earth Institute faculty and researchers.  The program gives students the opportunity to collaborate on substantive matters of inquiry while gaining meaningful insight into various fields of study and the research process as a whole.  Students participate in all phases of research under faculty guidance; with student help, these projects develop in a way that would not be possible without their assistance.

The Projects

Research projects focus on environmental sustainability and development.  These projects include subtopics in sustainability, development economics, earth sciences, ecology, atmospheric research and environmental policy, among others.  Fostering interdisciplinary connections among the social and natural sciences is a part of the Earth Institute's mission, and research assistantships work to expand those efforts.

To learn more about past projects, please click here.

To Apply

Research assistant positions are available in the fall and spring semesters to undergraduate students that are currently enrolled in Columbia or Barnard. All positions are funded at a rate of $15 per hour for up to 10 hours a week for 12 weeks (a maximum of 120 hours during the semester). Application is available here.

Timeline

Fall 2017 Deadlines:
August 7 - Positions announced
September 11 - Applications due
September 27 - Decisions sent out

Application Process

Applicants will need to submit a resume that details their relevant work and educational experiences and a cover letter stating their interests and qualifications for the internship for which they are applying.

Cover letters should be addressed to Cari Shimkus, Program Manager, Office of Academic and Research Programs.

For more information on the process or individual inquiries, please contact cshimkus@ei.columbia.edu.

Current Positions Available

Fall 2017 Research Assistant Opportunities

Links

Student Research Showcase