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 pay $15 per hour and students typically work 10 hours per week for up to 12 weeks.


Spring 2017 Deadlines:
December 28 - Positions announced
January 23 - Applications due
February 10 - 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 Jessica Sotomayor, Senior Program Manager, Office of Academic and Research Programs.

For more information on the process or individual inquiries, please contact

Current Positions Available

Spring 2017 Research Assistant Opportunities


Student Research Showcase