Having multiple interests is an asset in a world where complex problems necessitate holistic solutions from practitioners who can communicate with a multitude of stakeholders. “Interdisciplinary study is the way of the future because among different stakeholders, communication is key,” said student David Katz. Students from Columbia University’s Ph.D. program in Sustainable Development and the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program share their experiences with undergraduates in the Columbia community.
Six reservoirs in the Catskills Mountains provide about 90% of New York City’s safe drinking water, or one billion gallons of water a day. Studying the complexities of effectively managing the watershed led 30 Sustainable Development undergraduate students to spend a weekend in the Catskills exploring the water system.
This spring 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 [...]
The Earth Institute, Columbia University is pleased to announce 12 research assistant opportunities for undergraduate students during the spring 2012 semester. Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on exciting research projects related to sustainable development and the environment, and engage with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting [...]
“It is important to be present, interested and passionate in a Master’s program.” Taking time off to travel and work helped Meg Sutton to realize that the M.A. Climate and Society program has what she was looking for in a graduate program.
Here are four questions to ask yourself if you’re a student about to start searching for a post-graduate job or internship: What do you like to do? How do you like to work? What sort of environment do you best work in? What things will you most value in a job? Financial security, prestige, helping [...]
The first fall field trip took students in the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development outside of the city limits, through the Narrows and into Staten Island to learn about Freshkills Park, the place once known as the world’s largest landfill. Upon arriving at St. George ferry terminal on Sept. 24, students were greeted by Doug [...]
Students from the Undergraduate Sustainable Development Program and members of the Earth Institute faculty were able to put aside readings and assignments in exchange for a few hours of socializing and networking during the Fall 2011 Welcome Mixer on Sept. 22nd. The event was held on campus in the beautiful Maison Francaise, where students enjoyed [...]
On September 16th, Oluseyi Fayanju, a graduate of the M.A. in Climate and Society program, spoke with current undergraduate students about his studies at Columbia and the professional experiences that led him to the Environmental Defense Fund. Although he originally planned to focus on climate change and energy after studying at the Earth Institute, Oluseyi [...]