Internship Opening Spring 2018

by |November 28, 2017

The Office of the Executive Director at the Earth Institute is seeking 1-2 interns to provide broad administrative and research support in spring 2018. Intern tasks include administrative work such as phone and desk coverage, running errands, photocopying and data entry. The intern will also support the Executive Director’s staff in research for reports, book chapters, articles, case studies, briefs and presentations, and writing and editing as needed. The intern will support the Executive Director’s initiatives, which may include: providing support for the planning and execution of events, meetings, conferences, seminars, and special programs.

The intern will also help support Institute-wide research programs and initiatives, such as those related to climate adaptation, renewable energy, and sustainable food. Tasks related to these initiatives may include helping to organize and staff meetings, providing website support, providing background research related to projects, and editing project summaries and other related content. The intern will also support activities of the Earth Institute staff advisory committee, helping implement programs internally for administrators, such as planning staff development activities.

The position requires excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. The candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment while remaining organized and precise in order to provide high-level administrative and research support. The candidate must be able to multitask, work independently, and be discrete with confidential information. The candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Social media skills are a plus. Applicants should be highly motivated, professional and detail-oriented. A strong interest in the environment and sustainability is preferred, but not required. Common research topics include environmental policy, renewable energy, urban sustainability policy and management, and sustainability metrics.


Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. Candidate should be able to work 10-20 hours per week and will be compensated $15 per hour. Extended duration beyond the spring semester is dependent on performance in the position.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample in a single file to Hayley Martinez at by Monday, December 11, 2017. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Emily and Hilary

Sustainability management students Emily Gittleman and Hilary Osborn, who interned in the executive director’s office in 2017.

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