Director's Office Internship Opening

by |March 20, 2018

The Office of the Director at the Earth Institute is seeking an intern to provide broad administrative and research support in summer 2018. The intern will support a three-person team with tasks related to all aspects of Earth Institute operations, management and research facilitation. The Earth Institute’s new Director arrives on May 1 and this intern will help support the Director’s early priorities and lay the foundation for new programming and activities.

The intern will support research, writing and developing of memos, briefs and presentations. The intern will support the Director’s initiatives, which may include: providing support for the planning and execution of events, meetings, conferences, seminars, and special programs. Intern’s tasks may include administrative work such as running errands, photocopying and data entry.

The intern will also help support Institute-wide research programs and initiatives. 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 and supporting the annual staff retreat in July.

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. Applicants should be highly motivated, professional and detail-oriented. A strong interest in the environment and sustainability is preferred, but not required.


Candidate should be able to work 20-35 hours per week and will be compensated $18 per hour. The term of this position is from mid-May to late August. Extended duration beyond the summer is dependent on performance in the position. Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample in a single file to Hayley Martinez at by Friday, April 6, 2018.

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