Education News

Summer Internship Announcement

2009-04-08

The Earth Institute Office of Academic and Research Programs is pleased to announce the EI Summer Internship Program. Through the program, students will be able to apply for full-time summer internships within one of the many divisions of the Earth Institute.  Internships are available for both undergraduate and graduate students and all positions are paid. 

Please note that only current students of Columbia University and Barnard College are eligible.

Students graduating in May 2009 are not eligible.

Applicants should submit a resume that details their relevant work and educational experiences and cover letter stating their interests, qualifications and the internship they are applying for to Amanda Christie at arc2140@columbia.edu .  All applicants must state the name of the internship in the subject line of the email.

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 22nd at 12pm. 

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Department: NASA GISS and Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia Univ.

Description:
First the intern would perform a statistical analysis on modern regional climate variability. Second, the intern would assess projections of future climate from several models (including the GISS model) and compare projected variability against modern.

Skills Required:
Programming (Fortran preferred, but any)
Statistics (Basic-Intermediate knowledge)

Type of Student desired:   Undergraduate, Graduate, or Ph.D.
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours a week for 12 weeks

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Department: Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College

Description:
The student intern will be responsible for conducting bacteria survival and transport tests in the laboratory for the Emerging Infectious Disease Bangladesh project. We have found through an extensive well monitoring program that E. coli and other potential pathogens regularly contaminate the untreated groundwater consumed by the rural population in the study area, but the sources and movements of these pathogens remain unexplained. In the past year, with assistance from OARP interns, our group developed a method to measure the filtration rate of bacteria under realistic field conditions for different types of aquifer sands. This summer, we will concentrate on determining which factors contribute to the difference between ideal laboratory conditions and real field conditions by conducting column tests under different conditions and with different media compositions.
The intern will also have the opportunity to become involved in other activities within the group, such as measuring the resistance of pathogenic bacteria to arsenic, performing genetic/molecular analysis on returned pond and well samples, and geospatial analysis of field measurements.

Skills Required:
Basic wet chemistry lab skills are helpful. Experience in more advanced techniques such as flow cytometry, ion chromatography, or PCR is helpful but not required. Must be familiar with data analysis in MS Excel.

Type of Student desired:   Undergraduate or Graduate     
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours a week for 12 weeks

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Department: Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Description: The intern will join a team of faculty, research scientists and graduate students who are working to develop a scientific understanding of green roof behavior in an urban environment. The team has several full-scale instrumented green roofs in New York City, including two facilities on the Columbia University campus. The intern will help with maintaining the monitoring systems, and gathering and interpreting the data on green roof performance. The project is unique in its access to a suite of full scale, instrumented roofs and its focus on scientifically quantifying green roof performance from the perspective of stormwater management, urban heat island management, energy savings and air-quality impacts.

Skills Required:
Must be familiar with excel. Experience with laboratory and/or field classes beneficial.

Type of Student desired:   Undergraduate    
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours a week for 12 weeks

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Department: Social Sector Research Manager/Millennium Cities Initiative

Description:
MCI recently completed 27 MDG needs assessments and cost analyses that were conducted in cities in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. MCI needs assistance from two qualified graduate students to review the needs assessment (in the areas of education, health, water/sanitation and gender).  This includes editing, fact-checking, and data gathering. 

Skills Required:
The interns should have excellent writing skills, strong analytical skills and good research skills.   Additional competencies the interns should possess include the capacity to work on individual projects as well as the ability to work as a member of a team.  The position reports directly to MCI Co-Directors and the MCI Social Sector Research Manager. 

Type of Student desired:   Graduate    
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours a week for 12 weeks

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Department: Dept. of Environmental Science, Barnard College
Project Location: Black Rock Forest, Cornwall, NY (45 miles north of New York City)

Description:
This project offers the unusual opportunity for a student intern to obtain practical, outdoor wildlife biology experience as well as assimilate, evaluate, and potentially publish a Black Rock Forest (BRF) Special Paper based on 25 years of data accumulated on the whitetail deer at BRF. The 25 years of data have been recognized as a rare treasure-trove of information that has not yet been fully tabulated and analyzed. A major task of the student intern would be to assimilate and evaluate this data; the student would be working with the faculty sponsor, the BRF Forest Manager and other wildlife professionals in this task. The faculty sponsor has over 20 years of experience working with whitetail deer populations at BRF. The data base will yield important information on the population dynamics and impact on forest ecology of whitetail deer populations. The database includes 25 years of information (sex, weight, age from deer jaw aging techniques, antler beam diameter, etc.) obtained from the official New York State Deer Hunting Station located at BRF. Winter tracking census, acorn crop analysis, deer browsing statistics from x-closures, roadkills, and a host of other information is available. The student intern would be expected to be involved in obtaining similar data through the summer and into the fall, especially during this year’s rut and hunting season. This project is especially suited for a undergraduate thesis project. We have assurances from the Executive Director at BRF (Bill Schuster) that, given the importance and rarity of this data, a successful project will result in the publication of a BRF Special Paper.

Intern’s Role:
In addition to working outdoors to make the necessary measurements described above, the intern will need utilize basic computer skills to rationalize, synthesize, and analyze the whitetail and ecological database. The intern will live in the forest (at the lodge) and work in the Main Science Center. The intern will be supervised by William Schuster (Director of Black Rock Forest), John Brady (Forest Manager), and Peter Bower (Project Supervisor). There are several Barnard students who have already participated in parts of this project and they are available for consultation.

Type of Student desired:   Undergraduate    
Internship start date: June 1, 2009
Internship end date: November 30, 2009

Compensation: $2500 Stipend plus housing and food at BRF for the summer. The intern would continue the work in the fall.

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Department:  CIESIN / Lamont Campus

Description:
•    To closely work with scientists at the IPCC Data Distribution Center (IPCC DDC) hosted by CIESIN-SEDAC and also with scientists at NASA GISS (another EI unit) to create and edit web pages and guides of climate change integration models (such as COSMIC2), climate change impact observations and related socioeconomic data and information
•    To assist in collecting and processing data from the models and others sources.
•    To assist in preparation of a workshop on detection and attribution of observed climate change impacts supported by IPCC and  to be hosted jointly by GISS-CIESIN

Skills Required:
MS Office (WORD, EXCEL, and preferable ACCESS) skills, interests in research on Climate Change and Literature review skills.

Type of Student desired:   Undergraduate
Compensation: $15/hour, 35 hours a week for 12 weeks

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Job Title: Summer Intern
Department: CERC and American Museum of Natural History

Description:
Depending on student interest and level, there are numerous projects within the Museum’s new Sea Turtle Research and Conservation Program (http://cbc.amnh.org/center/programs/reptiles-seaturtles.html) to choose from. The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation’s Sea Turtle Research and Conservation program bridges the fields of genetics, ecology, and education to advance research and protection of endangered and threatened sea turtles and their ecosystems. Led by Center for Biodiversity and Conservation researcher Dr. Eugenia Naro-Maciel, this program takes an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on: sea turtles of the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, conservation genetics, and conservation applications through education and outreach. One key project involves library research and co-authoring a review article for publication on the status of turtle systematics studies, including: a focus on mitochondrial DNA genomics, molecules useful for turtle systematics and population genetics, status of the field to date, and remaining priorities. Should the student be interested, training in cutting edge genetic laboratory and analysis techniques will also be available at the Museum’s Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics.

Skills Required: Library research and writing, with a science background.

Type of Student desired:  Undergraduate  
 

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Job Title: Summer Office Assistant
Department: Office of Academic and Research Programs

Description:
We are looking for reliable, smart, and motivated students who would like to work full-time assisting with general office help, writing, marketing, and administrative tasks. The candidate must be able to work effectively in a demanding, fast-paced and deadline-driven work environment. The candidate must have excellent attention to detail and advanced writing skills. We are looking for students with a strong interest in the environment, sustainable development, and climate change.

Type of Student desired: Undergraduate or Graduate

Skills Required: The student should be proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and skilled at internet research. Must have office experience and be a full-time Columbia or Barnard student.

Compensation: $12/hour, 35 hours a week

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