The Program

Internships provide undergraduate, graduate and PhD students at Columbia and Barnard with an exciting opportunity to work at the Earth Institute centers in a variety of administration, communications and research positions.  Interns work on a variety of sustainability focused projects across the Earth Institute.  These projects provide interns with hands-on workplace experience, allowing them to learn and grow professionally.  Earth Institute centers benefit from meaningful contributions from bright and motivated students.

The Projects

Through these internships, students learn about the missions, administration and projects of the individual centers within the Earth Institute, while working with leading members of the scientific community.  Interns benefit from the exposure that comes from working with such centers and add value to their academic experience at Columbia University.  Students that come to work for the Earth Institute have varied backgrounds and come from a wide range of departments including anthropology, environmental policy and electrical engineering, to name a few.

To learn more about past projects please click here.

To Apply

All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply for internships. During the fall and spring, these internships are funded at a rate of $15 per hour for up to 10 hours a week for 12 weeks (a maximum of 120 hours during the semester). In the summer, interns work full-time, up to 35 hours per week. Application is available here.


Spring 2018 Deadlines:
December 1 - Positions announced
January 24 - Applications due
February 14 - 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 Cari Shimkus, Program Manager, Office of Academic and Research Programs.

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

Current Positions Available

Spring 2018 Internships


Student Research Showcase


New: Collaborative Research Grant

The Collaborative Research Grant provides undergraduate and masters students at Columbia and Barnard with an exciting opportunity to work alongside Columbia University faculty on a research project of the student’s choosing. Students may apply for funding for up to two semesters (fall/spring or spring/fall), which will enable them to explore the research project more fully than a typical one semester project would allow. Students gain hands-on research experience, allowing them to learn and grow under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Faculty, research scientists and professors benefit from mentoring bright and motivated students, who can contribute to their own research area. Applications will be accepted from students from a variety of backgrounds and departments, so long as the research focuses on an area related to environmental sustainability. For more information on current projects and upcoming application deadlines, please click here