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 $16 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.


Fall 2020 Deadlines:
August 14 - Positions announced
September 14 - Applications due
October 1 - Decisions sent out

Spring 2021 Deadlines:
December 14 - Positions announced
January 18 - Applications due
February 5 - Decisions sent out

Summer 2021 Deadlines:
March 17 - Positions announced
April 12 - Applications due
April 30 - 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, Senior Program Manager, Office of Academic and Research Programs.

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

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