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Summer 2015 Internship Openings

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Summer intern working at Hogan Hall.

The Office of the Executive Director at the Earth Institute is seeking two interns to assist the Executive Director’s Office in providing research and administrative support. The interns will provide research support for reports, book chapters, articles, case studies, and presentations, and editing as needed. Research topics include but are not limited to sustainability, environmental policy, sustainability management, and renewable energy. Intern tasks also include administrative work, such as phone and desk coverage, photocopying, and running errands. The interns will also support the Executive Director’s initiatives, which may include: providing support for the planning and execution of research projects, events, meetings, seminars, and special programs.

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is the world’s leading academic center for the integrated study of Earth and its environment, human society and the interaction between the two.  The Earth Institute is a consortium of more than 750 scientists, post-doctoral fellows, staff and students working in and across more than 30 Columbia University research centers and programs. Its overarching goal is to help achieve sustainable development primarily by expanding our understanding of the Earth as one integrated system. The Earth Institute works toward this goal through scientific research, education and the practical application of research for solving real-world challenges.

Skills Required: 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 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.

Internship Details:  The Executive Director’s Office is looking for two interns for summer 2015, with the potential to extend through the fall semester of the academic year (with the option of increasing or reducing hours as needed). Extended duration is dependent on performance in the position. Candidates should be available to work 15-35 hours per week and will be compensated $15 per hour.

Requirements: Undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia or Barnard are welcome to apply.

To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Hayley Martinez at by April 27, 2015. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; early applications are strongly encouraged.


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9 years ago

I’m a Professional Land Surveyor and have observed, first-hand, rising sea levels.
Assuming that the earth’s crust is at a relative state of equilibrium with respect to the temperature of the magma below and
atmosphere/ocean above; is it possible that an increase of heat due to global warming could reach a critical threshold like the heat
of fusion of ice that could rapidly melt granite causing earthquake increases? Studying the earth’s historic temperature in relationship to
earthquake and volcanic activity may correlate the hottest periods in history with increased earthquakes and predict the effects of rapid global
warming on volcanic and earthquake activity based on the known heat of fusion of various rock materials. I’m not a scientist but I haven’t heard
anyone that has considered this critical threshold. I’d much appreciate your thoughts on this.