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Executive Director’s Office Internship

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student at Columbia or Barnard interested in sustainability and the environment? Are you looking for a paid internship for the spring semester? Apply by Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, to intern in the executive director’s office.

The Office of the Executive Director at the Earth Institute is seeking an intern to provide administrative and research support. Intern’s tasks include administrative work such as phone and desk coverage, running errands, photocopying and data entry. The intern will also support the executive director’s staff in research for reports, book chapters, articles, case studies and presentations, and editing as needed. The intern will assist with social media efforts—especially twitter. The intern will also provide support for the planning and execution of events, meetings, conferences, seminars and special programs.

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. Social media skills are a plus. Applicants should be highly motivated, professional and detail-oriented. A strong interest in the environment and sustainability is preferred, but not required. Common research topics include renewable energy, urban sustainability policy and management, and sustainability metrics.


Candidates should be able to work 10-20 hours per week and will be compensated $15 per hour. Extended duration beyond the spring semester is dependent on performance in the position. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter in a single file to Hayley Martinez at by Jan. 15, 2016. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

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