State of the Planet

News from the Columbia Climate School

Summer 2017 Internship Opening

The Office of the Executive Director at the Earth Institute is seeking a summer intern to provide broad 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, briefs and presentations, and writing and editing as needed. The intern will support the Executive Director’s initiatives, which may include: providing support for the planning and execution of events, meetings, conferences, seminars, and special programs.

The intern will also help support Institute-wide research programs and initiatives, such as those related to climate adaptation, renewable energy, and sustainable food. Tasks related to these initiatives may include helping to organize and staff meetings, providing background research related to projects, and editing project summaries and other related content. The intern will also support activities of the Earth Institute staff advisory committee, helping implement programs internally for administrators, such as the annual staff retreat in July.

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 environmental policy, renewable energy, urban sustainability policy and management, and sustainability metrics.


Candidate should be able to work 20-35 hours per week from May through August 2017, and will be compensated $15 per hour. Extended duration beyond the summer is dependent on performance in the position. To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and short writing sample in a single file to Hayley Martinez at by Friday, April 7, 2017.

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