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Summer Internship with Professor Steven Cohen

Professor Steven Cohen is seeking an intern to provide broad administrative and research support for summer 2018 (with a start-date in mid-April). Steve Cohen is a Professor of Practice at the School of International Affairs, and director of the MS in Sustainability Management and MPA in Environmental Science and Policy programs.

Roughly 60% of this internship involves administrative work such as scheduling and managing calendars, travel coordination, running errands, photocopying, file organization and data entry. The intern will assist Prof. Cohen in the drafting of memos, emails and briefings. The intern will also manage activities and communication related to Prof. Cohen’s external commitments, such as his role on external boards and committees. In particular, the intern will assist Prof. Cohen in his role as a judge for the Yidan Prize for Education, managing the evaluation process of nominations for the annual prize award.

The intern will spend about 40% of time supporting Cohen in research for reports, white papers, articles, case studies, briefs and presentations, and writing and editing as needed. Common research topics include environmental policy, renewable energy, urban sustainability policy and management, and sustainability metrics. The intern will help Professor Cohen refine the syllabus and materials for his fall course in Sustainability Management, writing and updating case studies and finding supplemental resources. The intern may help develop proposals for papers and conferences. The intern may assist with social media tasks related to LinkedIn and Twitter.

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.


The candidate should be able to start part-time, at 5-10 hours per week, beginning in April 2018, for training and orientation. Actual start date is flexible, but no later than April 16, 2018.

The candidate will begin full-time at 35 hours per week, from mid-May until the end of August. Interns will be compensated $17 per hour. Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample in a single file to Alix Schroder at by March 23, 2018.

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