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Summer 2019 Internship Opportunities at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute, is accepting applications until March 31, 2019 for internship positions for summer 2019. Interns are staffed to one or more specific research projects depending on the background and interests of the particular applicant. Select work-study administrative positions are also available, and course credit can be granted in some cases.

CCSI is a leading applied research center and forum dedicated to the study, practice and discussion of sustainable international investment. Our mission is to develop and disseminate practical approaches and solutions to maximize the impact of international investment for sustainable development. The center’s work is organized around three major areas of research: Sustainable Investments in Extractive Industries, Sustainable Investments in Land and Agriculture, and Sustainable International Investment Law and Policy, with cross-cutting research related to climate change and human rights.

Summer internships are full-time (35-40 hours per week), unless otherwise noted. Continuation into subsequent terms is possible, and in some cases, preferred.

To apply for a summer 2019 internship, please send a cover letter, CV and writing sample to CCSI’s executive coordinator, Nancy Siporin (, unless otherwise specified, by March 31, 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please indicate if you are work-study eligible (which is preferred but not required). The cover letter should include a distinct list of which internships you are applying for—you may include as many as you’d like.

Summer 2019 internship opportunities are currently available for the following:

Paid Internship: Policies to Develop Linkages to the Extractive Industry Sector in Latin America

CCSI is advising two governments in Latin America on how to develop linkages to its extractive industry sector. The project foresees the analysis of existing policies, interviews of key stakeholders in the respective countries and the drafting of policy briefs with recommendations. CCSI is seeking a student to support this project. Spanish skills are a prerequisite. Individuals with knowledge/experience in the extractive industry and/or industrial policy design are encouraged to apply. As this project is already underway and we are seeking someone to start as soon as possible, we will be reviewing applications as they are submitted.

Paid Internship: Mine of the Future

CCSI is seeking a graduate student to support the team in updating the Mining a Mirage Report. The update will place particular focus on reviewing policies implemented by governments to support workers who have lost their jobs due to automation in other sectors and provide policy recommendations of possible support programs, as well as models that can re-balance the shared-value paradigm. Students with an economics or policy background are encouraged to apply.

Paid internship: Operations Assistant (Work Study)

CCSI is seeking an undergraduate or graduate work-study student to assist with a variety of substantive operational tasks. The work-study position primarily will entail helping with business and administrative tasks related to the operational functioning of the center, with an opportunity to specialize in one of several areas including business operations, editing, communications, events or workstream support, assisting one of the three CCSI workstreams in Extractive Industries, Land and Agriculture or Investment Law Policy. Preference will be given to responsible, detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate students. Those with long-term availability are preferred. To apply for this operations assistant position, please send a cover letter and resume to CCSI’s director of operations, Paulo Cunha. (

For more information on internship opportunities and how to apply, please see the CCSI website.

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