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Fall 2021 Internship Opportunity with the Center for Climate Systems Research

The Earth Institute is reposting a Fall 2021 opportunity for full-time Columbia Graduate Students. This particular project will provide interns with hands-on workplace experience, allowing them to grow professionally while the Earth Institute centers benefit from their meaningful contributions.

The intern will be expected to begin in Mid-November and work until Mid-February.

To apply:

Complete the online application available HERE by October 18, 2021 at 11:55pm ET.

Only full-time Columbia graduate students are eligible to apply for this internship. Decisions will be made shortly after the deadline.

Students who are selected for a position will be expected to participate in the Earth Institute Student Research Showcase in spring 2022.

Contact David Morales-Miranda ( with questions.

Modeling Human Migration Due to Conflict and Food Insecurity East Africa (GRA)

Department: Center for Climate Systems Research

Anticipated Tasks: The selected candidate will use the Flee agent based model (ABM) to simulate human mobility in the Horn of Africa using a Bayesian framework. This will include model execution, analysis of model-generated data, and application of results to an improved version of the ABM. First, the intern will analyze thousands of Markov Chain Monte Carlo simulations and detect uncertainties and biases in current model performance. Next, the intern will use these results and apply them in the ABM framework. Finally, the intern will build on existing modeling capabilities and study the combined impact of conflict and food insecurity on migration. Open-sourced data from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) database as well as food insecurity indicators compiled by the FAO-UN will be applied to the modeling framework.

Skills Required:

  • Python coding skills
  • aptitude for statistics and Bayesian methods
  • geospatial or network analysis (a plus)


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Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

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