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Assistant Needed for Oil, Rights, and Development Course

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development is accepting applications for a course assistant to support the spring course, SDEV 4420: Oil, Rights and Development.

Applicants must be current full-time Columbia University graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program. Students should expect to work 10-20 hours per week on average in the lead up to the two-day course (though this can vary throughout the semester) and 10 hrs/day on April 1-2, 2022.

Applications will only be accepted from graduate students. 

To Apply

Interested candidates should email Professor Radon ( and cc Sylvia Montijo (

SDEV 4420 Oil, Rights and Development

Instructor: Professor Jenik Radon (jr2218)


  • Prep Session: Wednesday, March 30 from 6 to 8pm or Thursday, March 31 from 4:10 to 6pm
  • Course Dates: Friday, April 1 (9am-5pm) and Saturday, April 2 (9am-5pm)

A graduate student is needed to support the preparation and delivery of a two-day intensive simulation course SDEV 4420 Oil, Rights and Development. The candidate will work closely with Professor Radon on the successful implementation of the course on April 1-2, 2022. 

The successful candidate will have strong attention to detail, ability to work with minimal supervision, and experience with supporting a class. Preference will be given to students who have previously taken the course.

Anticipated Tasks

Under the supervision of the professor, the candidate will help to prepare the logistics of the class and assist in its implementation. Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Collecting the resumes/CVs for all student participants (50-90 people) 
  • Assigning student participants to simulation groups based on their experience 
  • Distributing materials to students 
  • Answering student queries
  • Other assignments as needed to support course preparation and implementation 


Must be a full-time graduate student with:

  • Excellent organizational, communications and leadership skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Must be able to manage tasks and time with minimal supervision;
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of human rights or humanitarian issues preferred, but not required
  • Preference for a student familiar with the course, or who has taken the course last year
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