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Internship Opportunities With Professor Steve Cohen

Professor Steve Cohen is seeking two interns to provide broad administrative and research support for the spring and summer 2022 semesters. Steve Cohen is a professor of practice at the School of International and Public Affairs, and director of the MS in Sustainability Management and MPA in Environmental Science and Policy programs, and the senior vice dean at the School of Professional Studies. If you have any questions about the position, your eligibility to apply, or the application process, please contact Maya Lugo at

The interns will assist Prof. Cohen in the drafting of memos, emails, and briefings. The interns will also manage activities and communication related to Prof. Cohen’s external commitments, such as his role on external boards and committees.

The interns will spend about 70% of their 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 interns 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 interns may help develop proposals for papers and conferences. The interns may also assist with social media tasks related to LinkedIn and Twitter.

The position requires excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. The candidates must be able to work in a fast-paced environment while remaining organized and precise to provide high-level administrative and research support. The candidates must be able to multitask, work independently, and be discreet with confidential information. The candidates 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.

Logistics: The candidates should be able to work 20 hours per week beginning in April 2022 with the possibility to continue during the fall semester. The candidates will be able to work a maximum of 35 hours per week during the summer semester.

Interns will be compensated $18 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 Maya Lugo at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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