Student Opportunities 

Note: student positions are only open to current Columbia Students. Students graduating in Spring 2021 are not eligible to work in student positions after 4/15/2021. 

Open Applications for Summer and Fall 2021: 

On the application pages for each position students may select which research programs, scholars, and/or teams for which they would like to be considered. For example, on the Departmental Research Assistant application page a student can select if they would like to be considered for a position with the Carbon Management Research Initiative, the Energy for Development program, the Power Sector team, etc. Students may select as many or as few of these options they would like.

Students may apply for multiple positions, but should only apply for the positions where they meet the minimum requirements. 

Please submit all inquiries to [email protected].

Departmental Research Assistants

Center on Global Energy Policy Departmental Research Assistants (DRAs) are given a wide range of assignments to support the research and activities of this growing research department. Responsibilities may include conducting research under the direction of our Scholars, data analysis and visualization, generating and presenting research data, and drafting and/or editing written work for publication. DRAs will also assist the research program with coordination between internal CGEP units, especially when a scholar is planning public or private events. Please note: these appointments are only available to full-time graduate students. 

Research Administration Assistants 

Research Administration Assistants for the Center on Global Energy Policy will be given a wide range of assignments to support the administration of our research programs. Assignments will include conducting background research and literature reviews under the direction of research scholars, collating and analyzing data, drafting briefing memos, providing operational support through coordination with other CGEP teams (including assisting researchers with public and private event planning), attending meetings and events, notetaking in private workshops, and other related tasks. These hourly positions are open both graduate and undergraduate students studying either full- or part-time. Recipients of Federal Work Study awards may apply. 

Student Assistants 

Student Assistants for the Center on Global Energy Policy support the operations and administration of the department. Students assist staff members of the Communications, Development, Events, Finance & Administration, Publications and/or the Offices of the Founding and Executive Directors. These hourly positions are open both graduate and undergraduate students studying either full- or part-time. Recipients of Federal Work Study awards may apply. 

Employment Opportunities

Please visit Careers at Columbia page for all job postings.

Chief of staff to the founding director

The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia/SIPA seeks a Chief of Staff to the Founding Director to act as a strategist, advisor and implementer across all aspects of the Director’s portfolio. The successful candidate will engage with high-level content and help ensure streamlined activities within the Director’s office. The incumbent will supervise a Special Assistant and work closely with the Director’s Senior Executive Assistant to handle day-to-day processes and information flow as well as support forward-looking planning activities.

Chief of Staff to the executive director 

The Center on Global Energy Policy seeks a Chief of Staff to the Executive Director to act as an advisor and implementer across all aspects of the Executive Director’s portfolio. The successful candidate will engage with high-level content and help ensure streamlined activities within the Executive Director’s office. The incumbent will work closely with the Executive Director and handle day-to-day processes and information flow as well as support forward-looking planning activities.

Director of Communications and Digital Media

The Center on Global Energy Policy seeks a Director of Communications and Digital Media. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Communications will be the lead strategist for developing, articulating, and messaging for CGEP, including its research, events, experts and insights to internal and external audiences.

Associate director of communications and media relations

Reporting to the Director of Communications and Digital Media, the Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations is responsible for the development, implementation and ongoing management of strategic communications and digital media strategies for the Center on Global Energy Policy 

assistant director of human resources

Reporting to the Director of Finance and Administration (DFA), the Assistant Director of Human Resources provides assistance to faculty, staff, students and other affiliates on a broad array of Human Resources policies and procedures. 

 

Staff Associate III

CGEP seeks a Staff Associate III (Officer of Research) to support original research on domestic and/or international energy policy, geopolitics, technology, equality and justice, markets, development, or other relevant areas (e.g., the energy transition to zero-carbon fuels, energy and public health). The position will leverage linkages between other areas of ongoing work across the Earth Institute, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, and Columbia University more broadly, including its Climate School. The position will engage at a high level with key stakeholders. A high level of verbal and written communications, and cultural awareness, skills are required.

Senior/Research Scholar

CGEP seeks a Senior Research Scholar or Research Scholar to work on major research topics related to energy and climate change.