Communications and Digital Media Student Assistant

2 Positions; $30/hour, 10-15 hours per week


The Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) Communications and Digital Media Student Assistants will help generate visibility and heighten awareness of the Center through strategic communication and digital media platforms. Reporting to the Communication Manager, the Student Assistants for communications and digital media will support:

  • Strategic Communications: This will include providing editorial content and support by developing, reporting, writing, and editing online and print news stories, profiles, event recaps, and Q&As; proofreading editorial and communications material; conducting analysis and writing reports on social media and web traffic data; developing social media content and strategy for CGEP research; and supporting media relations and congressional outreach.
  • Website and social media: This will include live tweeting, photography, and creating audio and video content. They will help administer CGEP social media accounts and perform website administration using a content management system. Professional experience working with social media and knowledge of the Drupal CMS, MailChimp, Asana, Canva and Adobe design software are helpful but not necessary.


Professional journalism, communications, or PR experience is not required, but the ideal candidates will have demonstrated excellent writing and proofreading skills, familiarity and interest in social and digital media platforms. There are no course, grade, or concentration requirements, but candidates should be able to manage multiple tasks and assignments. A typical week will include 10-15 hours of remote work for Spring 2021; the remote system will include virtual event coverage, live tweeting, phone and zoom interviews, and writing. There is scheduling flexibility depending on student availability and departmental needs, and the applicant should be willing to attend virtual events in the evenings and occasionally on weekends. 

Application Deadline: December 31, 2020

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Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.


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