Working with CCSI

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Internships: We offer a limited number of unpaid and paid research and administrative internships for undergraduate and graduate students (including graduate students in law, business, international affairs, and environmental studies) during the fall, spring and summer. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and writing sample, all together in a single file, in that order. The cover letter should include a distinct list of which internships you are applying for (you may include as many as you’d like). Please submit materials to Nancy Siporin (, unless otherwise specified.  

Application deadlines are as follows (although applications will be considered on a rolling basis):

  • Fall semester: September 18
  • Spring semester: January 15
  • Summer: March 31

Candidates must currently be enrolled in a degree program, have astute research, analytical and writing skills, and enjoy working on a team. Only students currently enrolled at Columbia University are eligible for paid positions. Candidates must commit to at least 10-15 hours per week for Spring or Fall internships unless otherwise indicated, but more hours are possible. Summer internships are full-time (35-40 hours per week), unless otherwise noted. Continuation into subsequent semesters is possible, and course or academic internship credit can be granted in limited cases.

If you are applying for a paid internship, please indicate if you are work-study eligible (preferred but not required).

(Remote) Internship opportunities available for Fall 2020: 

Paid internship: Fiscal Modeling Training for 8 African Countries
CCSI is working with the African Development Bank and the FERDI institute to develop a capacity building program in fiscal modeling for 8 African countries.
CCSI is seeking a graduate student from SIPA or Columbia Business School with strong fiscal or financial modeling capabilities, with a preference for students with experiences in the mining and petroleum sectors.

Paid internship: Operations Assistant (work study)

CCSI is seeking an undergraduate or graduate work-study student to assist with a variety of substantive operational tasks. The work-study position primarily will entail helping with business and administrative tasks related to the operational functioning of the center, with an opportunity to specialize in one of several areas including business operations, editing, communications, events or workstream support, assisting one of the three CCSI workstreams in Extractive Industries, Land and Agriculture or Investment Law Policy. Preference will be given to responsible, detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate students. Those with long-term availability are preferred. To apply for this Operations Assistant position, please send a cover letter and resume to CCSI’s Director of Operations, Paulo Cunha. (

(Remote) Fellowship opportunities available for Fall 2020: 

Recognition of Autonomous Protocols and Community By-Laws in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa

Building on the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment’s (CCSI) research on the political economy of indigenous and tribal communities right to FPIC in the context of extractives projects, we are engaged in action- and policy-oriented research that explores opportunities to further socialize and promote the recognition of and adherence to community protocols and community by-laws in different contexts. See more about the project here.

The Fellow will work closely with CCSI researchers and focus on detailed desk-based research on autonomous protocols and community by-laws. This may include literature reviews and analysis, and interviews with external organizations working in the field of land governance and indigenous rights. Strong research and writing skills (including the ability to use academic databases and other online search techniques) are desirable, as is some knowledge or experience in the field of business and human rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, and/or responsible land-based investment. The initial phase of the project is expected to run through the Fall semester with the possibility of extension into the Spring.

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights is generously supporting this Human Rights Research Fellowship. Students who receive the Fellowship are expected to complete approximately 80-120 hours of research assistance during the academic year. ISHR will award one research stipend per opportunity in the amount of $1,500. Priority will be given to HRSMA and UHRP students. Please contact with any questions.

Applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume, and unedited writing sample (all together in a single pdf) to Nancy Siporin at

What CCSI offers: Through the internship experience, interns can expect to make substantive contributions to research and/or administrative activities at CCSI. The internship experience is a mutually beneficial one, and provides interns with opportunities for professional growth and learning. CCSI develops specific terms of reference for every intern each semester, with clear tasks and timelines.

What CCSI looks for: Ideal candidates should be detailed-oriented, well-organized and responsive, and prioritize and carry out tasks with minimal supervision. Candidates should also have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Our interns have included both undergraduate and graduate students from Columbia College, Columbia Law School, the School of International and Public Affairs, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Columbia Business School. We also occasionally accept Interns from outside the university.


Fellowships: Our range of Fellows include Visiting Scholars, Fellows and Senior Fellows. Visiting Scholars can include international scholars, professors, judges, practitioners, and government officials, as well as doctoral students at the start of their scholarly careers. Visiting Scholars must apply through Columbia Law School’s Visiting Scholars Program. Applications for Visiting Scholars are reviewed three times during the year, corresponding with three program intakes, as follows:

  • Fall semester: applications due no later than April 1.
  • Spring semester: applications due no later than September 1.
  • Summer semester: applications due no later than March 1.

Fellows and Senior Fellows are CCSI advisors who provide programmatic and operational advice and support to the Center. For more information, please contact us at