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Paid Short-term LLM Post-Graduate Fellowship: Addressing Legal Support Gaps and Promoting Transparency in the Context of Land-Based Investments
CCSI will offer one 12-week fellowship for a 2019 graduate of an LLM program, to begin after graduation. The LLM Fellow will work closely with CCSI’s land, agriculture, and human rights team on projects related to financing legal support and advancing demand-driven transparency in the context of land-based investments. While the work will be tailored to the Fellow’s interests and goals, it will primarily involve research, writing, and strategizing. For complete details, including on how to apply, please see here. Applications are due April 1, 2019.


CCSI is hiring two Researchers to develop robust conceptual frameworks that rigorously define SDG-aligned business practices in the energy and food and agribusiness sectors. The successful candidate will work with CCSI researchers, as well as external partners and collaborators, and will:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the energy and food and agribusiness sectors, respectively, and specifically, its intersection with sustainability and human rights; preferred familiarity with existing corporate standards, frameworks, benchmarks and Environmental, Social and Governance criteria relevant to the energy and food and agribusiness sectors.
  • Have experience working independently and as part of a team; demonstrate strong writing, research and analytical skills, with the ability to synthesize, categorize and critique information; and proven capacity to take a leading role in project design and implementation;
  • Have experience engaging with corporate partners, as well as other organizations working on sustainability.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Strong preference for candidates able to start by late April or early May.

Apply here.


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. 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:

  • Fall semester: September 15
  • 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. Candidates must commit to at least 10-15 hours per week for Spring or Fall internships, 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.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. If you are applying for a paid internship, please indicate if you are work-study eligible (preferred but not required).

Internship opportunities still available for Summer 2019:

Paid internship: Promoting targeted and effective land transparency: Developing an evidence-based understanding of the transparency needs, demands, and uses of local communities and host governments in the context of land investments

CCSI seeks a graduate or PhD student to assist with research and other activities relating to new project to do transparency differently. The project will take a demand-driven approach that investigates—both at the international level and in specific country contexts—what is the most important and useful information to disclose and why, in order to inform strategies to strengthen land governance around investment projects. The intern will work closely with CCSI researchers and conduct detailed desk-based research on the needs and demands of affected communities and host governments. Other assistance may be required to prepare for field research in two target countries.

Preference will be given to students with strong research and analysis skills, including the ability to use academic databases and other online search techniques. Some knowledge or experience with the field of business and human rights and/or responsible land-based investment is also desired. Fluency in French or Spanish is desirable but not required.

Complete the online application available here by April 14 at 11:55pm. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. The summer internship period runs June 1 – August 31.

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. (

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:  CCSI seeks interns to fill specific programmatic and administrative needs. Ideal candidates should have an interest in at least one of CCSI’s workstreams – extractive industries, land and agriculture or investment law and policy.  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