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Jobs

Paid Short-term LLM Fellowship on Legal Support Gaps and Land Investments (Summer 2018)
This paid fellowship supports a 2018 graduate of Columbia Law School’s LL.M. program to work with us for 12 weeks to conduct research and undertake activities focused on addressing legal support gaps and promoting transparency in the context of land investments. More information about the fellowship is available here. Applications are due March 25, 2018.

Paid Short-term Post- Graduate Fellowship (Summer 2018)
This paid fellowship supports a 2018 graduate of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) to work with us for 12 weeks over the summer to conduct research and economic analyses for CCSI’s extractive industries and sustainable development workstream. More information about the fellowship is available here. Applications are due March 25, 2018.


Internships

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 (NSipor@law.columbia.edu), 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 currently available for Summer 2018:

Unpaid internship: Legal Support Gaps in the Context of Land Investments

CCSI is seeking law students to assist with research, writing, and other activities relating to our project on legal support gaps in the context of land-based investments. Work could include: helping to develop guidance resources for communities interacting with investors (a collaborative project between CCSI and Namati); analyzing community-investor agreements around land; conducting research on financing solutions for legal support to communities and/or undertaking research on redressing harms to communities in the context of project failure. To the extent possible, work will be tailored to the intern’s interests and experience, and the intern will work closely with CCSI legal researchers. Preference will be given to applicants with strong research and writing skills.

Unpaid internship: Responsible and Sustainable Investments in Land and Agriculture

CCSI is seeking graduate students to assist with research, writing, and other activities relating to various projects within the Center’s Sustainable Investments in Land and Agriculture focus area. Specific projects may include, for example: research to identify new solutions for advancing responsible investments in land and agriculture; writing primers on key topics related to sustainable investments in agriculture; or exploring agricultural investments undertaken by certain subsets of investors. To the extent possible, work will be tailored to interns’ interests and experience, and interns will work closely with CCSI researchers. Preference will be given to applicants with strong research and writing skills who have familiarity with relevant topics.

Unpaid internship: Investment and Human Rights

CCSI is seeking graduate students to assist with research, writing, and other activities relating to various projects on the topic of investment and human rights. Specific issues of focus could include:

  • Incorporating free, prior, and informed consent into contracting processes;
  • Home governments’ extraterritorial obligations in the context of outward resource investments;
  • Squaring investment and human rights frameworks, including the interaction between international investment agreements and human rights;
  • Understanding investment impacts in the articulation of land as a human right; and/or
  • Collaborative human rights impact assessments

The intern will work closely with CCSI legal researchers and, where possible, work will be tailored to the intern’s interests and experience. Preference will be given to applicants with strong research and writing skills who are law students or who have significant legal experience. Familiarity with international investment law and human rights law preferred.

Unpaid internship: Building the Case for Transparency of Land Investments

CCSI is seeking a graduate student to assist with research, writing, and other activities relating to our work on transparency in land-based investment. This may include research and writing focused on: addressing commonly perceived challenges of transparency, developing a robust human rights argument for transparency, articulating the benefits and challenges of transparency for specific sets of stakeholders, and/or tracking and assessing evidence and lessons learned related to land contract disclosure. The intern may also provide limited support to OpenLandContracts.org, the world’s first repository of publicly available land, agricultural, and forestry contracts. The intern will work closely with CCSI legal researchers. Preference will be given to applicants with strong research and writing skills.

Unpaid internship: Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

CCSI is seeking LLM or JD student interns to assist with research, writing and other activities relating to various projects in CCSI’s extractive industries work stream. Tasks may include: performing legal research on the legal frameworks governing extractive industries in different countries; assisting with maintaining the Negotiation Support Portal,  an online portal to support resource-rich countries plan, prepare for, negotiate, monitor, and implement large-scale investment projects; assisting with cross-cutting research on land and extractives. Preference will be given to candidates with strong legal research and writing skills, and candidates who have experience or demonstrated interest in issues relating to extractive industries.

Unpaid internship: Access to Justice

CCSI is seeking JD or LLM students to support research that seeks to assess the implications of the international investment regime for access to justice for investment-affected rights holders. Further information about the project can be found here and here. Applicants with experience in investment law and human rights law are strongly encouraged to apply.

Unpaid internship: Communications and Publications

CCSI is seeking a graduate student to assist with communications and publications tasks related to the Center’s work on Investment Law & Policy. This unpaid internship will involve a range of communications tasks, including: proofreading, editing, and formatting publications; drafting short publications, including blogs and briefing notes; managing social media; filming and editing short videos, including interviews and tutorials; and carrying out and transcribing phone interviews. Candidates with experience with Adobe Creative Suite encouraged to apply.

Unpaid internship: International Trade and Investment Law and Policy

CCSI is seeking JD and LLM students to support a number of projects relating to policy analysis surrounding international investment treaties, treaty-based investor-state arbitration, and trade law. Students should be presently enrolled in law school. Familiarity with international trade and/or investment law is desirable, but is not required.

Unpaid internship: Investment Treaty Analysis

CCSI is seeking JD or LLM students to work on investment treaty analysis. This unpaid internship will involve working with CCSI staff to collect and analyze recently drafted investment treaties in order to identify and comment on notable trends in investment law. Interest in investment law is required, and applicants with experience in public international law are strongly encouraged to apply.

Unpaid internship: Trade, Investment, and Food Security

CCSI is seeking a graduate student to support its research on the nexus of trade, investment, and food security. This internship will require research on topical issues at this nexus, identification of the impacts of trade and investment agreements on efforts by states to enhance food security and nutrition, and documentation of best practices and/ or reforms. Preference will be given to candidates with strong legal research and writing skills. Familiarity with trade and investment law required.

Paid internship: Emerging Market Firms and the SDGs

CCSI is seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate student to assist with a variety of tasks relating to CCSI’s work on emerging market firms and sustainable development. Duties will include working with CCSI staff to review, edit and finalize background and summary documents; providing research support as needed; and supporting coordination for various events and meetings related to this project. The ideal candidate will: have academic or professional experience related to the issues; be highly organized and responsive; have strong time management and writing and communication skills, and an interest in corporate conduct and sustainable development. Students currently undertaking degrees in business, finance, or public affairs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Paid internship: Increasing Incomes for Smallholder Coffee Producers

CCSI is working with the World Coffee Producers Forum to analyse the developments of world coffee markets over the last decades; and how future demand, technological and climate change trends are likely going to impact the supply chains. Recommendations will be provided regarding how producing countries can take these trends into account, and improve the social and environmental impacts for smallholder coffee producers. For this project, CCSI is seeking a highly motivated graduate student with an economics or public policy background. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in market analyses and/or prior knowledge of the coffee sector.

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. (pcunha@law.columbia.edu).


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

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 ccsi@law.columbia.edu.