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Associate Director of Development and Strategy
CCSI is seeking an Associate Director of Development and Strategy to support the Center’s fundraising goals and ongoing internal strategic development. The Associate Director will be responsible for supporting the Director and the broader team to develop, oversee, and implement fundraising strategies; to devise, support, and evaluate annual and longer-term programmatic strategic plans; and to support the Center in achieving its mission and in strengthening its impact. For further details, and to apply, please click here.

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.


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 (but still accepting applications for those listed below)
  • Spring semester: January 18
  • 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 Fall 2017:

Paid internship: Political Economy of Natural Resources

CCSI seeks graduate student research assistants to support a project on the political economy of natural resources ( Interns will be asked to carry out literature reviews and other desk research for deliverables such as the following: background briefs for papers being written by expert panel; on-going summaries of the most recent academic literature related to the political aspects of the governance of natural resources; research into innovative approaches to navigating political challenges in other development fields; and other supportive research and analysis as needed. Candidates should possess strong research, writing and analytical skills and be able to work well independently. Background in political economy required.  Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of the “resource curse” literature.

Unpaid internship:  Downstream Beneficiation and Development

Downstream beneficiation is often considered by developing countries as an opportunity to develop the domestic economy by creating jobs, enhancing skills and diversifying the economy. Yet little has been written about the prerequisites for such policies to succeed and the extent to which downstream beneficiation achieves the intended economic and social goals. This research project aims to fill this gap. CCSI is looking for a student with strong analytical and writing skills to write a paper summarizing findings from case studies on countries’ successes & failures to attract the refining industry. Knowledge on the refining industry is a plus.

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, please send a cover letter and resume to CCSI’s Director of Operations, Paulo Cunha. (

Internship opportunities currently available for Spring 2017: (Complete listing still to come)

Paid internship: Arabic speaking Teaching Assistant for Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development Massive Open Online Course

CCSI teamed up with the Natural Resource Governance Institute and the World Bank to create a 12-week massive open online course on the Good Governance of Natural Resources for Sustainable Development. The 12-week course has introduced thousands of students from around the world to key elements of the governance framework that will help ensure that natural resources translate into sustainable development benefits. The course will be re-launched in February 2018, and will be offered in Arabic for the first time. CCSI is seeking an Arabic speaking intern to provide day-to-day administrative and operational support for the course during the upgrade and the re-launch. Full fluency in Arabic is a must, and preference will be given to applicants with strong time management, writing, and communication skills.

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