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Economics and Policy Researcher

This position will collaborate with the Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and the head of CCSI’s workstream on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development to develop and execute the Center’s applied research agenda, primarily in the domain of energy, extractive industries and sustainable development. Specifically, the incumbent will lead research on the economic and policy frameworks shaping investments in oil, mining and gas globally, and their impacts on sustainable development. The incumbent will also focus on implications for investment of the energy transition, for corporations, governments, investors, and other stakeholders. The researcher will engage with global norms, trends and comparative approaches related to local content, infrastructure, fiscal regimes, community rights, environment and other related policy issues.

The researcher will also engage with the technical advisory work of CCSI, working with select governments, corporations, multilaterals and other stakeholders on projects in Africa, South America, and Asia; teach at trainings in New York and around the world; design and organize conferences, seminars, trainings and workshops; and work on the various publications of the Center.


Masters Degree or equivalent degree in Economics, Development, or other related field, and relevant experience.  Relevant experience includes, but is not limited to, the ability to carry out collaborative research projects in domains related to the Center’s work, such as energy, economic analysis, fiscal modeling and sustainable development. Preference will be given to applicants with 7-10 years of post-graduate experience.

This position also requires willingness to learn new areas and to work in a highly interdisciplinary, flexible, and dynamic environment. Excellent interpersonal, organization and communication skills required as well as initiative, motivation and ability to think strategically.  The ideal candidate will work under limited supervision on complex assignments that require him/her to exercise a high degree of adaptation and independent judgment. Additional language skills strongly preferred.


Interested applicants should apply at this link. Please note that the description of the position at the application link is outdated; the above description accurately describes the role. The incumbent will be expected to start in January 2020.


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 available for Fall 2019:

Unpaid: Senior Editor for Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy

The Yearbook on International Investment Law and Policy is an annual publication published by Oxford University Press in association with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. The Yearbook addresses legal and policy issues in the area of international investment from national, regional, and international perspectives. It monitors current developments in international investment law and policy, focusing (in Part One) on trends in foreign direct investment, international investment agreements, and investment disputes. Part Two, then, looks at central issues in the contemporary discussions on international investment law and policy. The Yearbook is currently recruiting a Senior Editor for its 2019 edition. The Senior Editor is responsible for overseeing the review of accepted manuscripts. The Senior Editor will work closely with the Managing Editor and editorial staff to review and revise manuscripts, align articles with the Yearbook’s house style, and ensure that production proceeds smoothly and efficiently. Applications for the senior editor position, including a 2-page CV and a short note explaining your motivations, should be sent to Nancy Siporin,, by Friday November 15, 2019. Familiarity with the Yearbook’s house style (OSCOLA) is strongly preferred, though not required.

Unpaid internship: Legal Research on 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 that govern extractive industries in different countries and 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.

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