Working with CCSI

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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: 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 currently available for Spring 2018:

Paid internship: Operations Assistant, Executive Trainings (work study)

Over the past five years, CCSI has trained over 230 policy-makers and practitioners from 61 countries at our annual Executive Trainings on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, Sustainable Investments in Agriculture, and International Treaties and Arbitration for Government Officials. All three trainings are holistic and multi-disciplinary, tackling the challenges of developing robust legal and fiscal frameworks; negotiating equitable deals with investors; leveraging investments for greater sustainable development outcomes, including through linkages, technology transfer and employment; mitigating environmental impacts while protecting human rights; and understanding the overarching implications of investment treaties; among other topics. The work-study position primarily will entail helping with vital operational tasks related to the management of these trainings, including liaising with participants and speakers, managing registration and payments, developing course materials, and other similar responsibilities.

The ideal candidate (with a strong preference for a graduate student) will have excellent organizational, analytical, and project managements skills; an interest in agriculture and land, extractive industries, sustainable investment, and/or sustainable development; and strong communication and writing skills. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to CCSI’s Director of Operations, Paulo Cunha. (

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. (

Unpaid: Student Editors 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. It draws on the guidance of a distinguished Advisory Board and ongoing engagement by an Editorial Committee consisting of leading academics in the field of investment law and policy. 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 recent developments and trends in international investment treaties and treaty policy; investor-state dispute settlement; institutional developments; and developments relevant to particular regions or countries. Part Two examines central thematic issues in the contemporary discussions on international investment law and policy. The Yearbook is currently recruiting student editors for its 2017 edition.  Student editors review articles for, in particular, coherence, proper use of sources, and spelling or grammatical errors and footnotes. The work will take place over the course of the spring semester, and student editors will be recognized in the Yearbook. Applications, including a 2-page CV and a short note explaining your motivations, should be sent to Nancy Siporin (

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