Working with CCSI

Jobs  Internships  Fellowships




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 send a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to Nancy Siporin (, unless otherwise specified.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall semester: September 15
  • 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 Summer 2017:

Paid internship: Government Revenue Losses from Extractive Industry Projects Due to Tax Treaties

Tax avoidance and evasion has recently been in the news due to the Panama papers. Tax treaties have long been used by international investors to shift profits and minimize the tax burden of multinational companies. This is particularly problematic for resource rich countries that rely on tax payments by international oil, gas and mining companies. CCSI, in partnership with the Natural Resource Governance Institute, is looking to analyze the government revenue implications from extractive industry projects resulting from tax treaties. We are looking for graduate students with strong quantitative skills to work on this project over the summer. Interns should be available for at least 100 hours of work, though more may be possible. Knowledge and experience with tax planning and/or international tax treaties is preferred.

Paid internship: Conducting Surveys (For students with work study eligibility)

CCSI is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student with interviewing skills to test the impact of CCSI’s executive trainings on past alumni.

Paid internship: Administrative Assistant (for students with work study eligibility)

CCSI is seeking an undergraduate or graduate work-study student to assist with a variety of administrative and operational tasks. The work-study position primarily will entail helping with administrative tasks related to event planning and the day-to-day operational functioning of the center (e.g., drafting administrative forms, managing website and tracking website activity, preparing newsletters and other mailings, assisting with event preparation, etc.). The intern will also be expected to assist with editing and formatting center publications, preparing expense reports and invoices, and coordinating travel and accommodations for CCSI staff members and guests. Prior administrative experience a plus, but not required. Attention to detail is a must. Those with long-term availability are preferred. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to CCSI’s Associate 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