Working With CCSI

Communications and Design Consultant

About the Role

CCSI is seeking a Communications and Design Consultant to develop and implement communication strategies for a pivotal project focusing on the market assessment of critical minerals in developing countries. This consultant will play a crucial role in managing the design, visual, and communication aspects of the project's outputs and deliverables, as well as collaborating closely with our researchers and support staff to disseminate the findings of the project effectively.

Project Overview

The project entails a large-scale market assessment of innovative clean energy technologies for critical minerals in developing countries. The project aims to map out the landscape of technological innovations and innovators in clean energy technologies relevant to critical minerals throughout the value chain, as well as assess the current and potential market demand for these technologies.


This position is a 6-month engagement starting June 1, 2024, with an escalating workload. The consultant will begin with lighter responsibilities and dedicated weekly hours (starting from 5–10 hours per week in the earlier months), increasing later in the project as the need arises to finalize project deliverables (going up to 35–40 hours per week in the latter months).

Key Responsibilities

  • Communications Strategy Development: Collaborate with CCSI researchers and support staff to devise a communications and design strategy that aligns with the project’s deliverables and enhances its outreach.
  • Synthesis and Presentation of Research Findings: Work closely with the research team to synthesize project findings for communications purposes and support the team in preparing deliverables to ensure that they are engaging, visually appealing, and concise deliverables, including:
    • Market Assessment Final Report: Provide consultancy on the visual and communication elements of the report.
    • Project Pipeline: Based on project findings, provide consultancy on the visual and communication elements of a strategic portfolio of innovative projects in the critical minerals sector within developing countries.
    • Website Content: Generate website content that effectively summarizes the research findings through narratives, interactive visualizations, infographic presentations of quantitative data, and insightful case studies.
    • Electronic Brochure: Design a narrative-driven brochure that emphasizes human stories and the tangible benefits of the market assessment for local communities’ sustainable development based on the project’s findings.
    • Data Repository: Create a user-friendly data repository to house raw data from the analysis.
    • Slide Deck: Develop a visually compelling slide deck that distills key project findings and insights into a compelling narrative.
    • International Events Presentation: Support the team in preparing and delivering findings at international events and through online dissemination activities.
  • Dissemination Strategy: With input from the research team, develop and implement a dissemination strategy for the project’s deliverables. Along with the dissemination strategy, the consultant will develop a framework metric to monitor the reach of the dissemination activities.
  • Social Media: Lead a social media campaign to promote the project and its findings, including strategy development, content creation, and partnership engagement on platforms like X and LinkedIn.
  • Event Support: Provide comprehensive communications support before, during, and after project-related events.


  • Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Professional Experience: At least 5 to 7 years of relevant experience in communications, marketing, or design. Experience in sustainable investment, sustainable development, sustainable mining, or related fields is highly preferred.
  • Skills:
    • Proven ability to convey complex ideas in simple, direct, and effective language tailored to diverse audiences and platforms.
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams on concurrent projects, deliver high-quality work on short deadlines, and adapt to changing project demands and unplanned opportunities.
    • High creativity in presenting information to ensure wide reach and impactful engagement.
    • Ability to respond to and integrate feedback from both peers and supervisors.
    • Proficient in using digital and social media platforms.
    • Strategic thinker with the ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and integrate feedback constructively.


The consultant will be compensated with a maximum of $20,000 throughout the 6-month project duration.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit, in one single PDF document, a resume, cover letter including an hourly or daily rate, and a portfolio demonstrating relevant work experience to Nancy Siporin ([email protected]). Please include examples of previous work in similar roles or industries if available. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 7, 2024.

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 ALL TOGETHER IN A SINGLE FILE, in that order. 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 ([email protected]), unless otherwise specified.  

Application deadlines are as follows unless otherwise noted (although applications will be considered on a rolling basis):

  • Fall semester: September 15 
  • Spring semester: January 15
  • Summer: March 15 (unless otherwise specified)

Candidates must currently be enrolled in a degree program, have astute research, analytical and writing skills, and enjoy working on a team. Students enrolled at other academic institutions may apply for all positions, but only students currently enrolled at Columbia University are eligible to receive payment if selected for a paid position. Candidates must commit to at least 10-15 hours per week for Spring or Fall internships unless otherwise indicated, 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.

If you are applying for a paid internship, please indicate if you are work-study eligible (preferred but not required).

Internship opportunities available for Summer 2024 (remote possible):

Paid internship: Assessing the Legal, Institutional, and Operational Roadblocks to Routine Flaring

CCSI is looking for a JD, LLM, SIPA, Climate School, or CBS student to support the Center’s work on developing a close assessment on why routine flaring is still continuing in a sample of jurisdictions. The routine flaring leads to abatable CO2 emissions as well as a waste of natural gas that could be used for domestic gas generation. This project will research practical barriers to implementing flare-reduction projects in the context of regions that flare significant volumes of gas. Knowledge or experience with the oil and gas sectors is desirable. French-reading and Arabic-reading skills are a plus. The internship will be part-time over the summerApplications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 1, 2024.

Internship opportunities available for Fall 2024 (remote possible):

Positions will be posted mid-late August 2024.

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: 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.

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.