Climate School internship opportunities for summer 2023

Application deadline: Monday, 24 April 2023 at 11:30 pm ET.

The Climate School is offering internship opportunities for diverse administrative, communications and research roles with sustainability-related projects. Current full-time Columbia and Barnard students (undergraduate, graduate, and PhD) are eligible to apply. 

Summer 2023 internships are paid at a rate of $21.50/hour. The maximum possible funding is for 260 hours (or 20 hours/week for 13 weeks) and the internship period runs June 1 – August 31. Students must be available to start on or around June 1.

To apply, visit the application here.

Developing Web and Social Media Content Showcasing Projects on Socio-economic Vulnerabilities of Coastal Communities to Climate Change

Student Type Desired: Undergraduate, graduate

Department/Program: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Project Objectives: Our lab has three ongoing projects focused on assessing the socio-economic vulnerabilities of coastal communities to ocean ecosystem changes being brought about by global warming and human activities. Specifically, these projects are geared toward understanding both the short-term and long-term impacts of oceanic warming, coastal eutrophication, hypoxia and ocean acidification on planktonic life at the bottom of the food chain and the startling impacts on the food web and the consequences for the livelihoods and socio-economic well being of coastal communities. These projects span a broad range of geographical locations in Asia, Middle East, Africa and the U.S. East Coast, each beset with unique climate-related problems. Presently our social media presence is limited to scientific findings and tailored for specialists. What we seek is a complete update and revamp of our website and its content, to better represent the societal aspects of our work and to appeal to a broader audience that includes non-specialists. We are also keen to showcase our community activities, our long-standing efforts to provide internship opportunities to high school students, especially women and those from socio-economically disadvantaged and under-represented minority communities.

Anticipated Tasks: Our group has been involved in several projects that cover how the warming trend in the north Atlantic Ocean is causing the northward migration of New England’s lobster populations, how outbreaks of algal blooms due to the spread of hypoxia and ocean acidification are impacting coastal ocean food webs and marine biodiversity. Despite the societal relevance of these projects, we have not been able to showcase how our ongoing contributions closely align with President Bolinger’s ‘Fourth Purpose’ of universities — on advancing the use of knowledge gained at universities to advance human welfare and bring about meaningful change. We seek an intern who is artistic and creative, capable of using numerous photographs and video content from our field activities and developing content that showcases the societal relevance of our work. Since these projects are also multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary, students will have the opportunity to interact with a broad range of experts and stakeholders both within and outside of the U.S.

Skills Required: We seek a student who is curious to learn and communicate the broad range of research being done in our lab to a wider audience, in particular non-specialists. The student’s task include 1) producing web and social media content that builds on tools available at Climate School; 2) Collect and upload news articles and multimedia relevant to this planktonic species and its disruption of the marine food chain; 3) Upload photographs and videos from our field work with easy-to-understand narrative; 4) Interview collaborators, students and interns and showcase their work; 5) Possibly create small animated educational videos.This project seeks a compassionate person who understands the food, water and livelihood insecurities faced by millions across our globe due to climate change.

State of the Planet (Columbia Climate School), 10 April 2023. More information.

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