The Earth Institute, Columbia University is offering undergraduate students with research assistant opportunities during the Fall 2018 semester. Undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard will be able to serve as research assistants on research projects related to sustainable development and the environment with distinguished faculty and researchers at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field.

While research assistantships at Columbia are generally awarded to graduate students, this program instead aims to present undergraduates with a unique opportunity to be involved in research at a high level and to gain valuable experience and skills for their future academic and professional careers. Relevant research projects will be led by faculty, and the admissions committee will match students with projects based on their interests and abilities.

Successful applicants will work directly with faculty on these projects on a part-time basis. Beginning in Fall 2018, research assistantships are funded at a rate of $16 per hour for up to 10 hours a week for 12 weeks (a maximum of 120 hours during the semester).

Please contact Cari Shimkus at with any questions. 

The deadline to apply is September 10, 2018 at 11:55pm.

Personal Information

Are you currently an undergraduate student? *
*Please note EI research assistantships are only open to undergraduates
Are you eligible for Federal Work Study? *
Are you legally authorized to work in the United States? *
Do you currently hold a student visa? *
Do you currently work for or hold an appointment at another department or school at Columbia University? *


Days Available *

Additional Skills

All students who are awarded a research assistantship through the Earth Institute are requested to participate in the Spring Student Research Showcase.  Please indicate your acceptance to participate in the research showcase by clicking yes below. *