Download the RA Application (PDF)

Research Assistants (RAs) at the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) are given a wide range of assignments, including: conducting research, providing operational support, attending meetings, and writing memos on a variety of energy, economic, geopolitical and environmental issues. 

RAs have the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking projects, working closely with Center staff, Fellows, faculty, and external experts. The pace in the office is fast, so accuracy and attention to detail are absolute requirements. RAs can expect to begin with the basics and gradually add more specialized projects as they gain experience.


  • Currently pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree. Note: applicants are not required to be enrolled in a Columbia University program, but must be able to travel to campus for their scheduled hours
  • Highly motivated, engaged, and quickly responsive to work-related requests
  • Willing to contribute where needed across a range of responsibilities
  • Have the ability to work independently while incorporating continual feedback and guidance.

Additionally, candidates should have:

  • Experience and facility with energy policy and data from major sources (e.g., International Energy Agency, Energy Information Administration, JODI databases, as well as bank reports, Bloomberg, Reuters Eikon, etc.) 
  • Excellent written communications skills, including ability to develop PowerPoint presentations and master Excel to create effective graphs/charts
  • Relevant classroom or professional experience
  • Superior organizational skills and a high level of professional maturity

Time & Compensation

We prefer candidates who can work 35 hours/weekover the summer but will consider those who cannot. RA positions start at $12/hr. 

Application Materials

In addition to the RA application form, the following documents will be required (see application for more information): 

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Work sample
  • Names and contact information of three professional or academic references

Application Deadlines

Deadline for Summer 2017 term is April 30, 2017. However, positions may be filled on a rolling basis so early applications are encouraged. 

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer; applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.


Please email energypolicy@columbia.edu with any questions. 


Download the RA Application (PDF)