Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

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This digest of job, internship, and volunteer opportunities for Columbia students is published weekly; each post is live for four weeks.

March 20, 2023

1. Brazil Initiation Scholarship | Bolsa de Iniciação ao Brasil

The Brazil Initiation Scholarship (BIS) is a key component of BRASA’s mission to support Brazilian Studies around the world and particular in the United States. BRASA invites applications from graduate students for a one-time travel scholarship of $3000 to do exploratory research in Brazil or in the US. One student based in the US and one student based in Brazil will be awarded. For US-based students the BIS should contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period of at least three weeks) to develop contacts with Brazil-based students and professors and initiate original research related to Brazil. For Brazil-based students the BIS should contribute to the student’s initial trip (two weeks minimum), to develop contacts with US-based students and professors and conduct research in support of a project focused on Brazil. Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards.

A Bolsa de Iniciação ao Brasil (BIS) é uma componente chave da agenda da BRASA para expandir os Estudos Brasileiros. A BRASA convida candidaturas de estudantes de pós-graduação para uma bolsa de viagem com o valor de $3000 para fazer investigação exploratória no Brasil ou nos EUA. Um estudante sediado nos EUA e um estudante sediado no Brasil serão premiados. Para estudantes sediados nos EUA, a bolsa procura contribuir para a viagem inicial do estudante (por um período de pelo menos três semanas) para desenvolver contatos com estudantes e professores sediados no Brasil e iniciar pesquisa original relacionada com o Brasil. Para estudantes sediados no Brasil a bolsa procura contribuir para a viagem inicial do estudante (por um período mínimo de duas semanas), para desenvolver contatos com estudantes e professores sediados nos EUA e realizar investigação em apoio a um projeto focado no Brasil. Os estudantes são encorajados a combinar esta bolsa de estudo com outras bolsas ou prêmios.

2. Council on Foreign Relations Summer Internships

CFR is recruiting for their summer 2023 Latin America Studies internship. The internship is paid, requires a 14-18 hour weekly commitment, and will be filled on a rolling basis. Interns can choose whether to work in a hybrid capacity or on a fully remote basis. The internship will start at the beginning of June and end in mid-August 2023, though start and end dates can be flexible.

Prospective applicants can refer to the Latin America Studies program page of the Council on Foreign Relations’ website. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply here.

3. Call for Papers

Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Homocultura

Brazilian Journal of Homoculture Studies

Deadline April 30th


Genders, Sexualities and Pop Culture

How has Pop Culture, in its close relationship with the market, produced for entertainment, often perceived as alienating, triggered issues of gender and sexuality? One way to answer this question is by looking at star system celebrities like Whitney, Cher, Madonna, Britney, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, pop divas adored by gay men, role models for cis and trans women, celebrated by the entertainment industry and appropriated by a legion of fans. Studies on Pop Culture are powerful places for debates on gender and sexuality as they bring up media pedagogies that are configured as symbolic material for the social fabric. Idols, fans, celebrities, media production systems and spheres of consumption and circulation emerge as observable and analyzable environments in investigations. This call for papers intends to receive contributions that address, among other issues, the triad of gender, sexuality and pop culture from “bastard” and intersectional readings, triggering theoretical contributions that dialogue with Queer Theory, Feminist and Decolonial Studies. Coordination: Larissa Pelúcio, Adriana Amaral, Thiago Soares.


LGBTQIA+ parenting: challenges and experiences

When we talk about parenting, we are certainly including experiences related to becoming a mother or a father, social categories laden with historical meanings, obviously crossed by gender, but also by class, race and generation, among many other dimensions. But the concept of parenting also refers to configurations beyond the gendered binary and it is possible to think of parenting relationships between grandparents and grandchildren, godparents and godchildren or even collectively organized, as in indigenous groups, extended families or community life. The experience of parenting among LGBTQIA+ people is part of these complex processes and involves different dimensions and faces. These experiences also bring up different forms of discrimination, exclusion and violence, especially when considering race and class conditions, the precarity of legal and health systems, regional inequalities, among other factors that increase vulnerabilities. This call for papers aims to reflect on these multiple forms of parenting and contribute to the debate on the subject. Coordination: Maria Regina Bortolini, Paulo Melgaço, Theo Brandon.


Pregnancy, abortion and parenting in trans masculinities

When we look at the field of sexual and reproductive health and parenting in trans masculinities, we are faced with a scenario of invisibility. Abortion, pregnancy and trans male parenting are not socially recognized as possible and, therefore, are not the focus of public health policies. This call for papers focuses on productions that shed light on these issues in the field of trans masculinities worldwide. Organized through a partnership between the Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Homocultura and the Revista Estudos Transviades, we invite researchers to submit papers that cover transmasculine experiences of pregnancy, abortion, parenting and family relationships. Recognizing the numerous dynamics of exclusion and inequalities that cross the academic universe and aiming to democratize access to publication in scientific journals, as an affirmative policy this dossier will ONLY receive submissions authored by trans men and transmasculine people. People not belonging to these groups can sign as co-authors. Coordination: Cello Latini Pfeil, Bruno Latini Pfeil, Leonardo Morjan Britto Peçanha, Tharcilo Luiz da Silva Hentzy.


Papers resulting from empirical research, reviews, essays, experience reports and artistic works may be submitted, following the norms provided for each session. Documents can be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Contributions must be original, consistent with the editorial scope of the journal, unpublished and must not be under review for publication by another journal. All papers are submitted to peer review. Documents must be submitted on the journal’s website (, in accordance with editorial standards, by April 30, 2023.


About the journal

Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Homocultura is edited by the Brazilian Association of Trans-Homoculture Studies (ABETH) and aims to publish papers, interviews, documents, reviews, artistic works, essays, experience reports and thematic dossiers that address the studies on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and diversities that intersect the social markers of difference and positions contrary to the norm. The Editorial Board is composed of representatives of the most prestigious Brazilian universities, in addition to researchers linked to the University of Pittsburgh, CUNY and Joint Research Center - European Commission.


Contact us: [email protected]

ISSN: 2595-3206

DOI: 10.31560

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4. Digital Publication Intern

Youth in a Changing World (YCW) is a signature research project of the Committee on Global Thought that seeks to understand the experiences of global youth coming of age in a time of rapid and unsettling
change. We are seeking a Digital Publication Intern to assist with the final stages of development of a website that will communicate the findings of youth workshops held between 2018 and 2021. The Digital Publication Intern should be an undergraduate or Master’s degree candidate at Columbia University. The Intern will work approximately ten hours per week during the summer, with the possibility of continuing into the fall 2023 semester. Work can be conducted remotely. Compensation will be $20 per hour.

Under the supervision of the YCW project PI, the Digital Publication Intern will:

  • Work within the existing WordPress site to add and edit content in consultation with the project PI
  • Work with Columbia University Libraries to sustainably and accessibly digitize and store research data
  • Oversee the digitization of research materials using CGT staff or outside vendors
  • Write site content as required
  • Be available for weekly meetings with the project PI.
  • Complete additional tasks as assigned

Desired skills:

  • Interest in the findings and goals of the Youth in a Changing World project
  • Experience in web design and content management, especially for academic institutions/projects
  • Knowledge of WordPress, Elementor, and/or similar web-building tools
  • Knowledge of graphic design and photo editing, Adobe Creative Suite or Canva experience preferred
  • Knowledge of HTML/CSS preferred
  • Ability to write and edit engaging copy that is easily understood by general audiences
  • Well-organized with the ability to work independently, establish deadlines, and meet deliverables
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines
  • Experience in digital humanities projects a plus

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Sophia Sumaray at [email protected] by Monday, April 10 at 12:00 p.m.