Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

Editor's note:

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

March 01, 2021

1. Migrant Rights and Justice Policy Associate Job

The policy associate supports the Migrant Rights and Justice Program team in conducting research and advocacy to advance the Women’s Refugee Commission’s objectives to protect refugees by ensuring fair, safe, and humane access to asylum at the border and throughout the United States. Working with the senior director for migrant rights and justice and the Migrant Rights and Justice team, the associate will help organize and engage in federal and legislative advocacy, enhance collaborative asylum advocacy through existing and new partnerships with a variety of stakeholders, and help draft policy, communications, and other internal and external materials to support the policy and advocacy objectives of the Women’s Refugee Commission’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program. This is a 12-month position, with a possible extension.

Submission deadline: Until the position is filled. To learn more, go here. 

2. Social Sciences Research Associate at UT- Austin

The Decode Zika team is looking for an organized, experienced data analyst to join the project. The selected candidate will be located in the U.S., but join an energetic, fast-paced project split between the U.S. and Brazil that seeks to understand the effects of the zika virus and COVID-19 on reproductive and fertility behavior among women in Brazil. Competitive candidates will be familiar and comfortable with the demands and rigors of academic research in the social sciences while also being experienced with organizing, cleaning, and analyzing quantitative data.

To find out more, click here

3. Postdoctoral Scholar (Marteleto)– University of Texas at Austin

The Population Research Center (PRC) at the University of Texas at Austin seeks 1-2 full-time postdoctoral
scholars to work on inequalities on reproductive health and fertility within the NICHD-funded DeCodE
project. The PRC is an interdisciplinary research and training unit of The University of Texas at Austin (UT)
that provides infrastructure support services and project development support for a very productive,
interdisciplinary group of faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. This position will
be appointed in the PRC to work on the DeCodE project led by Principal Investigator Letícia Marteleto. The
post-doctoral associate will have the opportunity to join and integrate existing datasets on socio-demographic
and economic factors, reproductive health and fertility in Brazil collected before and during the pandemic as
well as administrative data to more completely assess the effects of public health crises on fertility and
reproductive health. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to engage in advanced research within the area
and participate fully in the research life of the research group and the PRC.

The expected start date of this position is set for August 02, 2021. The initial term of appointment is one
year, but reappointment for a second year is expected following a successful review. Applications will be
reviewed on a rolling basis beginning March 10, 2021.

For more information, click here. 

4. Call for Papers: Contraband Cultures in Latin America

The call is for an interdisciplinary online symposium organised by Dr. Jenny Cearns and Charles Beach at University College London, entitled ‘Contraband Cultures in Latin America’, and there are plans to discuss an edited volume as an output from the symposium. 

Submissions are through an online form (, and can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Any queries can be addressed to Dr Jennifer Cearns (

The deadline for submission is March 14 2021

5. Intensive Quechua Program

I am pleased to inform you that our FLAS-eligible, USED-approved Intensive Quechua Program, was successfully conducted online in the Summer of 2020 with 19 students from a dozen of North American Universities.  We were able to offer a fully online version of our Intensive Quechua 3-level courses, which we have been running for over 15 years in Cusco in coordination with the University of Michigan.

CENTRO TINKU is planning to continue with our Intensive Quechua Program online for 2021 with a Program scheduled to run from 21 June 2020 to 06 August 2021.

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6. Urban Studies Foundation

Applications are invited to the USF International Fellowship scheme for urban scholars from the Global South. The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the Global North or South for the purpose of writing-up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles and/or a book under the guidance of a chosen mentor in their field of study. Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months, and the proposed research may comprise any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the Global South.

Applicants must be early-to-mid career urban scholars with a PhD obtained within the preceding 10 years (by the submission deadline) who currently work in a university or other research institution within the Global South. 

For more information, click here.

The deadline for applications to this award is 30th April 2021 (23:59 GMT).

7. Student Volunteer Program

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) invites advanced undergraduate and graduate human rights students throughout Columbia to apply for an eight-week summer internship with alumni of the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) and the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Program (AHDA). Students selected to participate in the Student Volunteers Program (SVP) will receive a grant of $2,000 from ISHR.

SVP enables students to expand their own professional skills and human rights knowledge and experience through fieldwork with participating grassroots human rights organizations.

Due to COVID, SVP will take place remotely this upcoming summer.

For more information about the program, and how to apply, please access the following link: