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.

April 26, 2021

1. 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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2. 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).

3. 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:


4. Las cosas tienen vida

Every Tuesday, hosts, José Araneda of Scuola Normale di Pisa and Kate Mills of Harvard University, will explore the many lives of Latin American art objects across history. In each episode we will focus specifically on a singular object manufactured approximately between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries with the investigator who has chosen this object for discussion. Our goal is to uncover both the histories told about these objects and the new approaches employed by current art historians to study them. 

Come join us as we learn about diverse objects from the Cruz de la Conquista in Cuzco, Peru, an indigenous land map in San Miguel Tepetlapa, Mexico to the various representations of a Peruvian anteater’s tongue. All the podcast episodes can be found on Spotify here and more information can be found at our Instagram page @lascosastienenvida.