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April 2, 2017

Weekly Events
April 3 - 14

Announcement In This Issue

Rapid Expert Assistance and Cooperation Teams (REACT) Training Program
Tamer Center Summer Fellowship Program Application Round 2 Opened April 1
NYC Career Series Schedule
Panel Coordinators Wanted - Apply by April 3
Help for the Helpers: Building Resilience for Students Participating in International Fieldwork
GoGovernment Webinars
Summer Internships: Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, and Violence Prevention
International Fellows Program
Dubai Business Internships
Reminder: Spring 2017 Internship Paperwork Reporting Requirements
Summer 2017 Internship Funding Opportunities
MTA New York City Transit Internship-Mentorship Opportunities/Summer Internships Available - Apply Now

Student Resources
Career Opportunities 
Online Databases and Paid Subscriptions
Share Your Offer/Acceptance Information with OCS
Walk-In Hours
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

NYC Career Series Panel Coordinator Applications DUE!

Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Information Session
IAB, Room 410

NYC Career Series: Education Policy
IAB, Room 1512

Help for the Helper: Building Resilience for Students Participating in International Fieldwork Workshop
IAB, Room 420

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) Information Session
IAB, Room 410

Writing Federal Resumes Webinar

NYPD Intelligence Bureau and Counterterrorism Bureau Information Session
IAB, Room 410
10 11 12

SIPASA Representative Hour
IAB, Room 420

Security Clearances 101 Webinar
13 14
Rapid Expert Assistance and Cooperation Teams (REACT) Training Program

Helsinki España, a NGO working for the defense of human rights, coordinates REACT, a six-week training programme on international peace operations intended for professionals interested in improving their knowledge of all aspects affecting a peace mission, including cross-cutting issues such as Human Rights, IHL, gender in operations, and protection of civilians. The teaching staff are trainers and experts from international organizations, including the UN, OSCE and NATO; diplomats and civil servants; military personnel; police officers; experts from the ICRC and humanitarian NGOs; independent consultants; and university professors.
The REACT [Rapid Expert Assistance and Cooperation Teams] course trains students in three aspects: conflict prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation. Students review and analyse the main threats to international peace and security, consider the contexts in which conflicts arise, the key actors and the impact of conflicts on civilians. They also explore the mechanisms of international organizations for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts as well as for the protection of civilians and perhaps most importantly the course strengthens the capacity and confidence of participants to cope with and work in hostile environments.The course has prepared international experts for their work in peace operations led by the UN, OSCE, EU and other regional organizations.
As part of the course, students undertake the Hostile Environment Awareness Training course. An intensive 40-hour course that aims at training professionals to effectively deal with multiple threats present in hostile field environments. This training programme is certified by ENTRi (Europe´s New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management) and conducted by the Guardia Civil at its Centre for Special Training. 
Substantial scholarships are available. *Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis beyond the previous deadline so apply ASAP*. Students can apply here and send queries to

Need more information? Check out these resources below:
Tamer Center Summer Fellowship Program Application Round 2 Opened April 1

Don't wait until the last deadline!

The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise provides support to undergraduate/graduate students engaged in summer internships with social and environmental value.  You may be eligible to apply if:
  • You are a non-graduating student (currently in year 1 or 2 of a graduate program or an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior)
  • You will be working at a social venture or a social or environmental entrepreneurship-focused organization which is less than 7 years old
  • Your internship will be at least 6 weeks long, full-time, and concluding on or about August 31
For complete guidelines, please visit our website at:

If you have questions about the eligibility of your organizations or any other concerns, please contact us at:

NYC Career Series Schedule

Below is the spring 2017 schedule for the NYC Career Series.  The spring series focuses on public sector and nonprofit industries because the majority of their hiring takes place during this time.  Conversely, private sector panels are held during the fall semester.  Panelists include a mix of SIPA alumni and other professionals working for a variety of companies based in the NYC metro area.  For more information about these career panels, or to register to attend, please log on to SIPAlink.

Education Policy
Monday, April 3 from 6:00pm-8:00pm in IAB, Room 1512
Panelists will include:
Ayawa Fiagbedz (SIPA) | Consultant, Office of Research and Data | NYC Department of Education
Marouh Hussein (SIPA)​ |  Program Associate | Global Cities, Inc.
Carly Roberts (SIPA) | Program Associate, Education | Overdeck Family Foundation

Interested in becoming a Panel Coordinator for Fall 2017?  Please see below for details!

Panel Coordinators Wanted - Apply by April 3

Help for the Helpers: Building Resilience for Students Participating in International Fieldwork

GoGovernment Webinars

GoGovernment webinars are designed for job seekers to learn about the federal hiring process and also hear about how the following fields are represented in government: National Security and International Relations, STEM and Public Health, and Cyber and IT. The confirmed panelists include:
  • Summer Alsuradi, Immigration Officer at the Department of Homeland Security
  • Danielle Wood, Applied Sciences Manager at NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Brenda Nickel an IT Specialist at the U.S. Coast Guard
Webinars will be held on the following dates:
  • Writing Federal Resumes: Wednesday, April 5 from 2:00pm-3:00pm
  • Security Clearances 101: Wednesday, April 12 from 2:00pm-3:00pm
This would be a great opportunity to hear about the opportunities that exist in government and how to navigate the hiring process. Further, if the dates conflict with your schedule, please note you will receive the recordings of all the webinars your register for.
If you are interested in registering, click here!

Summer Internships: Peacebuilding, Conflict Resolution, and Violence Prevention

Below you will find a table with summer internships from various organizations working in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and violence prevention. We are conducting a resume collection on behalf of the organizations. The deadline to apply is April 5th  2017, if interested submit your resume and cover letter as soon as possible. SIPAlink posting details below:
Job ID Internship Title SIPAlink URL
68107 Internews (Regional Office, Bangkok) Internship
68108 Internews (Sri Lanka Office) Internship
68110 Internews (Myanmar Office) Internship
68177 Fochi Internship
68179 Regional Office for West & Central Africa Internship
68185 Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Internship
68189 Project Harmony Israel Internship
68190 Belun Conflict Resolution Internship
68201 UN Women Timor-Leste Internship
International Fellows Program

The International Fellows Program is a two-semester seminar open to students of all graduate degree programs at Columbia University.  The diverse perspectives and professional backgrounds that fellows bring to the program enrich their year-long common enterprise.
All fellows receive a stipend and study a curriculum with two goals – to examine the origins of the current international order, in which the United States has for decades played the leading role, and to look ahead to the new world that will eventually take its place, dominated by a larger number of actors, new problems, and approaches to problem solving that have yet to be defined. Weekly meetings of the International Fellows Program are supplemented by study trips to Washington, DC and the United Nations, where fellows have extraordinary access to senior policymakers, diplomats, legislators, journalists, and leaders of non governmental organizations.
Application Deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Click "application form" at this link to apply:


Dubai Business Internships

Run under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai Business Internships (DBI) offers outstanding graduates from the United States, China, Kazakhstan and Russia a fully-funded management training programme which is an unrivalled opportunity to study and do business in Dubai, a dynamic and multicultural hub for global commerce, and to develop as cultural ambassadors and business leaders of the future.

The ten-month programme will start at the end of August 2017. Participants will receive academic and management training and build their skill-sets through an internship with one of Dubai’s home-grown global leaders in a sector central to its economy, including trade, tourism, finance and logistics.

To apply for DBI, visit Application deadline: April 14, 2017 (earlier encouraged).  To learn more, click here.

Reminder: Spring 2017 Internship Paperwork Reporting Requirements

Internships are an integral part of the student experience at SIPA.  While matriculated within their MPA or MIA degree program, students are required to complete at least 120 hours of an internship along with submitting completed paperwork as part of their academic coursework.

Students may also choose to complete the internship requirement with no credit (no course registration required), or they may choose to register for: U9013 course section 001 for 1.5 credits (for 120+ internship hours) or U9013 course section 002 for 3 credits (for 240+ internship hours).  The internship must be related to the student's concentration/specialization, as well as it must include professional, substantive work.  Lastly, the internship may not be conducted in a family-owned organization/business.  For full details, please review all sections of the Internship Requirement page here.  Information regarding the required paperwork can also be found at the same link under the "Required Paperwork" section.

The deadline for all paperwork (the student's Internship Report, the Internship Employer Information Form to be completed by the student, and the Supervisor Evaluation Survey) for Spring 2017 internships is *April 15, 2017.

*However, students graduating as of May 2017 should submit their paperwork before the April 15 deadline, so that they may be certified in time for graduation upon review of their internship information.

PLEASE NOTE: International students should be aware of special regulations when seeking paid internships in the United States.  Please review the International Student Work Authorization section of the OCS website here.

Summer 2017 Internship Funding Opportunities

Looking for funding for your summer internship?  Returning students in most SIPA programs may be able to receive specific grants/fellowships or even awards from other Columbia institutes or external organizations if the internship is also a degree requirement.  Below is a short list of the SIPA funding opportunities, plus you can review a full list of opportunities and eligibility requirements via SIPAlink and the OCS website here.  Best of luck for a successful summer!


?  Minimal eligibility requirements based on academic program and internship.

?  Search in SIPAlink using Job ID: 66761 for full eligibility details.

?  Application has two steps which must be completed by May 3, 2017 deadline:
?  Non-competitive grant which means most applicants will qualify.


MTA New York City Transit Internship-Mentorship Opportunities/Summer Internships Available - Apply Now
MTA New York City Transit has paid and unpaid internship-mentorship opportunities for graduate students available this coming summer and all throughout the year. These programs are open to not only U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but also international students. Deadlines vary by position and students are encouraged to apply early to ensure consideration.
MTA New York City Transit established their Internship Program in 1981 and currently has a partnership with more than 200 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Internships include paid and unpaid projects. The program has been a success for New York City Transit, colleges, universities and students. A minimum of 170 students participate in the program during the school year and more during the summer. Since the program’s inception, a considerable number of participants have been hired for full-time positions after graduation.
MTA New York City Transit project managers have a variety of skills that they want to share. Students can gain hands-on experience in these areas:

• Accounting
• Architecture
• Business Administration
• Communications: Broadcast Journalism; Television; Video; Film Production
• Computer Science: Information Technology, Telecommunications
• Criminal Justice
• Engineering: Electrical, Mechanical, Environmental, Civil/Structural, Chemical, Systems
• Finance
• Graphics
• Human Resources
• Journalism
• Labor Relations
• Law
• Marketing
• Psychology
• Public Administration
• Transportation Management
• Urban Transportation Planning
For more information and program overview search for SIPAlink Job ID: 67423.
Please note, deadlines vary by position. Please apply early to ensure consideration.
To search and view all current eligible internship positions, students must take the following steps to gain access to the MTA Internship-Mentorship Program Database.
1. Submit the following information to via an email with subject “Your Name” MTA-NYCT INTERNSHIP APPLICATION.
-Full name
-Phone number
-E-mail address
-Number of credits earned
-Grade level (Graduate Student)
-Expected graduation date
-Available hours
-Residency status
-Unofficial transcript
-Course schedule
-Valid I-20 for international students
2. OCS will submit your information into the MTA system. You will receive an email with a user ID and log-in information within 48 hours. The log-in information will remain active for 30 days. With it, you will be able to access paid and unpaid projects for which you are eligible.
3. Use your log-in information to apply for internships on the MTA-NYCT Internship homepage. Internships are listed under "Current Projects and Positions".

Career Opportunities

Each week, OCS compiles a list of new job postings from SIPAlink. Please click below to view the Excel spreadsheet and click on the tabs on the bottom of the sheet to view the list of Full-time Jobs, Internships, and Other Employment. You can find these jobs on SIPAlink by entering the Job ID. SIPAlink has hundreds of available opportunities. Please be sure to check both under Full-time and Internship Postings and On-Campus Interviews when doing a search. Please note that only new positions are listed here. For a comprehensive list of open positions, please visit SIPAlink.

Full-time Jobs and Internship Opportunities

Online Databases and Paid Subscriptions 

In addition to over 6,900 jobs that OCS posts every year, OCS also pays for subscriptions to online publications to assist you with your internship and full-time job search.

Latest publication information and updated subscription passwords

Share Your Offer/Acceptance Information with OCS

Please share your offer/acceptance information with OCS by emailing us at We'd love to hear from you!

Updates from the Employer Relations Team
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - A May 2017 graduate accepted a position as Operations Research Analyst in the Research, Applied Analytics, and Statistics Division.

Walk-In Hours

Need career advice? Stop by the Office of Career Services for Walk-In Hours!

Walk-in advisement hours are available five days per week. Fifteen-minute advisement sessions are available on a first-come, first-served basis during the above listed times. 
Please sign-in at the OCS front desk upon arrival for walk-in advice.

The schedule is: 

  • Monday - Thursday, 1:00-2:00pm, 4:00-5:00pm
  • Friday, 1:00-2:00pm, 3:00-4:00pm
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