2017 High School Intern Program

The Center for Climate and Life at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University offers a summer internship opportunities for high school students interested in gaining hands-on Earth science research experience.

Lab WorkLocated in Palisades, NY, just 30 minutes north of Manhattan, Lamont has a bucolic 160-acre campus above the Hudson River. With over 500 staff, Lamont scientists conduct fundamental Earth science research from the inner core to the outer reaches of the atmosphere on subjects that include climate change, oceanography, geochemistry, ocean and life sciences, marine genomics, tree ring research, seismology, and geophysics.

High school interns work in small groups of two to four on research topics designed and led by Lamont scientists. Students gain hands-on experience in real research labs and will learn how to read research papers, perform measurements, collect and present data, and give presentations. Meet our 2016 interns and learn about their research.

Internship Details and Eligibility: There are no formal application prerequisites but some demonstrated interest or experience in Earth science research is preferred. Students are expected to work collaboratively in small groups, read scientific papers, participate in discussion groups, work independently and reliably, and demonstrate a high degree of maturity and responsibility.

The work can be intellectually demanding, and laboratory work can be tedious and must be conducted with great attention to detail. Interns must complete readings and share updates each week, and at the end of the summer, each team will produce a science poster and a draft of a research article on their project. There is no cost to participate in the program.

Program Dates and Duration: Internships are four weeks long, full time, with students arriving Tuesday, July 5 and completing their internships by Wednesday, August 2. Students must be able to attend the full program.

Hours: The program runs Monday through Friday, typically 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A free shuttle bus transports students to and from the main Columbia University campus.

Application Procedure: Download the 2017 Climate and Life HS Program Application.

Applications must be submitted by email to Cassie Xu [cassie@ei.columbia.edu] by April 14, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Support the Summer Intern Program

Fieldston StudentsWe are committed to providing training for young people to become science enthusiasts and stewards of the planet. We rely on an extraordinary community of donors to accomplish this mission and sustain our summer internship program.

Your support enables us to:

  • Provide students with hands-on, technology-rich, science learning experiences
  • Raise students’ aspirations and cultivate skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration
  • Equip students with the knowledge necessary to pursue careers in a STEM field

We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters. Your generosity ensures that we can continue to inspire curiosity and cultivate science literacy in young learners

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