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Internal Opportunities: There are lab and office-related positions available at Columbia University and the information below can help guide you to the appropriate resource:

  1. Check the Research Labs page to see if there is a specific lab or office where you would like to apply.
  2. Inquires should be addressed to individual faculty members whose research areas are of particular interest to you.
  3. Inquiries from Columbia undergraduates regarding work-study positions can be directed to the or directly to faculty
  4. You must be a Columbia student eligible for Federal Work Study in order to be hired for work-study positions but you do not have to be a Psychology major to apply for work-study positions in the Psychology Department.
  5. Applicants please make sure to supply the following information:
    • Name
    • Expected graduation date
    • School/Major
    • Skills offered
    • References
    • Faculty member name whose research is of interest to you
    • Available hours
    • Areas of interest within psychology
External Opportunities: Are sent directly to our faculty members who will circulate the opportunity at their discretion. Electronic submission to of a printable advertisement flyer (see example) which can be posted on a campus bulletin board is also acceptable. If your company offers frequent Psychology-related internships, please contact us so we can add your company name and contact information to the alphabetical lists on our Internships links.

Research Scientist Positions

Associate Research Scientist

The Columbia University Department of Psychology invites applications for an Associate Research Scientist in neuroscience to begin March 1, 2015. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. and the established ability to do research and perform at a high professional level.

This position is with the group headed by Dr. Woolley studying the neural basis and behavior of social communication. The Associate Research Scientist will collaborate on several projects studying the vocal learning, singing behavior and neural coding of learned song in auditory cortex of multiple estrildids.

Please see the online listing here for further information and to submit your application.

Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2015, and will continue until position is filled.

Posted on January 28, 2015

Research Assistant Positions

Pediatric Research Assistant

The Nurture Science Program at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY is seeking highly motivated research assistants. A minimum commitment of 2 years is required, with a start date in May or June of 2015.

This position is ideal for recent graduates who are interested gaining research experience before going on to medical or graduate school. The work involves assisting in the setup and management of multiple hospital, NICU-based and clinic-based clinical trials.

We are testing the efficacy of a Family Nurture Intervention, a nurture-based therapy aimed at overcoming the emotional, behavioral and social deficits of preterm infants. We are also exploring the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie mother and infant co-regulation. The work includes recruitment and tracking of subjects, data collection (including EEG and ECG data), scheduling and conducting follow-up visits, and IRB protocol submission and modifications. Excellent organizational, communication and analytical skills are required.

If interested, please email Meeka Halperin at with a resume/cv and cover letter, or any questions.

Posted on January 21, 2015

Internship and Volunteer Positions

Columbia Business School 2015 Summer Research Internship Program

Columbia Business School is seeking outstanding applications for the 2015 Summer Research Internship Program. This highly selective program provides an intellectually stimulating environment and exposes students to the world of business research.

Under the guidance of Columbia Business School’s leading faculty, interns will take an active role on a research project in one of the following areas: finance, economics, marketing, management, decision sciences, operations, accounting, and data analytics. This is a multi-disciplinary program and candidates from all backgrounds, including business, statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, the physical sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences are encouraged to apply.

Prospective interns must have the following qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for research and intellectual curiosity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of statistics and/or economics
  • Strong programming skills are needed for most projects
    • Familiarity with statistical and computational software packages (such as Matlab, R, STATA), scripting languages such as Python, or general programming languages
  • Behavioral projects require knowledge of SPSS and may require knowledge of a scripting language such as Python

The internship program is designed for students in the junior year of their undergraduate program, but exceptional sophomores and students enrolled in Master’s programs may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The program runs from May 31, 2015 – August 1, 2015. On-campus housing and a stipend will be provided.

To apply, please fill out the application form here. The Application Deadline is 11:59pm EST on March 1, 2015. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application process is highly competitive, only qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Posted on January 16, 2015

Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute/Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group, Unpaid Internship:

  • The internship program will entail working on multiple aspects of our ongoing research projects, including recruitment, interviews and data collection, maintenance of research data and administrative support.
  • The internship position also provides an opportunity to become involved in other research projects in CPEG, with the potential to collaborate on scholarly work.
  • Please email your resume and availability to
    • Ms. Thao Doan at
    • Child Psychiatric Epidemiology Group
      Fax: 212-781-6050
      Columbia University-NYSPI
      Department of Child Psychiatry
      1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 43
      Room 5219
      New York, NY 10032
Posted on May 5, 2014

Miscellaneous Positions

Nightline Barnard-Columbia Peer Counseling Referrals
  • Nightline is Columbia and Barnard's anonymous, nonjudgmental peer counseling hotline available to help get students through the night.
  • Nightline supports its callers by providing both a listening and referral service.
  • Nightline counselors are trained Barnard and Columbia undergraduate students.
  • Information sessions for training are held at the beginning of each semester.
  • Anyone interested in volunteering for Nightline should contact Nightline directors at .

Work-Study Positions 2015-2016 

Currently Enrolled Columbia Students with a Federal Work Study Grant May Apply

Prof. Herbert Terrace, Psychology Department

Job Description: I'm looking for student who can assist me on a book I'm writing on the evolution of language. The work entails word-processing, library research (mostly on the web) and filing. Hours to be arranged. The student would work in my outer office.

Contact: Prof. Terrace (