Paid internship opportunity – AC4 at The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Problem-solving in the Arab World:  Constructive Engagement and Action

As part of a series of initiatives intended to share ideas, perspectives, approaches and challenges to building prosperous societies in the Arab world and beyond, the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation Conflict and Complexity (AC4) at Columbia University has been working on a series of initiatives around Problem-solving in The Arab World to increase collaboration and research in the area, as well as to contribute to the growth of theory and practice on constructive engagement in the region. In 2005, colleagues working in conflict resolution and peace-building through national and international non-governmental organizations in Arabic-speaking countries (Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine, Syria), expressed an urgent need to have science-based resources on constructive engagement made available in Arabic. Soon after, we began to organize to meet this need by obtaining the Arabic-language rights for our Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, a book edited by our Co-Director, Dr. Peter T. Coleman, Professor and the Director of the ICCCR, and Eric Marcus, faculty at the ICCCR and MS program in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Since then, we have completed the process of translating the book into Arabic, and are eager to promote collaboration and research in this area.

Anticipated Intern Tasks:

– Research Assistance

– Create a database of organizations working on Conflict Resolution in Arabic speaking countries from academic, educations, and practice oriented perspectives

– Lead outreach efforts to promote the distribution of the Arabic version of the Handbook and other CU Conflict Resolution resources

– Assist in the preparation of funding proposals

– Work on web content management and development including social media marketing and promotional campaigns as well as drafting press releases, blog posts, and others as needed

– Administrative support

– Maintain direct contact with personnel from the organizations and university departments associated with the initiative

– Coordinate services including scheduling conference calls, placing catering orders, preparing meeting materials and maintaining any necessary records

Skills Required:  Academic and/or work experience in the field of Conflict Resolution; Working knowledge of Arabic preferred; Some experience in web content management and development is preferred;  Ability to work independently;  Capacity to accept feedback constructively;  High tolerance for ambiguity.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to Kyong Mazzaro at kmazzaro(at)ei.columbia.edu