Student Employment

Join our team!

Be a valuable part of Columbia Health programs, services, and initiatives. We have opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, including work-study.

Go Ask Alice! writers translate complex medical and health information to engaging, readable, smart prose suitable for undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia. Writing is in a question and answer format. Using research provided, writers craft responses to health questions that have been submitted anonymously to the Go Ask Alice! website.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Use research provided to write new answers or update existing answers for the Go Ask Alice! website.
  • Gather, review, and organize supplementary research and information from reputable medical and scientific literature, websites, and other sources to be used for Go Ask Alice! website content, as needed.
  • Submit at least one to two responses per week.
  • Edit or revise submitted answers as requested.
  • Participate in Go Ask Alice! staff meetings as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned, which will include, but is not limited to, participation in professional development workshops, supporting unit-wide events and initiatives, and attendance at all-Alice! staff meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrollment in a graduate program at Columbia University or affiliates.
  • Must have strong research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to translate complex concepts into everyday language, especially health-related concepts.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Familiarity with health and science and ability to work with sensitive health-related content is preferred.
  • Have a solid knowledge base in at least one of Go Ask Alice!’s main topic areas: alcohol/drugs, fitness/nutrition, emotional health, sexuality/sexual health, relationships, general health (writers work on all health topics, but expertise in at least one area is desirable).

Time Commitment

The selected students must be available to work five hours per week. Work is done remotely.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (one conversational and one technical, each about 300 words) to alice@columbia.edu. 

Information specialists will be tasked with gathering facts, resources, and the latest research findings to inform content for Go Ask Alice!, Columbia’s health Q&A Internet resource. They will submit comprehensive research documents that Go Ask Alice! writers use when writing responses for publication.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Gather, review, and organize information from reputable medical and scientific literature, websites, and other sources to be used for Go Ask Alice! website content.
  • Record researched information as detailed reports to be used by writers to prepare new or update existing answers for the Go Ask Alice! website.
  • Consult by phone or e-mail with medical providers and health professionals while researching.
  • As requested, review and offer feedback on answers based on research prior to live posting on the Go Ask Alice! website.
  • Assist with the site’s overall production.
  • Perform basic clerical and administrative tasks, including typing, filing, sorting mail, answering telephones, running errands, and greeting and directing visitors, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned, which will include, but is not limited to, participation in professional development workshops, supporting unit-wide events and initiatives, and attendance at all-Alice! staff meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Enrollment in an undergraduate program at Columbia University or affiliates.
  • Must have strong research skills.
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to translate complex concepts into everyday language.
  • Familiarity with health and science and able to work with sensitive health-related content.
  • Ability to manage time effectively.

Time Commitment

The selected students must be available to work 10 hours per week (Monday through Friday), preferably between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm (Eastern).

Consistent with public health measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, and to protect students and staff members, Alice! Health Promotion has temporarily moved to a virtual service delivery/ remote working model (via phone/Zoom) for the time-being. As changes to operations evolve over time, we will work with the incumbent in this role to ensure safety and capacity are top priorities in any transition from remote to an on-campus work environment in the future.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to alice@columbia.edu with the position title as the subject line. 

The Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist will facilitate alcohol and drug related primary and secondary interventions with undergraduate and graduate students and assist with other related prevention initiatives.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor and assist with maintenance of online web-based platforms used to assist in administering Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students (BASICS); including updating training materials.
  • Attend and participate in regularly scheduled BASICS team meetings.
  •  Assist professional staff with substance misuse/abuse prevention initiatives and communication outreach, including, but not limited to New Student Orientation Programs, Bacchanal, and Responsible Community @ Columbia (RC@C).
  •  Assist with BASICS and other related report writing, data tracking, evaluation, and metrics.
  • Assist with the production of Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University’s health Q&A internet resource, including reviewing submitted questions.
  • Serve on task forces and committees as assigned.
  • Perform basic clerical and administrative tasks as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in health education, psychology, social work, or other closely related field.
  • Full-time enrollment in a graduate health or closely-related program at Columbia University or affiliate.
  • Excellent communication skills required.
  • Must be detail-oriented with strong organizational, follow-up, and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on projects. Familiar with web-based programs.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with college-aged populations and/or with substance abuse-related issues preferred.
  • Knowledge of principles of Motivational Interviewing preferred.
  • Experience with client management software and CMS systems preferred.
Time Commitment

Approximately 20 hours per week, some evening or weekend work may be required.

Consistent with public health measures to minimize the spread of the coronavirus, and to protect students and staff members, Alice! Health Promotion has temporarily moved to a virtual service delivery/ remote working model (via phone/Zoom) for the time-being. As changes to operations evolve over time, we will work with the incumbent in this role to ensure safety and capacity are top priorities in any transition from remote to an on-campus work environment in the future.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to alice@columbia.edu with the position title as the subject line. 

Responsibilities

  • Provides administrative support for the department's coordination of disability accommodations, including exam accommodations, proctoring services, and note-taking services
  • Process forms and disability documentation with accuracy and completeness; computes, enters and verifies data; scans and uploads documentation to student database and files paperwork
  • Prepares or maintains reports or records and other statistical or quantitative data
  • Answer phones and direct students appropriately
  • Assists in the preparation of the testing room; monitors exams for students with disabilities and ensure proper implementation and integrity of testing activity.

General Information

  • Pay rate is $20 per hour
  • Must be available a minimum of 20 hours weekly
  • The ability to multitask and carry-out careful and detailed tasks, to adapt to a fast-paced environment, and to provide a high level of customer service are all integral aspects of the roles
  • Proficient computing skills are required to provide support regarding the administrative aspects of the of office
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly organized and is able to pay close attention to detail
  • Must be available for August 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, this includes final exams week (Refer to academic calendar:  http://registrar.columbia.edu/event/academic-calendar)
    • Ideal start date: mid-August but must start no later than 9/3/2019. 
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Interested candidates should email disability@columbia.edu to apply. Please be sure to include a copy of your resume.
  • Applicants are being accepted on a rolling basis. This is a casual  position, not a work-study.

 

Responsibilities

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.  (Basic knowledge of Latex a plus).
  • Convert documents into accessible text using Ocular Character Recognition (OCR).
  • Create large print versions of documents
  • Chop and scan books to create accessible text
  • Maintain e-text library
  • Update e-text records in database
  • Maintain testing computers and flash drives
  • Crop PDF and make large print copies
  • Drop off and pick up assignments from Print Services
  • Assist Assistive Technology Manager and Disability Services staff with projects

General Information

  • Pay rate is $20 per hour
  • Must be available a minimum of 20 hours weekly
  • The ability to multitask and carry-out careful and detailed tasks, to adapt to a fast-paced environment, and to provide a high level of customer service are all integral aspects of the roles
  • Proficient computing skills are required to provide support regarding the administrative aspects of the of office
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly organized and is able to pay close attention to detail
  • Must be available for August 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, this includes final exams week (Refer to academic calendar:  http://registrar.columbia.edu/event/academic-calendar). 
    • Ideal start date: mid-August but must start no later than 9/3/2019. 
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Interested candidates should email disability@columbia.edu to apply. Please be sure to include a copy of your resume.
  • Applicants are being accepted on a rolling basis. This is a casual  position, not a work-study.

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