Positions and Internships



SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER for Fellowship Program for Displaced Emerging Scholars

The Amman Center is hiring a Senior Programs Officer to manage and coordinate various components of a Fellowship Program for Displaced Emerging Scholars. The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the fellowship program. In this role, he/she will work under the Deputy Director of the Amman Center and Program Manager to implement and manage the program, as well as serve as a liaison between the displaced emerging scholars and Columbia University.

About the Fellowship Program for Displaced Emerging Scholars:

The Fellowship Program targets advanced PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and early-career scholars who were forcibly uprooted from their home countries and respective academic institutions for reasons related to the emergence of security concerns and armed conflict. It will commence on January 1, 2019 and aims to deliver one-year fellowships for a total of 25 emerging displaced scholars interested in the humanities, over a four-year period. The aim of the fellowship program is to nurture emerging scholars in an academic ecosystem and provide them with learning opportunities to advance their careers and research.

The main objectives of the program are to:

  • Build academic capacity through access to online courses at Columbia University and other platforms, and through training workshops held at the Center
  • Strengthen global connectedness by linking emerging displaced scholars to academics, practitioners, and experts across the Columbia Global Centers’ network
  • Enable emerging displaced scholars to embark on academic projects, including publication of their work, in a safe environment
  • Highlight the research work of emerging displaced scholars by disseminating their intellectual products and facilitating exchange through the Columbia Global Centers’ network and with relevant Columbia University schools and institutes.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Work closely with the Deputy Director and Program Manager in the recruitment process of the incoming Fellowship class and assist in managing the selection process
  • Build capacity of emerging scholars and enhancing their learning by identifying and partnering with key stakeholders across the University to deliver a high quality educational experience for the Fellows that meet the program’s objective
  • Work closely with the Programs team at the Amman Center and Columbia University schools to develop workshops for each cohort to be delivered at the Amman Center
  • Support fellows’ learning needs by identifying opportunities and facilitating access to online courses at Columbia University and other platforms
  • Cultivate an extended support network among Columbia faculty members for the displaced scholars
  • Develop fellows’ profiles and fellowship planned activities with clear and achievable goals
  • Identify and facilitate experiential learning opportunities and internships for fellows
  • Support fellows with convening roundtable discussions, planning conferences, and giving talks related to their subject areas
  • Promote opportunities for global scholarly engagement by drawing on the resources of other Global Centers and facilitating access to their networks of experts and partner organizations
  • Assist fellows in identifying post-fellowship pathways and enabling skills-based matching
  • Support fellows in preparing proposals for projects at the end of their fellowship
  • Support the dissemination of fellows’ work through the sharing of their publications, research products, and data collected during their fellowship
  • Monitor, assess and document the progress of the fellows and prepare reports
  • Provide operational and logistical support (i.e. facilitating the process associated with obtaining permits and legal documents, identifying housing, accessing work spaces and IT equipment).
  • Assist the Finance Manager on tracking financial expenditure and budget planning throughout the duration of the program

Required qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Education
  • Experience in a student development environment, preferably with international programming experience
  • Experience working directly with international students, scholars or fellows at the post-secondary level
  • Minimum 6 years’ work experience in human resources and academia

Preferred qualifications:

The candidate should be a self-starter able to envision a development pathway for the program and execute upon that vision under the guidance of the Deputy Director and Program Manager.

  • The candidate must have outstanding organizational and time management skills and be extremely detail-oriented in an academic environment.
  • Extensive experience in project management; PMP certification is a plus
  • Exceptional Interpersonal skills and an ability to build a network of contacts and interact effectively with people at varying organizational levels
  • Demonstrated ability to track long-term projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining partnerships
  • Ability to think ‘outside the square’ when applying problem solving skills to emerging issues
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills and experience in report writing
  • Demonstrated experience in coordinating events in diverse, complex environments
  • Ability to function independently in an international multi-cultural environment
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are required
  • Committed and enjoys the capacity to set meaningful priorities using a methodical approach

Interested candidates must send both a CV and cover letter to LS3002@columbia.edu with "Senior Program Officer" in the subject. 



Interns will have the opportunity to work on the Center’s research programs and participate in local and international conferences organized by the Center. Participants will gain work experience and a global perspective that will provide a competitive edge in achieving their career goals.


Specific duties for the interns and volunteers are as follows:

  • Provide help with English document (including research reports, conference summaries, and other Center publications, etc.) drafting and proof-reading
  • Participate in conference and event planning and organizing
  • Assist Center staff with any other tasks related to managing and running research programs or activities
  • Assist in office management

Qualifications for applicants

  • Preferably fluent in both Arabic and English with writing skills in both languages
  • Excellent translation skills
  • Strong sense of responsibility
  • Good team player
  • B.S./B.A. degree or above preferred

Required application materials

  • CV
  • English writing sample
  • The name of the person and his/her affiliation who referred you to the Center
  • Work availability

Internship positions are now full.

To apply for an internship/volunteer opportunity with the Center, applicants should send the above documents in an email titled "Name-Position-Major" to sat2196@columbia.edu.

After reviewing applications, we will arrange interviews with competitive candidates.