Positions and Internships


Project title: Urban Based Refugees and Healthcare Access

Reports to: Senior Research Associate

Location: Urban settings in Jordan (Amman, Mafraq, Irbid, Zarqa)


Columbia Global Centers | Amman fosters educational initiatives across the Middle East with the aim of expanding scholarship between academics, experts and practitioners. The Program on Forced Migration and Health (PFMH) at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, is one of the world’s leading centers on humanitarian research and teaching. In partnership, we are embarking on a qualitative research study aimed at understanding healthcare access issues for Syrian refugees residing in urban areas of Jordan.

Position Overview

Columbia Global Centers | Amman is seeking qualitative data collectors to conduct interviews at several locations across northern and central Jordan. The role will require full-time commitment between February 25, 2018 and March 29, 2018. The data collection team will be responsible for conducting interviews in Arabic with refugees residing in urban settings in Jordan.


  • Work closely with the research team
  • Schedule and coordinate meetings or contacts with refugees
  • Professionally conduct interviews with members of the refugee community
  • Maintain full and complete confidentiality
  • Actively engage in research methods trainings and preparation

Experience and qualifications

  • Masters level training and/or graduate students with experience working with refugees or similar populations
  • People in the fields of public health, nursing, medicine, forced migration or other related subject areas
  • Work experience in qualitative research methods (i.e., interviews, focus groups) or coursework in qualitative methods (masters level)
  • Extremely reliable, organized and flexible
  • Excellent listening skills, patience and empathy
  • Excellent computer skills; familiarity with tablets for data collection purposes
  • Must be able to travel within Jordan
  • Openness to feedback and learning
  • Fluency in English and Arabic


A stipend will be paid for the 5-week period. To be discussed during interview process.


Applicants should provide a (1) curriculum vitae/resume and (2) writing sample (i.e., published article or unpublished school/work assignment) to Zahirah McNatt, za2235@cumc.columbia.edu by February 28, 2018.

*If the start dates shifts, candidates will be notified. The full commitment will be 5 weeks.



Volunteers and 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, starting summer 2018, applicants should send the above documents in an email titled "Name-Position-Major" to amman.cgc@columbia.edu

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