Research Opportunities

Columbia Business School offers several pre-doctoral research opportunities: Summer Research Internship Program, Research Associate program, and Research Assistantships.

Summer Research Internship Program 

Every summer Columbia Business School recruits students (typically in their junior year) from the top institutions across the nation, including select international universities, for its 10 week summer internship program.   Each intern is matched to a faculty member who has an available research project.  Faculty members may submit a project proposal in January/February to participate in the internship program.  The selection process for proposals  will seek, among other things, to ensure that the difficulty level, scope, and intellectual challenge allows the students to make significant contributions, and have rewarding experiences.   High-performing interns may be invited to return to work as full-time Research Associates upon graduation. 

Details about the program can be found at the Summer Research Internship page. 

Past summer interns have gone onto PhD programs, and three have returned to work at Columbia Business School as Full-Time Research Associates.

Research Associates

The Research Associate Program is a pre-doctoral research program. Research Associates are full-time research staff members at Columbia Business School for 2-3 year, many of whom go on to top-tier PhD programs. Research associates work on about three to five projects simultaneously (possibly supporting different faculty). However, they are also expected to maintain a thorough understanding of the substance of the research and to participate in every aspect of the process from idea generation to publication.

Specific details about the program and the application process can be found at the Research Associates page.

Research Assistants

Research Assistants are typically current Columbia students who are interested in working part-time on research during the academic year or during the summer. They generally work 10-15 hours per week, although that number may be fluctuate depending on the student's schedule and the project needs.

To apply, please check for open positions on Lionshare.