Global Immersion Program Teaching Assistants

Call for Cuba, Germany (Blockweek on Innovation), India (Leadership), Israel, Kenya & Rwanda, Myanmar, Sweden & Denmark (Family Business) & UAE

Applications due Monday, October 16, 2017

The Chazen Institute is looking for one student Teaching Assistant (TA) for each of the following:

  • Global Immersion: Exploring the Business Environment in Cuba taught by Bruce Kogut
  • Global Immersion: Leading from the Inside Out (travel to Delhi, India) taught by Hitendra Wadhwa
  • Global Immersion: Israel: Leadership and Innovation taught by Ran Kivetz
  • Global Immersion: New Growth and Business Opportunities in East Africa (travel to Kenya and Rwanda) taught by Jonas Hjort
  • Global Immersion: Myanmar’s Economy in Transition taught by Amit Khandelwal
  • Global Immersion: Global Immersion: Nordic Family Enterprise (travel to Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark) taught by Patricia Angus
  • Global Immersion: Economic Growth in the UAE taught by Pierre Yared

These classes will take place during the A term of the spring semester and travel during spring break

Additionally the Chazen Institute is looking for one student TA for:

• Innovation aus Deutschland taught by R.A. Farrokhina - This will class will take place in Germany over spring break.

Chazen GIP and Block Week TAs play an important role during these short term travel opportunities. Working closely with the teaching faculty and the Chazen Institute, TAs have an opportunity to shape the course and share their home cultures with their fellow students.

TA benefits include

  • Play a crucial role in the cultural aspects of the student travel experience building on the long tradition of student leadership
  • For native students, it’s a great opportunity to introduce your country to your fellow students. 
  • Receive a stipend and will have their program fee waived
  • Automatic seat in the course

Role of the TA

  • TAs should be natives or have extensive experience in both the country and the city to be visited during the in-country portion of the class. Preference will be given to students with knowledge of the region, language and culture. For the Leadership and Family Business courses; students with leadership/family business experience and a passion for the topic will also be a great asset.
  • TAs also support the academic needs of the class and the faculty. While the faculty member may also be a native of the country, or someone with extensive knowledge of the region, their primary goal is to teach. Therefore a TA is brought on board as the primary source of cultural knowledge and advice, and will be heavily relied upon by the students.
  • Responsibilities include liaising with travel agents for logistical details in country, with companies to confirm business meetings and with students as they plan their travels. 
  • They are required to be enrolled in the class, complete all deliverables and to stay in the hotel with the students to be fully accessible to them. 

GIPs will be led academically in country by the faculty member, who will rely on TAs for logistical support and cultural expertise. While the faculty member may also be a native of the country, or someone with extensive knowledge of the region, their primary goal is to teach. Therefore a TA is brought on board as the primary source of cultural knowledge and advice, and will be heavily relied upon by the students. A Chazen Institute staff member may also accompany the tour to provide additional support.

How to Apply

To apply for these positions, please send a short statement of interest and CV to chazen@columbia.edu. Applications are due Monday, October 16, 2017. Please visit the Chazen Institute website to learn more about the Global Immersion Program.

For students interested in participating in these courses, they will be open during spring bidding in November.