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EE and its toolkit

The Energy and Environment (EE) Concentration provides students with the analytical tools and knowledge to address society’s vital economic and environmental challenges, and to train world-class leaders in public, private, and nonprofit careers in the fields of energy and environment.

EE students obtain a solid background in technology, politics, management, economics, quantitative techniques, market and regulatory structures, and policy analysis. Our world-class EE faculty members work in and with energy and environment industries, solving pressing issues, and providing a range of cutting-edge insights as researchers, practitioners, teachers and leaders.

EE students are career-ready professionals with the tools and skills for success through:

1.  A comprehensive set of courses to build the analytical, technical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are tied to key issues now and in the future;

2.  Consultancy workshop projects that provide real client experience with private multinational corporations, governments, and NGOs; and

3.  Targeted career events, internship search support, networking opportunities, and relationships with employers.

Our distinctive approach places EE students at the center of the richest ecosystem of intellectual resources in the world, with over 100 distinct courses in Energy and Environment available to our students.  This access is enriched by strong collaboration with Columbia University’s think tanks, such as The Center on Global Energy Policy and The Earth Institute, bolstered by the unparalleled access to the industry and capital markets activities of New York City.

Our graduates are highly sought after by global consulting firms, financial institutions, local and national governments, multinational corporations, nonprofits, global NGOs and social enterprises.  Come visit and see why Columbia SIPA is the best place to study Energy and Environment anywhere in the world.

What I Did This Summer: Entry #6

Anesa Diaz-Uda is a second year MPA student concentrating in Management and Institutional Analysis.  I asked her to share about her internship this past summer and she wrote the following.


AnesaI spent my summer in Washington, DC working as a Summer Associate for Deloitte Consulting. Deloitte is one of the largest professional services organizations in the world and is one of the Big Four auditors.  However, in DC I worked solely with the Federal Consulting Practice.   It was a pleasure applying the skills I’d garnered at SIPA, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.  Here’s what I was up to…

My client was the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)), and I worked with their staff on a Research and Development effort focused on cultural awareness programming.   We sought to employ commercial methodologies to rapidly build source networks capable of providing information to help frame issues in a rich socio-cultural context to answer Department of Defense (DoD) requirements.

The project had three distinct phases, and I was able to assist in the first two.  When I first started I conducted an online survey of Internet and classified systems to discover and catalog DoD programs providing cultural awareness products to DoD personnel. Upon completion, we created a metric to determine what programs constituted the DoD’s leading practices, and began conducting personal interviews of the top programs.

At this point, I was able to go out on my own to meet with the leadership of these various programs to better determine the strengths and weaknesses of each one.  From here, we began to synthesize our findings to offer a comparative analysis that would eventually become a commercial methodology for DoD cultural awareness programming.  Unfortunately, I had to leave at this point to return to SIPA, but I was impressed and proud of the work I was able to offer our client.

I never imagined myself working for DoD, but it was an exciting opportunity, and an area of our federal government I hope to learn much more about. As you can imagine, I was very apprehensive when I first started.  However, my team did an amazing job preparing me with the proper clearances as well as familiarizing me with necessary information and protocol.  I enjoyed my team immensely, and was constantly impressed by their level of expertise and knowledge as well as their kindness.

I also got to know my fellow interns.  There were seven of us from public policy programs around the country, and it was great to share stories about our schools, as well as learn more about the different projects we were staffed on.  Deloitte is growing its public policy community within the Consulting practice, and it was an exciting time to be with the firm as well and in DC.  I was and continue to be very pleased with my decision to work for Deloitte this past summer.

"The most global public policy school, where an international community of students and faculty address world challenges."

—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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