Student Opportunities for Fall 2022

The California-China Climate Institute is looking to hire multiple Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) for Fall 2022 and beyond, to support policy research in the following areas:

Appointments will require approximately 4-8 hours of work per week.

Tasks may include:

  • Conducting literature reviews and qualitative and quantitative data analysis to support specific research projects;
  • Collecting data and/or updating databases on U.S. and China climate policies;
  • Drafting academic articles, policy briefs and white papers;
  • Creating guides and handbooks on climate policy;
  • Writing short posts for the CCCI website, blogs and newsletter;
  • Organizing events, workshops and/or trainings; 
  • Attending CCCI events and taking notes;
  • Other tasks depending on the interest and expertise of the GSR.

Eligible students may opt to receive either 1 research credit for every 4 hours/week (i.e., LAW297), or salary. 

Strong analytical and writing skills are required. Prior experience or coursework in environmental or climate policy, an interest in U.S.-China relations, is strongly preferred. Mandarin speakers are encouraged to apply.

For further information or to apply please contact Jenn Perron at jperron[at]

Applications should include a resume, short writing sample, and a cover letter. Applications are accepted on rolling basis.

Types of Opportunities with CCCI

California-China Climate Institute (CCCI) offers various opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, visiting scholars and professionals to engage in our work accelerating climate solutions in California and China. Opportunities address a range of research and policy areas, and different levels of commitment. Below is a summary of some of the types of positions possible. Opportunities will be posted here as they become available.

Research Scholarships. CCCI, in cooperation with other  organizations and foundations, offers Research Scholarships to students, faculty, and non-resident affiliates interested in climate change policy and actions in California, China and globally. For undergraduate and graduate students, the competitive scholarships are awarded to work on a specified research or policy project under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Scholarship opportunities will be posted as they become available and awarded on rolling basis.

Graduate Student Researcher (GSR). GSR appointments are for graduate student researchers working towards a PhD, Master’s degree or Law degree at UC Berkeley, with an interest in CCCI research projects. GSR positions can focus on a specific research or policy project , or on special projects such as communications, marketing, event support and other tasks as they arise. Graduate students can work for UC Berkeley course credit or stipend no more than 20% of the appointment.

Undergraduate Researcher (UR). Undergraduate Researcher positions are for undergraduate students at UC Berkeley working on a project under the supervision of a faculty or research affiliate or a staff member. This could be for research or policy projects or specials projects in communication, marketing, event support and office support. Positions can be taken for course credit or work-study.

Interns and Volunteers. CCCI offers intern and volunteer opportunities for students and/or professionals outside of the GSR or UR, who are interested in CCCI and willing to participate in the communications or administrative aspects or other projects at the Institute. Internships and volunteers are unpaid positions and course credit is not provided.

Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars. Postdoctoral fellowships are temporary appointments for individuals with doctoral degrees and want to advance their research on topics related to CCCI’s research portfolio. Visiting Scholars have an academic appointment or other employment at a different institution but will participate in short-term training, research or other program with CCCI.

Visiting Student Researchers. Visiting student researchers are enrolled in a degree-granting program at an institution of higher learning other than the University of California, but will work on a specific project at CCCI, under the supervision of a faculty member. Visiting student researcher positions are not compensated.

Affiliated Researchers. Affiliated researchers are scholars or technical experts who work with CCCI as co-leaders on specific research and/or policy projects. Research affiliates are employees of other institutions but work collaboratively with CCCI faculty affiliates or staff members on a temporary basis ranging from six months to one year. Compensation is provided for affiliated researchers.

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