SIPA 2020-21 Assistantships

Below please find important resources and guides to assist you in navigating this process:

  • SIPA Guide to Assistantships 2020-21 click here
  • SIPA Assistantships job descriptions Fall 2020 click here
  • SIPA Assistantships job descriptions Spring 2021 click here
  • SIPA Assistantship 2020-21 Info Session held January 24, 2020 click here for PPt, Presentation, or Q&A
  • Best Practices for TA's and Readers HERE
  • For SIPA IT Positions, please apply separately. The deadline is February 7, 2020:


Fall 2020 and Spring 2021Assistantship Applications are closed.

To be eligible for Fall 2020 Assistantships, you must be enrolled FULL TIME in residence at SIPA for the Fall 2020 term.

All students appointed in the Fall 2020 may fulfil their responsibilities remotely or on-campus. They should inform their supervisor of their choice as soon as possible, in order to make appropriate adjustments in tutorials, recitations or other activities.

Students who wish to perform their work on-campus must follow Columbia University’s protocols for returning to campus.

International students planning to work remotely outside of the US should note the University's August 13 announcement that there are multiple complications in appointing and paying any student assistant working in an international location. Officials subsequently advised that they are optimistic that they will be able to appoint international students who have pre-existing work authorizations and other pre-requisites, and they will attempt to appoint those who have yet to receive work authorization. SIPA HR and the Office of Student Affairs are directly working with each impacted student.

Further questions:

  • Questions regarding appointment and payment procedures can be sent to
  • Questions regarding work arrangements (e.g. recitations, tutorials, office hours, etc.) should be directed to the student's supervisor.
  • All other questions can be sent to

Spring positions are determined separately for Fall positions. For example, if you were selected as a Fall PA for a concentration or office, this does not mean that you will hold the same position in the Spring. You will need to submit a separate Spring application.


Salary Information

Position          Salary/Semester                    Service Commitment

TA                    $12,000                                    20 hours/week

Reader            $6,000                                      15 hours/week

PA                    $30/hour up to$6,000           200 hours/semester (average 12-13 hours/week)

SA                    $20/hour up to $3,000          150 hours/semester (average 9-10 hours/week)

Handbook for TA's and Readers


OSA Tutors

The Office of Student Affairs provides Math and Writing tutors at no cost to all SIPA students. Students interested in tutoring services should contact individual tutors directly. Tutors names and contact information are listed below:

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Fall 2020

Writing Tutors:

Sarah Sakha sas2428
Kinza  Haq     ksh2142

Math Tutor:

Roni Belenki rsb2189

Note: As a courtesy to your fellow classmates we ask that you do not send tutors papers to edit within 24 hours of a deadline (unless previously arranged).


Columbia Writing Center

The Columbia Writing Center provides writing support to undergraduate and graduate students. In one-on-one consultations and workshops, our consultants offer feedback and strategies to help you improve at every stage of your writing, from brainstorming to final drafts. Students can make appointments with them for up to two hours a week at no charge. One hour can be a drop-in session and the other can be booked in advance.

Students who speak English as a second language are invited to explore offerings through the American Language Program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.


The Technology, Media, and Communications (TMaC) specialization offer lectures on basic and advanced writing and reporting. Please consult the TMaC website and TMaC's course listings for more details.

Please click here for additional writing tips.

Students interested in learning to write more simply, concisely and clearly are invited to read the following (all can be bought online):

  • Evans, Harold. Essential English for Journalists, Editors, and Writers or his older book, Newsman’s English.
  • Ross-Larson, Bruce. Edit Yourself.
  • Rentoul, John. The Banned List: A  manifesto against jargon and cliche.
  • Mounsey, Chris How to Write: Successful Essays, Dissertations, and Exams, Oxford University Press.
  • Lindgren, Hugo. in the New York Times blog "Words We Don’t Say"

Department of Mathematics

Many mathematics graduate students from the Department of Mathematics offer tutoring services on a private, one-on-one basis. Hourly fees vary from student to student, depending on the number of hours needed and the topics to be covered.

Association of Graduate Economics Students

The Association of Graduate Economics Students provides a listing of economics graduate student tutors who can be hired directly. Tutors are available in a variety of areas including microeconomics, macroeconomics, and statistics.