The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) staff are active practitioners and teachers in the field. Along with conferences and presentations, NCDP is involved with Pre-College, Professional (Non-Degree), Degree Research programs, and work opportunities through Columbia University.


High school students can learn beyond the classroom and earn college credit during the school year and the summer. They can learn how to drive positive impacts and become agents of change in their community. Recent courses include:

Professional Learning (Non-Degree)

NCDP offers presentations, webinars, workshops, and training for working professionals. NCDP also frequently supports executive education and non-degree programs offered through the Columbia Climate School.

Recent presentations and trainings have included:


MA in Climate in Society, Disaster Risk Management Specialization

The Climate and Society Masters program has a specialization in Disaster Risk Management.  This specialization is designed for students who have an interest in disaster management, and who see it as an important facet of their career, even if they are not necessarily entering into a disaster specific field. The specialization will provide students with a foundation of the various areas of study in the field of disaster risk management, then provide direct application of these areas in the contexts of disaster recovery, resilience, and building equitable community partnerships.

Within the Masters of Arts in Climate and Society at Columbia Climate School, NCDP teaches a disaster risk management specialization that consists of the following courses taught by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness:

  • Climate Change and Disaster Management
  • Post-Disaster Recovery: Focus on Housing and Economic Recovery
  • Building Equitable Community Partnerships in Disaster Management

Student Casual, Department Research Assistants, Graduate Assistant, and Postdoctoral Opportunities

Each semester and during the summer, a variety of opportunities are available for students to learn about the nuances and practices of research, policy, and practice at NCDP. In recent years, students have been active participants in research design, curriculum development, data analysis, marketing and outreach, and more. Many students have leveraged opportunities provided by NCDP to become policy legislative aides, instructional designers, project managers, data analysts, educators, and more. Students can apply for opportunities through the Columbia Climate School internship and postdoctoral fellowship processes.

Intern and Grant-Funded Research Opportunities

Graduate, Ph.D., and experienced practitioners can enhance their skill sets by participating in active projects and fieldwork. Recent opportunities include:

  • Development and delivery of childcare emergency operations plans training in Puerto Rico
  • National Science Foundation: Teaching with maps: Instructional strategies and user research on integrating GIS maps in the classroom to enhance climate literacy and equity (Geared towards K-12 students)