International Strategies Intern
WFH Flexible Washington, DC
Job Type

About the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES):?Our mission is to secure a safe and stable climate by accelerating the transition to a thriving, just, and resilient low-carbon economy. We are widely recognized as an influential voice on climate issues, a trusted convener, and a credible source of expertise and analysis. We work closely with international climate negotiators; federal, state, and local policymakers; executives of Fortune 500 businesses; and a wide range of other stakeholders to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. C2ES is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. 

Our organizational values: We are ambitious and practical, advancing effective solutions that push the boundaries of the achievable. We are open-minded and inclusive, seeking out and considering a wide range of voices, views, and approaches. We are people-focused, dedicated to improving human well-being and recognizing that respect and empathy are central to success. We are one team, working collaboratively, communicating openly, making ourselves accessible to each other, and treating one another with kindness and respect. 


Internship summary: C2ES’s international work includes engaging with policymakers in the United States and other countries; convening informal discussions among key stakeholders; deep dives into policy areas related to international climate change issues; and organizing conferences, workshops, and briefings on international climate policy developments.  

C2ES seeks a student interested in complementing their studies by deepening his or her knowledge of international climate policy through on-the-job skill development. The intern will report to the Associate Director of International Strategies and support the work of the international team. This internship offers students the opportunity to expand on their studies in a work setting and learn from the C2ES international team. 

Responsibilities and duties include: 

  • Conduct research and analysis of international climate policy issues  
  • Participate in the preparations for C2ES's convening, workshops, briefings, etc., including through coordinating, organizing, or managing logistics  
  • Write at least one C2ES blog and contribute to publications such as blogs, workshop papers, briefs, and web content as needed 
  • Attend and summarize relevant webinars and any in-person local events by other think tanks, advocacy groups, federal agencies, and international governmental organizations  
  • DEI expectations – All staff are expected to participate in monthly DEI All staff meetings. During these meetings staff are able to interact and learn about different topics provided by the JEDI council.  
  • Demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.

Qualifications and skills: 

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree or higher (with a preference given to graduate students) in a field related to the work of C2ES  
  • Familiarity with international environmental agreements, particularly the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement 
  • Strong writing, editing, research, and analytic skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence 
  • Multicultural awareness and experience in multicultural settings 
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with an eye toward solutions  
  • Willingness to learn and pitch in  
  • Ability to work independently while responsive to oversight and guidance  
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail 
  • English fluency; other languages a strong plus

Time commitment:   

  • Part-time for summer 2023 (May through August), ideally with an extension up to a full year, (summer 2023 to spring 2024), subject to availability and mutual agreement.  


  • This internship will be paid 
  • This internship does not constitute employment by C2ES. 

Travel and location requirements:  

  • The successful candidate will be expected to either work at our office in Washington DC, to work remotely or a combination of both. Remote candidates will be considered if located in the following states: VA, MD, DC, NY, PA, CT, MA, MI, IL, WA, CA, NC, OH. 
  • Work travel not expected, but may be supported in some circumstances 

To apply, please upload to our website: a cover letter, resume, university transcripts or a list of classes, at least two short writing samples (including one written solely by yourself)


Applications welcome until Monday, May 29; however, the position will remain open until filled.   Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. 

We also are fully committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We believe we will only be effective in developing and advocating for climate solutions if we have a diverse range of voices and perspectives represented within C2ES, in our work, and among our partners. C2ES is committed to creating and growing a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and among the stakeholders we collaborate with and convene. By fostering this culture, we can enhance our work and amplify our impact. We encourage individuals of all races, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, sexual identities, and abilities to apply for this position. For more on C2ES's DEIJ policy, visit: