U.S. Climate Policy Intern
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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.

Job Description: C2ES seeks up to two highly qualified and committed individuals to fill the positions of U.S. Climate Policy Intern to deepen their knowledge of city, state, and/or federal climate and energy policy through on-the-job skill development and training. This internship provides the ideal candidate an opportunity to work on assessing the post-Inflation Reduction Act policy landscape and growing stakeholder engagement efforts at C2ES. This intern will report to the Director for U.S. Policy and Outreach.  


Major responsibilities: 

  • Monitor, track, and report on U.S. domestic climate policy developments including both administrative and legislative actions; 
  • Research and analyze state and federal policies and other policies as needed; 
  • Develop and contribute to written material, including blog posts, other topical web content, and policy briefs, with a goal of having specific deliverables authored by the intern; 
  • Attend and inform the Policy and Outreach team about relevant events in Washington by other think tanks, advocacy groups, Congress and federal agencies; 
  • Support stakeholder engagement with Members of Congress, high-level representatives in federal agencies, and respective staff; 
  • Support and conduct briefings with C2ES business partners on U.S. climate policy developments. 

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Enrolled in, or completed a bachelor's degree or higher (with a preference given to graduate students) in one of the following fields: government, economics, environmental or energy policy, political science, or other related subject; 
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and interest in stakeholder engagement; 
  • Interdisciplinary understanding of climate change (technology, politics, economics, etc.); 
  • Interest and willingness to learn about Capitol Hill, the Administration, and non-governmental stakeholders; 
  • Top-notch writing, editing, research, and analytic skills; 
  • Ability to sort through dense and complicated information quickly; 
  • Strong attention to detail; 
  • Willingness to learn and to pitch in at all levels. 

Internship type:  

  • Preferences will be given to local applicants. Internship can be local at our office: 3100 Clarendon Blvd. Suite 800. Arlington VA 22201. Or remote from the following States: VA, MD, DC, NY, PA, CT, MA, IL, WA, CA, NC, OH, MN, MI, FL, and TX. 
  • Full-time internship up to 37.5 hours per week (following C2ES HQ office hours) during Summer 2024 (May 2024 – August 2024 with a flexible end date). Part-time can also be considered. 
  • Hourly Minimum Wage at the state where the intern will be working from.
  • Transportation stipend for interns working from the C2ES Office. 

To apply, please upload a cover letter, transcripts, resume, and writing sample to our website. 

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: https://www.c2es.org/about/diversity-equity-inclusion-and-justice