The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 by a bipartisan Congressional caucus to provide timely, credible information for policymakers and influential stakeholders, and promote innovative environmental and energy solutions.
EESI provides opportunities for student interns to substantively help us advance our environmental and energy policy goals. In return, interns gain insight into the workings of Congress and the federal legislative process, knowledge of significant environmental and energy issues, and an understanding of how a not-for-profit organization works. EESI’s relationships with other organizations and across sectors provides opportunities for interns to witness how environmental and energy issues develop within the public policy arena.
As the Communications/Policy Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to write articles, interview experts, curate our social media accounts, create infographics, research and write fact sheets, and make videos—all while learning about energy and environmental policy. Some of the topics EESI covers include (but are not limited to!): climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, adaptation and resilience, clean energy finance (such as on-bill financing), climate justice/environmental justice, high-performance green buildings, sustainable agriculture and forestry, sustainable transportation, and workforce development.
EESI is committed to building a community of staff, board members, advisors, donors, interns, fellows and volunteers, and partners who hold diversity, equity, and inclusion as core values. This commitment strengthens the organization, improves our overall effectiveness, and helps ensure the policies we advance and programs we implement promote an equitable transition to a decarbonized, clean energy economy.
We offer a friendly, informal, and inclusive work environment dedicated to helping interns succeed in the internship and as you launch careers in the field.
Under the supervision of the Communications Director and Communications Associate, the communications intern will:
- Handle EESI’s social media outreach, mainly on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. This includes creating social media content, infographics, and videos.
- Research and write articles on a broad range of energy, environment, and policy issues for EESI.org and our biweekly newsletter, Climate Change Solutions. This includes interviewing officials and experts.
- Play an integral part in the successful execution of our informative and acclaimed Congressional briefings, which are a key source of information for policymakers. You will also help us create engaging post-briefing content, such as panelist interviews and written briefing highlights. EESI briefings are being held remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Explore creative ways to engage and expand EESI’s network.
- Watch Congressional hearings and other D.C. events remotely and brief staff on them (in-person attendance will resume after the pandemic ends).
- Data entry and other administrative duties.
- Other responsibilities as required, based on the intern’s interest areas and the organization’s needs. In particular, interns are invited to research and draft fact sheets and issue briefs that will be distributed to the policymaking community, including Hill staffers.
Our internship program is designed for students who are currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, political science, environmental studies, or a related field as a current or rising junior or senior.
- Applicants with media, journalism, public relations, social media engagement and/or similar experience are preferred. EESI also offers policy-focused internships.
- Interest in environmental and energy issues, with particular enthusiasm for the communication of pertinent information in a non-partisan manner.
- Strong writing and research skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks.
- Effective interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
- Ability to represent EESI professionally while conducting interviews by phone or video conference.
- Open to feedback, with strong desire to develop professional skills.
- Experience with Microsoft Office, social media scheduling (e.g., Hootsuite), image editing (e.g., Gimp, Photoshop); graphic layout (e.g., Canva, In-Design); and video editing (Lumen5, Premiere) a plus.
- We would prefer candidates be available for at least 26 hours per week for 10-12 weeks during the May-August semester. A recommended course load for a 30-hour internship is 3-6 credit hours.
- COVID-19 Pandemic Update: Our internship will be completely remote for the Summer ’21 semester. Interns must be available during the core EESI work hours of 10 AM – 4 PM Eastern time. EESI is based in Washington, D.C.
Interns are compensated at the rate of $15/hr. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States.
Internship Application Requirements
Please note you will need the following to apply:
- Cover letter explaining your interests, what you hope to gain from the internship, and what you can contribute to EESI.
- Writing sample in a journalistic style (1-3 pages). We prefer a writing sample that is clear, concise and well-researched (check out our articles to see what we are looking for). Please avoid submitting an academic paper: we are seeking interns with an engaging, reader-friendly style to help get EESI’s message across.
Applications accepted through February 28, 2021
Thank you for your interest.
EESI is committed to creating a diverse environment. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Prior internship experience is not required.