Remote Internship Opportunity
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 our development intern, you will get to know about all of EESI’s sustainable energy and climate change work, while learning critical research, stewardship, writing, and fundraising skills. You will have the opportunity to hone your skills through involvement in a wide range of activities.
EESI is committed to building a community of staff, board members, advisors, donors, interns, fellows and volunteers, and partners that 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 Director of Development, the Development Intern will:
- Research potential funding sources (foundations, corporations, individuals, public sources)
- Research and summarize funding issues for use in grant proposals
- Assist with writing, editing, and proofreading of grant proposals on federal policy and utility innovation, climate change mitigation and resilience, environmental justice, equity, and related topics
- Create donor acknowledgment emails and letters and enter data into our Salesforce database
- Attend webinars and conduct research on how EESI can improve donor cultivation and acknowledgement practices
- Contribute to the development of donor-facing marketing materials, often including basic graphic design, in conjunction with EESI’s Development and Communications teams
- Contribute to operations and logistics for EESI briefings and other events
- Other responsibilities as they develop, based on intern interest areas and EESI’s needs
- Our internship program is designed for students who are currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree as a current or rising junior or senior.
- Interest in environmental and energy issues
- Enthusiasm for fundraising and donor stewardship in pursuit of EESI’s mission, with experience in fundraising and stewardship a plus (e.g., raising money for a cause, contributing to a grant proposal).
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
- Attention to detail
- Strong writing and research skills
- Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office preferred with ability and enthusiasm for learning new skills in other kinds of software (e.g., Canva, Lumen 5).
- We would prefer candidates be available for at least 26 hours per week for 10-12 weeks during the 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 experience as EESI’s development intern, the experiences you bring and what you can contribute during an internship with EESI
- Writing sample in a journalistic style, 1 page maximum. 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.