Remote Internship Opportunity
Policy Intern- One Opening
Environmental and Energy Study Institute
Next available position: Fall 2021.
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’s interns contribute substantively to the advancement of critical environmental and energy policies while gaining 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. EESI internships offer invaluable career benefits and opportunities and may also be used for undergraduate credit.
As the Policy Intern, you will be a key member of the EESI policy team. You will assist EESI staff with research and writing projects focusing on U.S. federal climate change, energy, and environmental policy issues including, but not limited to: clean energy, energy efficiency, adaptation and resilience, environmental and climate justice, sustainable agriculture and forestry, sustainable transportation, high-performance green buildings, and workforce.
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 Solutions leadership team, Policy Interns will:
- Research and write web articles on a broad range of climate, energy, environment, and U.S. policy issues.
- Contribute to EESI’s biweekly newsletter, Climate Change Solutions.
- Attend and track the latest Congressional hearings, other legislative activities, and scientific and policy briefings. Share observations with staff verbally and in writing.
- Assist staff in research for white papers, giving you the opportunity to take a deep dive into new climate, energy, and environment topics.
- Play an integral part in the successful execution of our informative and acclaimed Congressional briefings, which are looked to as a key source of information. You will also help us create engaging post-briefing content such as interviewing panelists and capturing briefing highlights.
- Support project-related administrative tasks, as necessary.
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 U.S. federal climate, environment, and energy policy, with particular enthusiasm for providing fact-based information in a non-partisan manner.
- Strong writing and research skills; clear and concise writing is required for newsletters, Congressional briefing write-ups, and fact sheets.
- Detail-oriented, self-starter, flexible, and able to manage multiple tasks
- Open to feedback, with strong desire to develop professional skills
- Effective interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to work in a team and independently
- Ability to represent EESI professionally
Internships require a commitment of 26-30 hours per week during a 14- to 16-week semester in the spring and fall, or during a 10- to 12-week semester in the summer. 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 fall ‘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:
- Your cover letter should highlight your interests and how they intersect with the issues EESI focuses on, what you hope to learn, and what you can contribute during an internship with EESI.
- Writing sample, one page in length. Please avoid submitting an academic research paper: we are seeking interns with an engaging, reader-friendly writing style to help get EESI’s message across.
Applications are open until June 27, 2021, for the fall semester. Our internship program is highly competitive and the summer semester is the most popular. We review each application and will keep you updated during each review stage. Thank you for your interest.
EESI is committed to creating a diverse workforce. 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.