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. Today, our mission is to advance science‐based solutions for climate change, energy, and environmental challenges in order to achieve our vision of a sustainable, resilient, and equitable world.

EESI is committed to building a community of staff, board members, advisors, donors, interns, fellows and volunteers, and partners that holds 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.

The Policy Associate will help advance climate, environment, and clean energy policies and solutions that will put the U.S. on a cleaner, more secure, and sustainable path. The Policy Associate will conduct research and analysis in support of EESI’s Congressional education and policy development activities on and off Capitol Hill. The Policy Associate will work with a diverse range of people and contribute to outreach to a wide audience, including members of Congress and their staff, federal officials, business and industry leaders, other non‐governmental organizations, higher education institutions, embassies, and other constituencies.

The Policy Associate will report to the Executive Director and work closely with colleagues (including fellows and interns) across the entire organization.


In general, the Policy Associate will help advance EESI’s efforts to:

  • Draft and edit content for publication, including web articles, fact sheets, and other policy‐ oriented written materials.
  • Brainstorm ideas for and help plan and execute multiple Congressional briefings each year on relevant and timely environmental, clean energy, climate and adaptation and resilience topics.
  • Help respond to queries for information and analysis from Congressional committees and members of Congress and their staff.
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for staff testimony and presentations.
  • Perform background research to inform grant proposal narratives and help prepare reports to funders.
  • Build and grow EESI’s overall environment, clean energy, and climate policy and solutions knowledge and expertise by keeping abreast of news, relevant science and Congressional action.
  • Contribute to a collaborative, collegial, and supportive work environment.

Competitive candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study and at least one year of full-time professional work experience.
  • Internship or work experience in a U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives office (including committees) is preferred.
  • Undergraduate‐ or graduate‐level coursework in political science, American politics, or comparative politics, preferred.
  • Strong writing and research skills; clear and concise writing is required for newsletters, Congressional briefing write‐ups, and fact sheets.
  • Critical thinking, problem‐solving, and research and analysis skills; keen attention to detail.
  • Knowledge and understanding of environment, clean energy, and climate topics.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills; a sense of humor, positive attitude, and interest in working collaboratively with other committed professionals.
  • Ability to represent EESI professionally.