The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing. 

 

Position Summary:

 

NRDC is seeking a Climate and Clean Energy Intern to work with the Michigan Climate and Clean Energy team in our Chicago office (remote). The position will be policy-focused role that requires a commitment to advancing a just, equitable, and sustainable clean energy future for Michigan. The ideal intern candidate will have a passion for equity-centered climate and clean energy advocacy, an interest in supporting the Michigan Climate and Clean Energy team through researching climate and clean energy policies in the utility regulatory space, executive office level, and legislative space with interactions with appointed and elected officials and other decisionmakers.  

Responsibilities

  • Provide research support for NRDC’s advocacy efforts for equitable state and local climate and clean energy policies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and transportation and building electrification.
  • Assist in the outreach and engagement of underserved and marginalized communities on issues of affordability, climate change and clean energy.
  • Produce background research on climate and clean energy issues for NRDC blogs, reports, and presentations.
  • Closely monitor and report on the activities occurring at the Michigan Council on Climate Solutions, Michigan Public Service Commission proceedings and stakeholder meetings, and Michigan Legislature.

Qualifications

  • Enrollment in the Social Science Scholars Program at Michigan State University
  • Commitment to NRDC’s values and mission.

 

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet’s most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. 

  

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

  

This is a paid internship with a stipend of $6,000.