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2018 Stanback Internship - Innovative Local Finance

2018 Stanback Internship - Innovative Local Finance

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Center for Market Innovation [303000]

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This internship will focus on municipal finance and how we pay for essential infrastructure. This work fits in with NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation’s (CMI’s) work to help foster and implement global financial investments, to help maximize NRDC’s effectiveness in promoting healthy and sustainable communities.


Harnessing the power of markets is vital to achieving the environmental, social, and economic results needed for people to thrive. To catalyze widespread system change, CMI focuses on driving investment in multi-benefit infrastructure, clean energy, and sustainable food. As cities, states and other local jurisdictions look to upgrade their energy systems and infrastructure more broadly, they need to consider environmental, social and economic benefits and costs—and figure out how to pay for it.  Many investors are interested in investing in new solutions, but good, investible projects need to be created to meet their criteria.  Similarly, cities and other local governments need to create infrastructure in new ways to meet their critical needs for citizens, including as storms worsen under climate change.  This internship will focus on ways both sides (investors and local governments) and move these issues forward, and consider equity issues such as affordable housing, unequal effects of climate change or jobs for local residents.


  • Work on a resilience plan or a report on innovative public private partnerships
  • Meeting with stakeholders and creating plans for implementation


  • Background in economics or finance required, either through education or work background at an intermediate level.  Master’s students preferred
  • Experience or educational background in city planning, municipal finance, affordable housing or infrastructure at a beginner level would be preferred.
  • Stanback Positions are only available to current or enrolled Duke University student for September 2018

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.


To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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