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Climate and Health Intern

Climate and Health Intern

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Urban Solutions Program [314000]

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NRDC is seeking an intern to work with the  Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) and data teams, including The SPARCC project is a project of the Health and Communities NRDC’s Washington D.C. office. This internship will support NRDC’s advocacy work pertaining to healthy communities.  This work includes building local capacity, aligning policy and funding with community visions, and making local voices heard, Urban Solutions and NRDC implements place-based solutions to climate change on the ground.


Health and Communities integrates multiple solutions at all scales- buildings, neighborhoods, cities and regions – to reduce pollution and increase opportunities for all. We take this people-first approach to furthering NRDC and Health and Communities programmatic and policy work.




The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) project is a three-year, multi-region initiative that seeks to change the systems that shape the built environment and create climate-smart, opportunity-rich places that allow marginalized communities – particularly low-income people and communities of color – to work, play, and thrive. The project is a joint collaboration between four intervening partners – NRDC, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (FRBSF), Low Income Investment Fund, and Enterprise Community Partners – and uses a model of regionally- based collaborative tables to improve regional equity. SPARCC uses the three core lenses of racial equity, health, and climate to help regional partners to identify one or two major systems changes that will permanently alter the physical form of specific sites in the region and shift the mechanisms by which the built environment is shaped.

  • Climate, health, and equity vulnerability in communities:

The Climate and Health Stanback Intern will be responsible for researching, gathering, and analyzing regional and neighborhood-level data sets on climate and health vulnerability for the SPARCC (Strong Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge) project. The Intern will work closely with the SPARCC team and sites to translate the data into easy to use information for local SPARCC sites. Part of this work will include providing language that allows communities to best engage on climate and health and the ways in which they are integrated. 

  • Climate adaptation strategies in public health agencies:

The Intern will work with SPARCC climate and health leads to survey public health agencies, organizations, advocates and providers to determine how climate change is addressed and incorporated into public health practice and identify resources and options for other public health organizations and communities to consider. 

  • Storytelling in Energy Efficiency and Affordable Housing

 The Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) project has advocated for the resources and implementation of better energy efficiency programs for multi-family affordable housing and generated significant investment and improved outcomes for building owners, residents, contractors, and other stakeholders. To further this mission, the Intern will help develop personal and powerful stories demonstrating the benefits of energy efficiency and its alignment with preserving housing affordability. Collaborating with members of the EEFA team, the Intern will help to set up and conduct personal story-collecting interviews in the states that we work in, highlighting the programs we have advocated for, and protecting federal and state support for these programs.


In addition to outcomes to the elements above, the Intern will present on the findings of the internship during a final presentation.


Skills intern will gain post-internship is applied data analysis, project management, and ability to communicate effectively across disciplines, community-based sustainability, equity and sustainable development.


This internship includes the potential for domestic travel in our focus areas.



  • Strong research and analysis skills. Ability translate difficult concepts into relatable language.
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS and data and design software
  • Knowledge and/or interest in climate change, urban planning, geography, environmental studies, community development, health and data studies, public policy and other related fields
  • Committed to advancing social and environmental justice
  • Interest in community organizing and use of stories a plus


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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