Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Clean Energy Diversity Initiative Summer Internships with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago | US-CA-San Francisco | US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 1 week ago(4/10/2018 10:55 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Center for Policy Advocacy [101000]
  • Overview

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action 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 a safe and healthy environment for all living things.   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; our water enforcement cases played a major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our staff of more than 500 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.


    NRDC’s Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) affiliate is the business voice for the environment. E2 is a national, nonpartisan group of business owners, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for the environment and good for the economy. E2’s 1000+ members, organized in nine chapters stretching from New England to San Diego, have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies; created more than 600,000 jobs and control more than $100 billion in private equity and venture capital. E2 is a part of NRDC’s Center for Policy Advocacy department.


    Position Summary:


    NRDC is seeking three (3) summer interns to work with the E2 team in our offices in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. 


    Interns will work with E2 staff in these offices to develop and execute a program to advance current clean energy initiatives and policies in their regions and expand and amplify business voices in support of these initiatives under E2’s “Clean Jobs Count” campaign.


    These full-time, paid internships will run from June 4, 2018 - August 10, 2018.


    Interns also will receive a one-year membership in E2’s Emerging Leaders program, which comes with the full benefits of E2 membership, including networking, advocacy, mentoring and other opportunities.


    • Chicago Office: The intern will work with E2 staff and the NextGrid Core Project Team in Chicago to identify, engage and amplify positive stories of IL businesses and emerging technologies related to the NextGrid initiatives, with an emphasis on companies and technologies that will allow Distributed Energy Resources (DER)(e.g. wind, solar, EE, DR, electric cars, etc.) to be better integrated into the modern grid. The intern will not be engaged in E2’s or NRDC’s work regarding specific utilities in the Midwest.
    • San Francisco Office: The intern will work with E2 staff in California to identify, engage and amplify stories of CA businesses and emerging technologies related to the legislative and regulatory initiatives to expand the California Independent Service Operator (Cal ISO), with an emphasis on DER businesses. Intern also will support other E2 clean energy initiatives, including legislation to pass 100 percent renewable portfolio standard and to amplify business voices as part of the Global Climate Summit in September in San Francisco.
    • New York City Office: The intern will work with E2 staff in New York City to identify, engage and amplify stories of businesses and emerging technologies that are involved in smart grid initiatives in both New York and New England. Intern also will help with initiatives focusing on offshore wind expansion, energy efficiency and expanding the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to the transportation sector.  

    **Please indicate in your cover letter which city you're interested in applying for. 


    Additional responsibilities include:

    • Research and gather data on clean energy companies to be used for advocacy and the development of chapter activities;
    • Help coordinate regular communications with E2 members in the region through social media and email newsletters;
    • Help plan and execute E2 events for members and affiliates;
    • Assist E2 staff with various research and projects.
    • Some travel may be required.


    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with the capability to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure and be detail-oriented;
    • Ability to work independently as well as with a team;
    • Strong interest in natural resources conservation, advocacy and enthusiasm for NRDC and E2’s mission;
    • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint);
    • Current Junior and Senior Undergrads or Graduate students enrolled in an accredited university/college program.
    • Students in engineering, sustainability and related programs preferred.


    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 identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 


    Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


    To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal.  We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. 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. 


    If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.


    For further information about NRDC, please visit


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