Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Political Research Intern

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 1 month ago(7/16/2018 5:43 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Action Fund [302000]
  • 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.


    Position Summary:


    The NRDC Action Fund is an affiliated but separate organization from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).  The NRDC Action Fund’s mission is to build political support for advancing the goals of the Natural Resources Defense Council: averting dangerous climate change, supporting healthy people and thriving communities, and conserving and protecting nature and wildlife. We support candidates who stand up for these goals, and we mobilize the American public to lobby lawmakers and hold them accountable for their votes, both in office and at the ballot box.


    The NRDC Action Fund is seeking a Political Research Intern to assist the organization with its electoral work.


    This is a paid internship, requiring a minimum work schedule of 20 hours per week beginning in August/September 2018 through December 2018, with the potential to extend into 2019.


    The Political Research Intern will work with NRDC Action Fund staff to:


    • Conduct political research to inform Action Fund electoral activity
    • Regularly track developments in federal and state elections
    • Research candidates’ backgrounds and positions on the NRDC Action Fund’s policy priorities
    • Other duties as assigned


    An ideal Political Research Intern candidate will:


    • Be currently pursuing a 2-year or 4-year degree.
    • Possess exceptional writing, research and critical thinking skills (and successfully complete a timed research/writing test)
    • Demonstrate substantial interest in relevant subject areas (i.e. previous professional experience and/or academic major in politics, environment, energy, etc.)
    • Work effectively on a team, and be able to drive projects to completion
    • Be willing and able to learn new skills and subject areas

    NRDC Action Fund 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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