Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • City Energy Project Fall Intern

    Job Locations US-NY-New York | US-IL-Chicago | US-CA-Santa Monica
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Healthy People and Thriving Communities [403000]
  • 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:


    NRDC is seeking interns to work with the City Energy Project team in our New York, Chicago, and Santa Monica offices. The City Energy Project is a national initiative co-led by NRDC and the Institute for Market Transformation to cut energy waste in large buildings and make American cities healthier and more prosperous through energy efficiency. The 20 pioneering cities involved in the City Energy Project are working to boost their local economies and reduce pollution, and their leadership is helping to shape next-generation energy efficiency strategies for communities nationwide. This will be a part-time internship at roughly 20 hours a week, to begin in September 2018 and to conclude in December 2018. The interns may opt to either be paid $15/hr or receive school credit in exchange for their work.


    Duties will be varied and are expected to include: creating and/or editing fact sheets; drafting and/or editing blogs for program staff; and conducting research to support project efforts.


    • Active enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program;
    • Outstanding academic record;
    • Local to the New York, Chicago, or Santa Monica offices;
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment on multiple demanding tasks;
    • Ability to work both on a team and independently, prioritize multiple projects, and meet deadlines;
    • Exceptional research, writing and communication skills;
    • Strong interest in environmental issues related to energy efficiency and renewable energy;
    • Enthusiasm for NRDC’s mission


    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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