Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Stanback - Climate & Health Intern

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 months ago(1/30/2019 12:19 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Climate and Clean Energy [402000]
  • 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 Duke University Stanback Internship Program provides Duke students with project-based learning experiences in energy, conservation, advocacy, policy, research, law and applied resource management.  The Internship Program is open to any Duke student - undergraduate, graduate, and international students - who will be enrolled in Fall 2019 classes. Internships are located throughout the US, and the internship is for 11-weeks and interns receive up to $6,000 stipend.


    The majority of intern candidates will be Nicholas School students pursuing the degree of Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or Master of Forestry (MF). The MEM and MF degree programs stress interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving.  Program specialization tracks within the degrees include conservation science and policy, forest management, coastal management, environmental economics and policy, global environmental change, and water and air resources.


    This Stanback internship is limited to Duke University students only.   Students from the Duke Law School, Fuqua School of Business, Sanford School of Public Policy, Pratt School of Engineering, and other undergraduate programs are also invited to apply for Stanback internships.   


    The intern will assist the Climate and Clean Energy program with a combination of research, analysis, and writing tasks including:

    • Fact-finding for talking points, fact sheets, blog posts, and planning documents;
      • Attending and reporting on hearings, speeches, or other public events;
      • Summarizing research and policy reports; and
      • Drafting social media posts, blog posts, fact sheets, and other public-facing materials.
    • The intern will help communicate the health effects of climate change as part of NRDC’s efforts to defend existing climate and clean energy policies and promote new ones at the federal and state level. The intern will also help advance NRDC’s emerging work on climate adaptation, particularly in the public health sector.
    • Exact projects to be decided, but likely deliverables will include one blog post about climate and health adaptation (to be posted on supervisor’s NRDC page, with student byline) and a solid first draft of a short report on the health impacts of climate change in one U.S. state.

    In addition to your resume please submit the following documents: Cover Letter,  Writing Sample, Transcript, List of References 



    A student pursuing a master’s degree is preferred. Required technical skills:

    • Knowledge of the health impacts of climate change (beginner to intermediate)
    • Ability to extract quantitative data from databases, manipulate spreadsheets, and do basic calculations (intermediate)
    • Ability to synthesize qualitative information from peer-reviewed journal articles, government reports, and other technical resources (intermediate to advanced)
    • Oral and written communication (advanced)
    • Internet research skills, including Google Scholar or similar literature databases (intermediate to advanced)
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (advanced)
    • Knowledge of climate adaptation

    A student with a bachelor’s degree in climate science, public health, environmental studies, public policy, or a related discipline is 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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