Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Schneider Fellow - Healthy People Thriving Communities/Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA)

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/19/2019 2:11 PM)
    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:


    This is a 3-month Fellowship open to Stanford students only. Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) unites people from diverse sectors and backgrounds to collectively make multifamily affordable homes energy- and water-efficient. EEFA builds power to change policies and practices by seeding and supporting coalitions in 12 states. Each of these state coalitions include a variety of housing, health, energy efficiency, environmental, and community advocacy organizations that have not typically worked together in the past. EEFA supports these coalitions by providing coaching, training and funding; coordinating coalition activities; conducting research; and providing coalition-building and technical expertise. In addition, EEFA has developed four cross-cutting teams – Equity Working Group, Implementation Support, Federal Policy and Healthy Affordable Building Materials – in order to support the specific needs of the EEFA coalitions.


    The Fellow will work with EEFA staff in the DC office, specifically with the Project Co-director and Program Assistant, focusing on a handful of priority issues such as:

    • Advancing equitable policies;
    • Coalition and network building;
    • Making homes healthier;
    • Preserving affordable housing;
    • Promoting program solutions;
    • Reducing energy burdens for residents; and
    • Identifying and minimizing the barriers to policy implementation.


    The Schneider Fellows program is open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Students who have already received a three-month Schneider fellowship are eligible for the one-year NRDC fellowships only. Fellows commit to working 12 weeks or one year at their NGOs. Generally, fellowships begin in June, but the start date is often flexible, to be agreed upon by the Fellow and the NGO. The NGOs will receive and screen candidate applications. There are no limits to the number of fellowships to which applicants may apply. 


    For more information, please contact Jon McConnell (summer opportunities) or Juaquin Sims (year-long opportunities)


    To be considered, all applicants must apply through the Stanford website: Only submit resume and complete profile on NRDC’s site. Anyone who does not apply through the Stanford website will not be reviewed.


    Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. 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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