Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Schneider Fellow - Climate and Clean Energy Program

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


    This is a 3-month Fellowship open to Stanford students only.


    NRDC's Climate & Clean Energy (C&CE) Program is looking for a fellow to complete research and analysis on the clean energy transition in the U.S. and the implications it has on domestic and international decarbonization strategies. The fellow will dedicate most of their time with the Analysis Team (~80%), with up to 20% of their time dedicated to work with the International Team.


    NRDC’s C&CE analysis team works with policymakers, industry, environmental groups, and other stakeholders to advocate for policies to reduce climate-warming emissions across the economy by providing modeling, data analysis, and other technical support. The Schneider Fellow will be an integral part of our team, analyzing policy design questions and helping develop technical resources for our climate and energy advocacy both domestically and abroad.


    One main element of this fellowship will be assisting on NRDC’s annual energy report. Each year NRDC reviews the most recent data to present an overall picture of the U.S. energy sector, and this report serves as an important advocacy resource for policymakers, media, and our members (see previous reports here). The scope of work will include: (1) completing research on recent U.S. energy trends and milestones, (2) compiling and synthesizing data from a variety of sources, and (3) helping draft the 2020 annual energy report.


    The fellow may also:

    • Work on proactive federal policy, helping review modeling and develop graphics and other materials from this modeling.
    • Work with our federal energy and government affairs team on energy innovation policy and advocacy.
    • Work with our international team to understand clean energy trends in other countries.
    • Work with our international team to understand the emission reduction potential of different decarbonization strategies and policies.
    • Assist with the development and review of other climate & clean energy materials.


    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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