Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Schneider Fellow - Healthy People Thriving Communities, American Cities Climate Challenge

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/19/2019 2:12 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.


    NRDC’s American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) team is seeking a summer fellow to be split among our buildings and transportation climate work across 25 cities. ACCC is an exciting 2-year initiative designed to help leading-edge cities accelerate and expand their climate policies.


    The fellow would support the ACCC technical team on city policies and programs around buildings, energy, EVs, and mobility. The fellow will work directly on the project to perform research, data analysis, resource creation, and strategy support to help the technical team as they guide and drive cities to achieve ambitious climate reductions.


    Examples of policies the fellow will support via research and analysis include: building codes that incorporate deep energy efficiency and electrification, building performance standards, improving public transit, promoting electric vehicles, and creating commuter incentives to reduce driving.


    The fellow will attend meetings with the technical leads to learn how we develop and implement strategy to achieve policy outcomes at the local level utilizing best practices, community engagement, and robust data. The research and analysis they perform will be instrumental to help our cities work with stakeholders and community leaders to achieve their Challenge goals to ensure cities can meet or exceed Paris commitments as well as improve public health, affordability, and workforce development outcomes. 


    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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