Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Intern, City Energy Project

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco | US-NY-New York | US-CA-Santa Monica
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(11/13/2019 9:29 AM)
    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 an Intern to work with the City Energy Project team in our San Francisco, Santa Monica, New York or Chicago offices. This is a part-time paid internship over the Spring of 2020, January-May, with the option to extend through the summer as a full-time paid internship.


    The City Energy Project ( is a unique national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Cities want to work to create more sustainable urban communities but often lack the funding and resources to make the changes they envision. Working in partnership, the participating cities and the Project support solutions that cut energy waste, boost local economies, and reduce harmful pollution. In particular, NRDC and our partner organization, Institution for Market Transformation, assist mayoral offices with developing and advocating for policy as well as implementing innovative city programs to advance energy efficiency. City Energy Project is part of NRDC’s Healthy People, Thriving Communities program focused on place-based efforts to address climate change and equity.


    • Conduct research and develop resources at the intersection of energy efficiency, equity, and city-based initiatives
    • Conduct research on a wide range of needed topics including building energy policies, utility regulations, national energy efficiency initiatives and programs
    • Work closely with city staff on their energy efficiency plans
    • Draft public-facing resources such as case studies, factsheets, reports, blog posts, website content
    • Analyze energy use data or city building data as needed


    • Rising junior or senior in undergraduate; Master’s student preferred
    • Superior research and writing skills;
    • Strong data synthesis and analysis skills;
    • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills;
    • Demonstrated interest in equity, energy efficiency, urban sustainability, and/or the built environment
    • Additional consideration will be given to candidates who show demonstrable experience in communicating scientific and/or technical information (oral and/or written) to non-technical audiences and/or have experience and knowledge of equity issues and/or building energy efficiency policies and programs.
    • Basic competency in Excel and Google Docs


    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. 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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