Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

  • Schneider Fellow - Climate and Clean Energy Electric Vehicles

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/20/2019 9:44 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    International [404000]
  • 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 Program (C&CE) is seeking a Fellow to work on accelerating investments in clean transportation while also reducing barriers to this transition. Currently, governments at the city, state, and national level in multiple jurisdictions are incentivizing the transition to zero-emission vehicles through direct incentives to consumers and direct investments in charging infrastructure. To more rapidly address climate change and reduce air pollution, an order-of-magnitude scale up in these investments will be necessary.  By the same token, some policymakers have adopted policies to tax electric-vehicle (EV) drivers at rates much higher than the average driver to pay for road maintenance and construction, creating a large barrier to EV adoption. The fellow will work to evaluate and develop concepts for innovative financing mechanisms, including green (or climate) bonds being applied to EVs as well as to the construction of charging infrastructure. The fellow will also engage in policy efforts to have states adopt a more equitable and comprehensive road funding system in lieu of establishing high fees or taxes on electric-vehicles. The work will entail speaking with experts in the financial sector, agency officials operating incentive programs, and policymakers engaged with road funding. The fellow may conduct financial spreadsheet analysis as well as writing assignments for purposes of incorporation into NRDC reports, factsheets, or briefings.


    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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