Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Schneider Fellow - ACCC - Stanford Students Only

Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/10/2020 3:53 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Healthy People and Thriving Communities [403000]


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy 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 the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. 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. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.



NRDC’s American Cities Climate Challenge (ACCC) team is an unprecedented program working with 25 cities across the country to help them meet their climate goals with a focus on emissions reduction in the buildings, energy, and transportation sectors. The ACCC seeks a summer fellow to help address local equitable decarbonization across these sectors. The fellow will support advocacy at the local, state, utility, and federal levels to accelerate progress on cities’ climate priorities. The fellow will perform research, data analysis, resource creation, capacity building, and strategy support to help the team as they guide cities to achieve equitable decarbonization locally and use their influence at the state and federal levels to create transformational change.

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, and promoting electric vehicles. The fellow may work on these policies by supporting the passage of legislation through city councils, state legislatures, and Congress, and interventions at the public utility commission.   

The fellow will attend meetings to learn how we develop and implement strategy to achieve policy outcomes at the local, state, utility, and federal levels utilizing best practices, community-driven planning, and robust climate data and equity indicators. The research and analysis they perform will be instrumental to help our cities work meaningfully with stakeholders and community leaders to achieve their climate and equity goals to ensure cities can meet or exceed Paris commitments as well as improve public health, promote



NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

This is a Stanford paid internship with a full stipend of $9,000. 

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, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.

For further information about NRDC, please visit


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