Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Schneider Fellow - Climate and Clean Energy DC - Stanford Students Only

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/10/2020 3:57 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Climate and Clean Energy [402000]


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 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, with potential opportunities to work with state C&CE advocates and colleagues in the international and nature programs depending on fellow interest.


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 2021 report will focus on 2020 and the impact of COVID on the U.S. and global energy system. 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) drafting sections of the 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 nature and international colleagues on the potential obstacles and advantages of different decarbonization strategies and policies.
  • And assist with the development and review of other climate & clean energy materials, such as blogs, state-specific fact sheets, and comments.



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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