Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

Schneider Fellow - EEFA - Stanford Students Only

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/10/2020 3:59 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.



Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) unites people from diverse sectors and backgrounds to collectively make multifamily affordable homes energy and water efficient. EEFA builds power to change policies and practices by seeding and supporting coalitions in 12 states. Each of these state coalitions include a variety of housing, health, energy efficiency, environmental, environmental justice, renter, and community advocacy organizations that have not typically worked together in the past. EEFA supports these coalitions by providing coaching, training and funding; coordinating coalition activities; conducting research; and providing coalition-building and technical expertise. In addition, EEFA has developed four cross-cutting teams- Equity Working Group, Implementation Support, Federal Policy and Healthy Affordable Building Materials- in order to support the specific needs of the EEFA coalitions.


EEFA does this work so people in under-invested communities – particularly black, Latinx, and other communities of color – who have been marginalized can equitably benefit from the health, economic, and environmental advantages of energy and water efficiency. Reducing energy and water use in affordable multifamily housing will improve the quality of life for millions, preserve affordable housing across the country, reduce the energy burden on those who feel it the hardest, and cut carbon pollution.


The Fellow will receive direct mentorship from the Midwest Regional Director, and support from the Program Assistant, to develop a deliverable for their portfolio based in balancing what the project needs and what the Fellow hopes to tackle and learn. The Fellow’s work will support EEFA’s coalition priorities in Midwest EEFA states (IL, MI, MO, & MN), as well as national EEFA cross-cutting work as needed.


In addition, the Fellow will gain experience and exposure to several of EEFA’s priority issues, including:


  • Advancing equitable policies in multifamily affordable housing;
  • Coalition and network building;
  • Making homes healthier;
  • Preserving affordable housing;
  • Promoting program solutions related to financing, racial equity, and policy implementation;
  • Reducing energy burdens for residents;
  • Identifying and minimizing the barriers to policy implementation; and
  • Prioritizing equitable processes throughout all of EEFA’s work.



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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