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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild. 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 in shaping current water policy throughout the country. NRDC has offices in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Bozeman, Montana and Beijing.

As a partner of NRDC, E2 is the business voice for the environment. E2 is a national, nonpartisan group of business owners, investors and others who advocate for policies that are good for the environment and good for the economy. E2’s 10,000+ members and supporters, organized in nine chapters stretching from New England to San Diego, have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies; created more than 600,000 jobs and control more than $100B in private equity and venture capital. E2 is a part of NRDC’s Center for Policy Advocacy Program.

Position Summary

NRDC is seeking a summer intern (1 position) who is pursuing a career in non-profit communications and is a strong writer to work remotely with the E2 team. Strong preference for candidates who live in or near Chicago and Washington D.C. where NRDC has offices so that they can work in the office 1-2 days/week.
The intern will work with E2 staff from across the country to develop, execute and support initiatives to advance current clean economy initiatives and policies. This is a full-time, paid internship that will run for 10 weeks from June through August 2024.

The intern will also receive a one-year membership in E2’s Emerging Leaders program, which comes with the full benefits of E2 membership, including educational programming, networking, advocacy and other opportunities.

As part of E2’s focus on promoting and increasing diversity in the clean energy industry, we encourage all to apply, especially those candidates from diverse backgrounds that are often underrepresented in the clean energy sector.

Candidates must submit a recent writing sample along with your resume and cover letter.

  • Work with E2’s communications director and regional staff to support our work amplifying the economic benefits of the clean economy transition.
  • Write public facing communication pieces (letters-to-the editor and op-eds) amplifying positive stories of diverse clean economy businesses.
  • Research local media outlets.
  • Draft content for E2’s Monthly Newsletter.
  • Review E2 online communications vehicles and contribute content to our website and our LinkedIn groups.
  • Support advocacy and regional communications efforts, membership recruitment and events development.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Ability to work a fast-paced environment with the capability to handle multiple tasks, work well under pressure and be detail-oriented;
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team. Ability to work remotely;
  • Strong interest in environmental protection/conservation, advocacy and enthusiasm for NRDC and E2’s mission;
  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint);
  • Current Junior and Senior Undergrads enrolled in an accredited university/college program.
  • Some preference is given to candidates that reside in the cities identified above.
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse 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 position is a paid internship with a stipend of $6,000 paid bi-weekly over the course of 10 weeks.

The incumbent will not qualify as an employee, fellow, volunteer, or independent contractor of NRDC, nor will the incumbent be guaranteed employment at the end of the internship term.

Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, and we encourage them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues. We call this purposeful presence.

As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination. Those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions. NRDC treats all vaccination-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws.

To apply, visit and upload your résumé and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs.

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