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Internship Opportunities

Climate Institute interns are given the opportunity to make hands-on contributions to exciting new initiatives that have the potential to substantially help mitigate climate change. Located in the heart of D.C.’s think tank row, Climate Institute interns often make meaningful connections with policy makers, scientists, and business leaders that can help advance their careers in thecropped-IMG_1949 environmental community. We are looking for bright and enthusiastic students or recent graduates that are willing to take initiative on advancing our projects. Candidates who are able to work in our Washington D.C. office are preferred, but we also encourage prospective candidates who are unable to relocate to apply for our virtual internship program. Please see the following internship descriptions and send your application,  consisting of your resume, a cover letter, a short writing sample, and the internship title in the subject line, to info@climate.org.  If you are applying for the Writer position, in 500 words or less, describe a climate-related policy change you’d like to see.  This could be a change in domestic or international law,  the enforcement of existing law,  existing institutional structures, financing mechanisms, or anything else that you think might better enable us to deal with the challenges presented by climate change.

At present, all of our internship positions are unpaid.

We are now taking applications for summer internship positions.

Research Intern


  • Conducting research and performing analyses of research for our various projects supporting companies and initiatives
  • Developing action plans and implementation strategies for partners
  • Drafting documents for Climate Institute partners
  • Contacting and interviewing field experts to inform Climate Institute objectives


  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to express researched information into summarized documents
  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to work in a team-oriented environment
  • Writing skills

Individual Research Interns will be assigned projects from one of our initiatives, all of which are described here, according to their skills and interests by our Staff Director. Applicants are encouraged to identify which initiative interests them in their cover letters.

Social Media and Web Content Manager


  • Have primary responsibility of  keeping social media accounts active
  • Work with staff members and interns to post up to date news about climate change issues on Climate Alert Blog and Climate.org website
  • Continually post creative web content on Climate.org with a focus on attracting new visitors
  • Assist in editing duties from time to time


  • Experience in handling social media accounts
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Basic knowledge of modern climate change issues
  • Knowledge of new media
  • Familiarity with, or a willingness to learn WordPress



  • Research specific issues and news about climate change
  • Write articles and blog posts about corresponding research topics
  • Follow designated guidelines
  • Coordinated with other writers and editors


  • Demonstrably strong writing ability
  • Communication skills
  • Strong belief in our mission statement commitment to promote innovative and practical solutions
  • Expertise in climatology and/or public policy