Climate Corps is the premier graduate fellowship program to jump-start your career in clean energy or corporate sustainability.
Our program selects qualified graduate students from a variety of disciplines to work for a summer embedded within leading organizations to identify customized energy and climate solutions. Fellows will gain access to an interactive training as well continuing education, including professional development opportunities, online resources and webinars. Fellows join a network of over a thousand Climate Corps alumni and other energy and sustainability professionals, working to advance climate solutions in leading organizations around the world.
Since 2008, Climate Corps has placed over 1,100 fellows in host organizations including American Red Cross, Google, Lyft, NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability and TPG Capital. A list of 2021 host organizations will be available to candidates during the interview process. Fellows are matched with host organizations based on their location, industry and project type preferences. See the full list of past organizations on our website.
Projects to Match Your Unique Skills and Career Goals
Working under the guidance of a host supervisor and EDF engagement manager, fellows uncover energy and climate solutions for their host organization. Projects culminate in a written report and series of recommendations to the host organization. Projects may focus on:
Scaling Energy Efficiency: Identify energy and cost-saving measures, evaluate financing options and explore opportunities to implement advanced energy management technologies across a portfolio of buildings.
Creating Commitments: Develop greenhouse gas emissions targets that are based in science and create strategies to achieve emission reduction goals through data-driven analysis such as energy benchmarking and carbon accounting.
Accelerating Renewables & Electrification: Uncover opportunities for renewable energy generation, create strategies for increasing resiliency through microgrids and recommend tactics to increase the adoption of electric vehicles.
Evaluating Supply Chain Sustainability: Quantify and baseline scope 3 emissions and develop recommendations for engaging suppliers on energy related emission reduction opportunities.
Multiple locations, including New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; and other U.S. cities and towns; remote work may be an option
Job Type 8-12 week summer fellowship
Please visit our website to complete your 2021 fellow application. For early consideration and the best opportunity to be matched with your preferred host organization, please apply by December 1, 2020 11:59 pm PT. The final application deadline is January 11,. For more information about the timeline and program, please visit the Climate Corps website. Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
At the time of application, enrolled in a graduate certificate or degree program studying engineering, business, sustainability, environmental management, public policy or other relevant subjects
At least 2 years of work experience
Self-starter with project management and leadership experience
Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills
A passion for solving environmental challenges
Eligible to work in the United States during the summer of 2021
Depending on available projects, additional skills may be useful (but are not required):
Strong financial and quantitative skills, including project valuation
Demonstrated experience working on energy efficiency, clean energy or sustainability projects
Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
Familiarity with greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting frameworks (e.g., CDP, GHG Protocol, The Climate Registry)
In order to develop the most innovative and inclusive environmental solutions, we need sustainability leaders that represent the community we serve. The Climate Corps program is proud that our fellows represent a diverse population of individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and identities - both visible and invisible. We believe this diversity makes our program stronger.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Fellows are paid $1,250/week for 8-12 weeks.
About Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.
Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.
What distinguishes Environmental Defense Fund is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it.
We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations — as well as with business, government and communities — and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.