Summer 2023 E2 Diversity in Clean Energy Intern - Midwest and Southeast

Chicago, IL, US
10 days ago


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of ...

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Job Description


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 people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C. NRDC is seeking a Diversity in Clean Energy Summer intern to work with the E2 team associated with our Chicago office.


Position Summary


NRDC is seeking a summer intern to work with the E2 Team.


As a partner of NRDC, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) 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 $100 billion in private equity and venture capital. E2 is a part of NRDC’s Center for Policy Advocacy Program.


The intern will work remotely with the E2 staffers based in Illinois and North Carolina. Strong preference for candidates who live in or near these states so that they can take advantage of in-person time with E2 staff. The intern will work with E2 staff to develop, execute and support initiatives to advance current clean energy initiatives and policies. They will also help expand and amplify diverse business voices in support of these efforts. This is a full-time, paid internship that will run for 10 weeks from June through August.


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.


We are seeking one (1) intern to work remotely with E2 staff who are based in Chicago and Asheville.


The intern will support the priorities of the E2 Midwest chapter with an emphasis on Illinois and the E2 Southeast chapter with an emphasis on North Carolina and Virginia.


The position will include researching and developing clean jobs factsheets, identifying and amplifying positive stories of diverse clean energy businesses and emerging technologies, and supporting advocacy and regional communications efforts, membership recruitment and events development.


Additional responsibilities include managing E2 membership data and assisting E2 staff with event management.


  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • 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 or Graduate students enrolled in an accredited university/college program.
  • Some preference 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 (if an undergraduate student) or $10,000 (if a graduate or law student) 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.


The deadline to submit an application is Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.


Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, we ask 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 via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-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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