Summer 2023 Health Equity Intern

Washington, DC, US
17 days ago


Natural Resources Defense Council

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 Health Equity intern to work with the Environment, Equity and Justice Center team associated with our Washington DC office.


Position Summary


This position will support the Community Strategies team, a part of NRDC's Environment, Equity, and Justice Center (EEJC) with environmental health research, data analysis, and professional writing. The Community Strategies team works on policy, partnerships, and capacity-building within NRDC and with key external partners through the frameworks of environment, health equity, and economic justice. This candidate would complete analysis, support health assessments, engage in data collection, and create original materials to showcase community health assessment options for marginalized community members. Depending on level of interest and expertise, there will be opportunities to support or lead data collection, scoping, and engage in statistical and quantitative analysis for health impact (HIAs) and health risk analysis assessments (HRAs).


In addition, the Health Equity Intern will write, develop, and curate environmental health, community health, and health equity resources for communities of color, low-income communities, and other marginalized communities. The role will require researching, drafting, and publishing blogs, fact sheets, or reports. This position will also be expected to work with members of the Community Strategies and EEJC team to identify key health, climate, and social policy metrics and relevant datasets that can be tracked by partners to improve community access to health and climate data with a focus on racial equity.


  • Engage in research on health equity, social determinants of health, built environment, climate resiliency and different forms of health assessments
  • Develop informative and readable community resources for partners on community health assessments
  • Write blogs, articles, fact sheets, and support report development
  • Identify existing health data sets for marginalized populations and utilize for data analysis
  • Breakdown differences in community assessment tools for health and climate impacts
  • Research and draft scope health assessment formats including health impact assessments and risk analysis assessments
  • Depending on experience, perform statistical/quantitative analysis on population level health outcomes



  • Commitment to NRDC’s mission and values.
  • Academic or work experience in public health; risk sciences; environmental health; environmental science; climate adaptation; community health; and or related degrees
  • Familiarity with Health Risk Assessments, Health Impact Assessments, and other community assessment methods
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service, equity, social justice, environmental justice, and/or environmental advocacy
  • Demonstrated competency in working with people with different social identities than their own (including race, gender, sexual identity or orientation, age, class, and ability)
  • Working knowledge of social determinants of health, epidemiology, health impacts of climate and environmental risk factors or risk sciences
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills
  • Strong written communication skillsCurrent or recent enrollment in degree program


  • Experience with statistical analysis (R or Stata)
  • Experience with GIS, Canva, or other mapping and digital design software
  • Experience with academic publications and professional writing
  • Experience collaborating with environmental justice communities, climate justice groups, or marginalized communities


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 for undergraduate students or $10,000 for gradudate students 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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Natural Resources Defense Council

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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