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Policy Intern – Washington DC

Organization: Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)

Job Title: Policy Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: Unpaid, this internship requires a commitment of 25-40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks, with a possible extension.

Application Deadline: August 1st, 2012

Posted On: July 10th, 2012


Assist EESI Staff with research and writing projects focusing on energy and environmentally-related policy issues including, but not limited to: climate change, sustainable transportation and green communities, smart growth, high performance green buildings, energy efficiency initiatives, renewable energy and other various topics as needed.


  • Research, write, and edit articles and web content on a broad range of energy, environment, and policy issues.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, other legislative activities and scientific and policy briefings and share observations with staff verbally or in writing.
  • Policy research and analysis, including budget, appropriations and current and upcoming legislation at the federal and state level.
  • Research and draft program and legislative reports (fact sheets, white papers.)
  • Assist with outreach, logistical preparation and execution of EESI sponsored Congressional briefings.
  • Identify, monitor and report on relevant science, technology and policy issues.
  • Update and maintain social media presence.
  • Project-related administrative tasks as necessary.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (or degree in progress) in a field directly related to environmental policy or public policy. (This requirement may be waived for candidates with demonstrated skill, experience, and interest in these fields.)
  • Interest in environmental and energy issues, with particular enthusiasm for the communication of pertinent information to policymakers and other interested parties.
  • Strong writing and research skills; clear and concise writing is required for newsletters, hearing/briefing write-ups and facts sheets.
  • Detail-oriented
  • Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks
  • Open to feedback, with strong desire to develop professional skills
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Ability to represent EESI professionally at events on Capitol Hill
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

How to Apply

Please submit the following to Alison Alford at aalford [at]

  • Cover letter explaining your interests, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute during an internship with EESI. Please include any specific areas of interest in the energy and environmental field.
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample, two-to-five pages in length; can be an excerpt of longer paper.
  • Unofficial transcript
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