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Policy Intern – Washington, DC

Organization: US Climate Action Network (USCAN)

Job Title: Policy Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: 35 hours/week, $500 monthly stipend

Position Dates: Start August/Early September, though dates are flexible

Application Deadline: Rolling admission, so send in ASAP

Posted On: July 19th, 2012

Organization Overview

USCAN is the largest US network of organizations focused on climate change. USCAN plays a critical role as the only network connecting organizations working on climate advocacy and policy development at all three levels of the debate: state/regional, federal, and international, all of which are increasingly interdependent.

USCAN’s mission is to support and assist civil society organizations to influence the design and development of an effective, equitable and sustainable global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure its implementation at international, national and local levels.

USCAN is the US affiliate of the Climate Action Network (CAN-International), a global network of over 700 environment, energy, development, and faith based NGOs working collaboratively to address the causes of global warming and promote equitable solutions.


Help us tackle one of humanity’s greatest challenges! USCAN seeks an intern for three to six months to assist with policy and outreach activities. You will learn about domestic and international issues relating to climate change, including the international climate change negotiations, energy issues, and Clean Air Act issues. You will also become acquainted with the federal policy-making process and the various players and positions in the climate movement.

The position is located in our Washington, DC office. This internship offers a monthly stipend of $500, help obtaining college credit (if needed), and negotiable start and end dates. Daily commuting costs will be reimbursed.


  • Assist International Coordinator and Program Director/Domestic Policy Director with activities relating to international and domestic climate change policy
  • Attend briefings, congressional hearings, and coalition meetings
  • Research and write material for newsletters, web pages, action alerts, and fact sheets
  • Help research and write material for USCAN international negotiations briefing book.
  • Help organize coalition meetings and strategy sessions on international and domestic issues, including taking detailed notes on meeting discussions
  • Hand-deliver materials to congressional offices
  • Assist in organizing meetings and issue briefings for congressional staff
  • Participate in lobbying congressional offices by phone or in person, if professional and knowledgeable
  • Assist with outreach to USCAN member organizations
  • Assist other staff as needed
  • Take on other responsibilities as they develop, based on intern strengths and interests, ability to complete individual projects, and organizational needs.
  • Possible travel to assist at conferences/events.


  • Interest in climate change and enthusiasm for communicating with coalition partners and policy makers
  • Strong oral and writing skills and methodical research methods
  • Self-starter, flexible, able to manage multiple tasks
  • Some knowledge of Congress and/or international climate policy and negotiations a plus.
  • Good phone skills
  • Extroverted and friendly personality with good sense of humor is a must
  • Available at least 35 hours a week.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter with availability to Brent Ginsberg ( Please put the name of the internship and your name in the subject line of your email: “Policy Internship Application, First Name Last Name.”

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