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Aug 13 / BARD CEP

Communications and Outreach Intern – Washington, DC

Organization: USCAN (Climate Action Network)

Job Title: Communications and Outreach Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: 35 hrs/wk, monthly stipend of $800

Position Dates: Start August 20, flexible;  4-6 months; negotiable start and end dates

Application Deadline: Until position is filled

Posted On: August 13

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 arm of the Climate Action Network (CAN), 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.


Do you have a creative streak and an aptitude for design? Would you like to get plugged into the DC environmental scene in a way few other internships can do?

The US Climate Action Network (USCAN) is the largest US network of organizations focused on energy and climate issues. Rather than intern at just one organization, a position with us will introduce you to and put you in touch with our entire network. Get a bird’s-eye perspective of who’s doing what across the country on energy and climate advocacy, while getting real-world experience, and making important connections.

This 4-6 month internship will assist with online communications and outreach; working with a diverse collection of the key organizations that make up clean energy and climate movement. The position is located in our Washington, DC office. This internship offers a monthly stipend of $800, help obtaining college credit (if needed), and negotiable start and end dates.

USCAN seeks an intern with a commitment to environmental or social justice issues and is currently accepting applications until the position is filled.  The ideal candidate would start the week of August 20th, but start dates are flexible.


• Design, create, and update various web pages for dynamic USCAN site;

• Attend and assist organizing community meetings;

• Design new outreach documents and digital material;

• Attend briefings, congressional hearings, and other events as needed;

• Aid in editing and compiling weekly email newsletters and web content on energy and climate issues;

• Assist in organizing briefings for USCAN members;

• Help USCAN take our social media work to the next level;

• Research, identify, categorize, and upload key publications, polling data, press releases and other resources to the USCAN website to assist our member organizations;

• Help coordinate USCAN member surveys;

• Assist other staff as needed, such as delivery of materials to congressional offices;


• Understanding of HTML required and familiarity with Photoshop, CSS, Plone and/or SQL is a big plus.

• Strong oral and writing skills, and methodical research methods;

• Self-starter, flexible, able to manage multiple tasks;

• Interest in climate change, with particular enthusiasm for communicating information to coalition partners, and policy-makers;

• Some knowledge of key players and climate change policy issues a plus;

• Ability to work independently and in a team, and to telecommute when appropriate;

• 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

Send a resume and cover letter with availability to Marie Risalvato ( Please subject your email “ Communications and Outreach Intern First Name Last Name.”

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