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Climate and Energy Intern — Washington, D.C.

Organization: Worldwatch Institute

Job Title: Climate and Energy Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Hours and Compensation: part time/full time, unpaid

Application Deadline: rolling

Position Dates: Start – December 2012 or January 2013

Posted On: Dec. 6, 2012

Organization Overview

The Worldwatch Institute is an independent research organization known for intellectual depth and currency. Trusted as a source of information for government leaders, corporate executives, university professors, environmental activists, journalists and concerned citizens, Worldwatch provides deliverables empowering decision makers to work toward an environmentally sustainable society. The Institute’s State of the World report is published annually in more than 20 languages, including Mandarin.

The Worldwatch Institute has a solid reputation and connections in China, where the government has translated and distributed the Institute’s reports for more than two decades. Even the Worldwatch book Who Will Feed China?, which was rejected by the government when it was first published in the 1990s, has been praised more recently by the country’s officials, including Premier Wen Jiaobao. Worldwatch has advised the Chinese government on environmental transformation strategies, climate policies, and its national law on renewable energy and will continue helping Chinese decision makers explore an effective transition to a green economy.


The Worldwatch Institute, headquartered in Washington DC, seeks to hire Washington, DC based interns to work in our China program. The successful candidate will provide research and analysis on China’s climate and energy policies, and explore broader China-related environmental and development issues.


  • Track and analyze climate and energy policies on China’s national and provincial levels including governmental and industrial actions;
  • Assist the China Program Manager in contributing to the ongoing research projects;
  • Provide research assistance for Worldwatch’s other China related projects, including participation in proposal development;
  • Contribute to Worldwatch publications, including reports, the Worldwatch magazine, blogs, and policy papers;


  • Graduate students who have a strong interest in both climate & energy issues and China studies;
  • Excellent oral and written language proficiency in English; fluent in Mandarin or at least can read Chinese written materials;
  • Excellent quantitative skills and research skills and the ability to understand and articulate sophisticated economic, policy and technical analyses;
  • Outstanding communications and interpersonal skills enabling him/her to work well both in teams and independently;
  • Advanced degree in China studies, Environmental Science, Economics, Environmental Policy, or other related fields.

How to Apply

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, Mandarin and English writing samples, contact information for at least three professional references, as well as any other relevant material to Haibing Ma: with ‘China Program Internship” in the subject line.

No telephone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will contact only those persons selected for an interview.

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