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Policy Intern – Washington, DC

Organization:  US Climate Action Network

Position Title: Policy Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours & Compensation:  35 hours/week. Monthly stipend of $500.

Position Dates: Three to six month internship, negotiable start and end dates.

Application Deadline: As soon as possible. Interviews conducted on a rolling basis

Organization Overview:

USCAN was created in 1989 by groups working on global warming in response to the need for a forum for joint strategy development and advocacy to affect change in a coordinated way at the state and local level as well as at the United Nations and in Washington, DC.

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 becoming increasingly interdependent.

USCAN is an affiliate network of the Climate Action Network (CAN), a worldwide network of more than 700 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from 90 countries working to promote government, private sector and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.


The US Climate Action Network (USCAN) seeks an intern with a commitment to environmental or social justice issues and is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis.

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.


  • 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:  USCAN would like to fill this position immediately and is conducting interviews on a rolling basis. Send a resume and cover letter with availability to Please put the name of the internship and your name in the subject line of your email: “Policy Internship Application, First Name Last Name”.

Contact Information:

US Climate Action Network,

1810 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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