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Neighborhood Development Research Internship – Washington D.C.

Organization: U.S. Green Building Council

Job Title: Neighborhood Development Research Internship

Location: Washington D.C.

Hours and Compensation: 20-40 hrs/wk, unpaid

Application Deadline: n/a

Posted On: April 29, 2013


Organization Overview:

The U.S. Green Building Council, a Washington, D.C.-based national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally-responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work, has an opportunity for a practical learning experience for a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student through an unpaid internship with its LEED for Neighborhood Development team during the Summer.


The Neighborhood Development Research Internship is an opportunity to gain a strong understanding of the LEED for Neighborhood Development technical criteria as well as other neighborhood-scale evaluation frameworks, such as the EcoDistricts process, and sustainability indicators. Candidates must be able to work in USGBC’s Washington, D.C., office. The ability to work 20-40 hours per week for a 3 month period is preferred. The position is unpaid and ability to receive course credit for the internship is required.


  • Conduct research on sustainability performance metrics
  • Complete research on district-scale self assessment tools and resources and best practices of community organizations leading such efforts
  • Complete case studies on LEED-ND projects for district-scale case studies on LEED-ND pilot projects that were existing neighborhoods or a review of a small area plan
  • Carry out analysis of local government sector plans and their assessment against LEED-ND criteria
  • Research local government policy adoptions and update LEED-ND Local Government Guide


Education & trainings requirements/preferences

  • Current enrollment in graduate or undergraduate program in Urban Planning, Public Policy, or Environment Science, or a related field required

Experience requirements

  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

Other required skills and qualifications

  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission
  • Strong written and research skills
  • Excellent project coordination, organizational, and problem-solving skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and work with short deadlines
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for delivering high quality work
  • Team player with strong interpersonal skills

How to Apply:

If you find a position that is a great fit with your expertise and experience, please
  • Email or fax your resume and a letter of interest to our human resources department.
  • Note the title of the position you are applying for and your salary requirements.
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents.
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