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Energy and Climate Program Intern: Climate Risk – San Francisco, CA

Organization: The Center for the NextGeneration

Position Title: Energy and Climate Program Intern: Climate Risk

Location: San Francisco, CA

Hours & Compensation: 25 hrs/wk. Paid. Next Generation is located in downtown San Francisco and pays $15-20/hour depending on qualifications and experience. The candidate must be able to commit approximately 20 hours per week and able to commute to San Francisco. Next Generation provides a monthly transit allowance to interns to help cover costs associated with travel to and from the office.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2013

Organization Overview:

Next Generation is a nonpartisan strategic communications and research nonprofit organization that supports programs and policies that benefit the next generation of young Americans. Driven by high-quality research and data, Next Generation uses targeted communications to drive the development of an advanced energy economy and to build support for ensuring that America’s young people grow up healthy, are properly educated and well-prepared for the workforce. We believe that these are the keys to a stronger, more prosperous America.


We need brilliant minds to help make the case for policies that encourage smart and sustainable economic development. The intern will work closely with the Director of Energy and Climate and key project staff on a major research and communications campaign focused on understanding and communicating the economic risks of climate change in the United States. The campaign will launch in Fall 2013, so it is a unique opportunity to help shape the effort from its beginning.

Successful candidates must have experience or exposure to climate change-related issues (e.g., science, impacts and solutions), particularly as they intersect with economics and federal/state policy, and must be strong writers with proven research abilities. Next Generation’s energy and climate interns are engaged in all facets of the program, including policy development, strategic communications, influencing public opinion and framing the debate around energy and sustainability. Interns must be comfortable operating under strict deadlines and working in a fast-paced, evolving environment.

This internship will run for three months.

Your typical day might include:

  • Researching climate change issues using national and state data sets and reports
  • Identifying and summarizing/utilizing national reports and research on climate change impacts and science-related policy issues
  • Writing reports, issue briefs, fact sheets, blog posts, and other internal and external products on climate-related issues
  • Helping organize occasional convenings, roundtables, and other public and private events related to the Center’s work on climate change
  • Light administrative help as needed (scheduling meetings, filing paperwork)


  • Demonstrated interest in issues concerning climate change, especially as these issues intersect with economics and federal/state policy
  • Excellent analytical, writing and editing, and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in online research
  • Experience researching and manipulating public data sets
  • Skilled in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Proficiency with Geographic Information Systems software preferred but not required
  • Ability to work in our San Francisco office

How to Apply: 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume, and two writing samples to Please put “Energy and Climate Program Intern: Climate Risk” in the subject line.

Due to the volume of applications received, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Please do not call the office with inquiries.

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