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Feb 25 / BARD CEP

Climate and energy legislative intern, Friends of the Earth – Washington, DC

Organization: Friends of the Earth

Position Title: Climate and energy legislative intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and compensation: This temporary 3-month internship pays $10.50/hour, with 37.5 hour workweeks. There are no additional benefits


Application Deadline: Position open until filled

Description: Friends of the Earth is looking for a legislative intern to support its climate and energy program. The intern will work across a wide range of issues to help the team better follow actions that Congress and the administration are taking that impact public health and the environment. This position will be part of a team of six staff and will support their efforts to fend off environmental attacks by Republican leadership. Responsibilities will include tracking votes in Congress, attending hearings, producing lobbying materials, and following news coverage of Congress. The intern will learn about legislative processes and Congressional process, as well as important environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act and the Endangered Species Act.


  • Track congressional votes that impact the environment and public health;
  • Monitor news coverage of environmental legislation;
  • Monitor congressional hearings on topics that impact the environment and public health;
  • Draft and edit written materials including fact sheets, action alerts, letters to the editor, editorial board memos, press releases and letters to government officials;
  • Set up meetings with congressional staff;
  • Conduct research on climate and energy issues, such as hydraulic fracturing and carbon taxes;
  • Perform other functions as needed.


  • Ability to quickly learn in a fast paced environment;
  • Understanding of the political system, government, and the lawmaking processes;
  • Interest in progressive politics and promoting a progressive agenda;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • The ability to excel whether working individually or in teams;
  • Passion for protecting our planet and the people on it;
  • Attention to detail.

 How to Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume and short writing sample to with the subject heading “Legislative Internship.” No mail applications or phone calls.

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