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Environmental Justice and Climate Policy Intern, Institute for Policy Studies – Washington, DC

Organization: Institute for Policy Studies

Position Title: Environmental Justice and Climate Policy Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Dates and compensation: While we’re psyched about the training experience we’re offering, we also know that you can’t pay for groceries with experience; therefore, we offer a maximum stipend of $3,800 to offset the cost of working with IPS while you help us build the future of the progressive movement.

IPS firmly believes that financial barriers shouldn’t exclude people from internship opportunities. However, we strongly encourage applicants to find resources through their schools and other scholarships. Many schools offer assistance for summer internship programs, and we ask that all applicants explore those options first in order to allow us to accept a greater number of interns that do not have access to those resources.

Interns may also receive academic credit. IPS offers transportation assistance of 8$ per day but does not offer housing assistance.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2015

Description: The Next Leaders Program aims to compel action by sharpening young voices and new ideas through training in public scholarship, a term we define as the connection between policy research and grassroots activism. Team up with us for this 10 week program, and you can forget fetching coffee and filing folders!

Responsibilities: Our summer intern will help support our domestic climate justice work in collaboration with the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and other US partners. This summer we will be engaging through writing, research, analysis and policy proposals in the following efforts:

  1. EPA’s announcement of final guidance to states via the Clean Power Plan
  2. Support CJA and its members in developing an Energy Democracy Platform
  3. Support CJA’s “Summer of Our Power” tour and help prepare for 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina capstone event in New Orleans (does not include traveling to LA)

Qualifications: We’re looking for someone with a passion for climate justice and an understanding of the connection between economic, racial and environmental justice (you don’t need to be an expert, but should at least have an inkling and a willingness to explore innovative approaches to addressing climate change and inequality)

  1. Strong writing and research skills

Takes initiative and takes research risks within agreed parameters

How to Apply:

Part 1: Please fill out the application form found here. Be sure to select “Climate Justice, Environment, and Sustainability” as your issue of interest on the form.

Part 2: When you’ve submitted your form, please send your resume and a 2-page writing sample to [email protected] with “Next Leaders Application” in the subject line. For your writing sample, we say, go wild! This can be a blog piece, an essay excerpt, a letter to the editor for a newspaper, an article in your school’s newspaper, etc.

Feel free to provide a couple sentences of context if you’re excerpting your selection from a larger piece. The important thing is for us to get a sense of something you’re passionate about…oh, and, we’d love to see if you can string a sentence together too.

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