Climate & Clean Energy Intern

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


The Climate & Clean Energy intern will provide research, writing, and communications support for senior staff of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Conservation Campaigns (GCC) and U.S. Government Relations (USGR) teams in the External Affairs Department. The GCC team consists of 10 staff who serve as consultants to TNC’s state chapters to help them achieve solutions to conservation challenges by increasing investments in nature and changing public attitudes and behaviors so that nature and people thrive. This includes advancing climate change and clean energy policy outcomes in the U.S. at the national and state level to spur action and build bridges across political spectrum.  
GCC’s expertise includes strategic planning, feasibility research, public opinion polling, message development, fundraising, campaign management and training. The intern will have the opportunity to observe this work firsthand as well as the federal advocacy efforts of the USGR team on national climate and clean energy policy. The intern will significantly benefit our program through content creation on various climate and clean energy topics, implementing online strategies, strategic research, marketing support, and message development.

USGR consists of 20+ staff who work with members of Congress, their staff and senior officials of the federal agencies to transform how we use the world's resources by affecting policy and practices that affirm the value of nature locally and globally. TNC most often pursues its public policy and public funding objectives in partnership with other organizations that share our mission. Maintaining strong partnerships with governments, other nonprofits and private sector organizations is an essential part of USGR’s approach. 



  • Assist GCC and USGR on national and state and/or local climate change and clean energy policy and advocacy efforts by supporting strategic research, marketing, and message development activities 
  • Support communication and social media efforts by curating content for TNC’s climate-related Twitter account and other potential social media platforms 
  • Attend meetings and conferences with senior staff members and provide logistical support on planning/implementing events 
  • Help produce content for our climate social media feed (Twitter, Facebook, and Workplace) 
  • Use images and content to produce sharable visuals or infographics and receive necessary training (as needed) on how to use social media listening tools to help monitor conversations on topic 
  • Assist with updating climate target spreadsheet by incorporating information from advocacy day and fly-bys, and other legislative issues
  • Assist with bill tracking, as needed
  • Participate in shadowing opportunities: committee hearings or legislative staff meetings on Capitol Hill to attend with USGR; partner coalition meetings in DC; USGR or IGR staff meetings; in-district legislator events or meetings in nearby Maryland, Virginia or Pennsylvania with state GR.



  • Enrolled as a current undergraduate of Middlebury College (graduating Seniors not eligible), in the areas of Environmental Studies, Political Science/Government Relations, Public Policy or related field, or equivalent 
  • Experience using MS office, Word, Excel, Publisher
  • Experience navigating the Internet for professional use 
  • Experience or skills in data tracking and/or research, and general program support such as meeting preparation
  • Experience with written and oral communication
  • Prior work on climate change or clean energy policies or advocacy campaigns 
  • Experience with social media, online metrics, digital engagement tools, and interest in content marketing 
  • Experience completing tasks independently 
  • Strong organization skills, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks