The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) is seeking an International Policy Intern based in Washington, D.C. to start as soon as possible. Since 1985, CCAP has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, non-profit think-tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, national and international levels. CCAP helps policymakers around the world to develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.
The International Policy Intern will support CCAP’s Mitigation Action Implementation Network (MAIN) initiative, which seeks to catalyze the development of climate change mitigation policies in developing countries in Latin America and Asia. S/he will be responsible for conducting research and analysis on international climate policy – with a potential focus on energy, waste, or other sectors – as well as preparing reports and policy papers based on this research. S/he will also help prepare for upcoming CCAP-hosted conferences in Latin America and Asia, including drafting presentations and background materials. This position affords tremendous opportunity to participate in the development of cutting-edge climate change policy work. The Intern will likely have regular contact with developing-country policymakers and other experts and will have the opportunity to gain significant research experience in climate change policy and particular industry sectors. The Intern will report to the Project Manager and Senior Policy Staff.
This is a paid summer internship position, with the potential for full-time employment thereafter, depending on available funding and the Intern’s performance. Initial compensation will be based on the candidate’s qualifications, in the range of $14-$16 per hour.
• Conduct research and analysis on developing-country climate and energy policies, carbon markets, sustainable transportation policies, and low-emissions development.
• Prepare high-quality deliverables such as quantitative analyses, case studies, policy reports, memos, etc. with guidance or supervision from Senior Policy Staff/Project Manager.
• Proactively liaise with outside technical consultants, experts, and international policymakers on various assignments.
• Prepare presentations/conference materials for upcoming conferences and help with general preparation for these events.
The successful candidate for this position will be an articulate professional with experience in climate and energy policy, carbon markets, and/or sustainable development. The candidate will ideally hold a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental science, or public policy (with an advanced degree preferred) and have prior professional or academic research background focusing on quantitative/technical analysis. Additionally, ideal applicants will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes and experiences:
• Ability to conduct research on complicated policy issues in relevant areas, especially in circumstances where information availability is limited;
• Superior quantitative skills, oral and written communication skills in English with the ability to write for both policy and analytic audiences;
• Experience in organizing high-level conferences or events;
• Advanced organizational skills, attention to detail, and timeliness with deliverables;
• Ability to work in a collaborative environment; and
• A sense of humor, adaptability, humility, and creativity.
Applications, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word or pdf format), and one writing sample (containing quantitative or technical analysis including spreadsheet, if possible) should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type “International Policy Intern” and your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.