Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment Intern, Climate Corps

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 700 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.


EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

Program Overview

Climate Corps (www.edfclimatecorps.org) is a network of professionals united to advance climate solutions. This network is grounded in an innovative summer fellowship program which embeds trained graduate students in companies, cities, and universities to accelerate and advance climate and energy goals. Since the program's launch in 2008, Climate Corps fellows have uncovered over $1.6 billion dollars in energy savings for participating organizations. With a network of over 2,200 professionals, Climate Corps seeks to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system by inspiring and empowering leaders.

As a top-level graduate sustainability fellowship program, Climate Corps is on the front lines of recruiting young professionals that are on a trajectory to become the sustainability leaders of tomorrow. We believe it is critical to harness a diverse set of perspectives, ideas and solutions to tackle climate change and environmental problems and that the experts generating and delivering solutions should better reflect the populations in which they live and serve. Climate Corps is uniquely positioned to address these issues by recruiting a diverse pool of applicants to the fellowship program and strengthening Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices holistically across our program.

Overall Function

The intern will play a key role in advancing our recruitment campaign to attract a diverse pool of graduate students to the Climate Corps program. Working with the Climate Corps recruitment team and DEI Committee, the intern will provide research and analysis that will strengthen recruitment practices for the 2021 fellowship cycle. The final deliverable will be a landscape analysis of graduate programs and a report of best practices that will be utilized in the fall fellow recruitment campaign.

Key Responsibilities         

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct a landscape analysis of the demographics of graduate programs in the US
  • Develop recommendations for key universities, programs and student groups to target for 2021 fellow recruiting
  • Research best practices for fellow recruitment messages that resonate with different student populations
  • Research best practices and new areas of opportunity for DEI within the Climate Corps program
  • Serve as an active participant in the Climate Corps DEI Committee


  • Enrolled in or recently graduated from an undergraduate degree program
  • Interest in contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts
  • Passion for environmental issues
  • Ability to organize data and information and present findings in a thoughtful manner
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills


Boston, MA


10 weeks during summer 2020


35 hours/week


This internship would involve either compensation for work paid at a rate competitive with leading non-profits or academic credit. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit or funding through their college/university and EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application.

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.