Center for Clean Air Policy
Washington, DC
Mar 06, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time

The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has an opening for a graduate-level, policy summer internship based in Washington, D.C. Since 1985, CCAP has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is 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 intern will support CCAP's international and domestic work. S/he will provide research, report-writing and conference-preparation support for CCAP's projects focused on climate change mitigation policies. S/he will have the opportunity to contribute to research on important climate and energy topics, potentially including policies to support waste sector transformation, international climate change mitigation commitments, oil and gas regulation, carbon markets, climate finance, and distributed energy resources. The intern will have contact with developing-country policymakers and other experts, and will participate in cutting-edge climate change policy work.

This position is an unpaid, 8-12 weeks internship (minimum of 30 hours a week), available for summer 2017. The intern will report to CCAP policy staff.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and quantitative analysis on developing-country policies
  • Policy analysis and writing
  • Preparation support for workshops and stakeholder meetings
  • Interaction with outside technical consultants, experts, and international policymakers on various assignments

The intern will support any number of the following projects:

  • Waste initiative - Research, quantitative analysis and policy writing support on mitigation of methane and other GHG emissions from the municipal solid waste sector in East Africa and in Latin America.
  • UNFCCC policy - Perform literature review of international and domestic carbon markets; review and summarize UNFCCC submissions; support the creation of a database of projects approved by the Green Climate Fund.
  • Oil and Gas sector - Research on current oil and gas regulation in developing countries.
  • U.S. climate policy - Research on policies and measures to build political support for effective and cost-effective systems that reduce conventional air pollutants and air toxics alongside greenhouse gases.
  • Energy - Research on policy options to promote Distributed Energy Resources.


  • Current graduate student from a program in public policy, international relations, economics, environmental science or related field
  • Coursework or experience in environmental, climate, and energy policy required
  • Excellent research and writing skills required
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to quickly get up to speed on technical issues
  • Ability to understand legal/regulatory text a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish, including the ability to speak and write to policy audiences a plus
  • Prior experience a plus


Applications, including a cover letter describing how your qualifications and interests match the responsibilities and projects described above, your resume (in Word or PDF format), and one writing sample should be sent to internships@ccap.org. Please also reference where you learned of the position. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type "Policy Internship" and your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Center for Clean Air Policy is an equal opportunity employer.

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