Internship: DC Office

Internship: DC Office

Climate Focus is seeking a sustainable land use intern to join our office in Washington, D.C. in a full- or part-time capacity for 3 months with the possibility for extension up to 6 months. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a pioneering, versatile, and dynamic organization that is committed to advancing new research, analysis, and implementation of land use policy. The successful candidate will be a team player and be familiar and comfortable working in a range of environments and geographies with a diverse group of clients and colleagues. This is a paid internship.

As part of this internship you will have the chance to work in close collaboration with Climate Focus staff to:

  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research and analysis on issues including, but not limited to, deforestation-free production of commodities, sustainable supply chains, climate smart agriculture, and climate finance
  • Support advisory projects for government, multilateral, and private sector clients in agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU)
  • Conduct financial and technical analysis of land use business models
  • Assist in business development efforts through proposal writing and coordination

The successful candidate will have or be actively pursuing a graduate degree in environmental policy, business, economics, forestry, agriculture, or a related discipline. A full-time (40 hours/week) role is preferred, but a candidate should be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Climate Focus staff in DC have primarily worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, but in person work and meetings at our office are resuming as public health considerations allow. Therefore a DC-based candidate is strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Demonstrated experience and interest in sustainable commodity production and supply chains, agriculture, climate policy, and/or finance, with relevant academic and/or professional experience.
  • Strong research skills and analytical capacities, both qualitative and quantitative.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work well within teams across disciplines and cultures.
  • Pro-active intra-team communication skills, motivation and self-discipline required to succeed during work-from-home
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required, and advanced language skills or fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under multiple and competing deadlines.
  • Permission to work in the U.S.

Interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter in English via e-mail to Erin D. Matson. Please include the word “Internship” in the subject line. Your cover letter should include your availability to start and your expected hours per week.

Applications will be considered until June 18th, 2021 with flexible start date between mid-July and the end of August, 2021.