United Nations Foundation

  • Intern, State Climate Policy, U.S. Climate Alliance

    Job Location US-DC
  • Overview

    The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.


    The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of U.S. states and territories committed to upholding the greenhouse gas emission reduction goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Members of the Alliance will collaborate to ensure that there continues to be a contribution from the U.S. to the global effort to address climate change.


    The Alliance was established on June 1, 2017 following the federal government’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Governors Andrew Cuomo, Jay Inslee and Jerry Brown established the Alliance as co-chairs. The Alliance currently consists of 17 members: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Puerto Rico. The Alliance now represents over 40% of the US population and roughly $9 trillion in economic activity – enough to be the world’s third largest economy.


    The Alliance is working in the following areas: Advanced Transportation, Building Transformation, Natural & Working Lands, Climate Resilience, Power Grid Modernization, Super Pollutants (methane and HFCs), Clean Energy Finance and International Cooperation.


    • Conduct research and analysis on state climate policies, including on clean energy, energy efficiency, natural and working lands, short-lived climate pollutants, climate resilience and advanced transportation;
    • Prepare briefing memos, presentations, talking points, and Q&A on specific issue areas or to prepare for meetings, and brief the Executive Director or Alliance States as appropriate;
    • Support the Alliance’s social media presence, including by drafting blogs, and maintain our website;
    • Assist with managing program data, including contacts, materials, records, etc.;
    • Represent the Alliance at energy and climate-related events or calls, and take timely and concise notes;
    • Provide administrative and event management support as needed, including meeting scheduling; and
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Selection Criteria

    • Must be detail-oriented and have strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university. 
      Demonstrated interest in the UN or international development.
    • Working knowledge of state climate policy is strongly desired.
      Familiarity with social media management, communication and/or data analysis a plus.
    • Ability to multi-task and handle competing priorities.
      Be a team player, but able to work independently under tight deadlines.

    Other Information

    The UN Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships. This intern should be able to start in January 2019.


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