State Climate Policy Network Fall Fellowships

Application Deadline: July 26th

Climate XChange (CXC) provides research, education, and advocacy tools to move the US towards a low-carbon economy. To achieve this, we conduct research, draft policy, author articles, and help leverage action confronting the climate crisis. 

The State Climate Policy Network (SCPN) is a rapidly-growing project within the organization that includes more than 15,000 advocates and policymakers across the country who are pushing for effective and equitable climate policies in their states.. We help provide these individuals with the tools they need to advance their campaigns for strong and equitable climate policies. 

Each semester, we select State Climate Policy Network fellows to conduct research, provide media coverage, and bring new stakeholders into the conversation. Each fellow helps spearhead our research in a particular policy area, while also joining another team within the organization. 

Why Apply?

At Climate XChange, we pride ourselves on our robust fellowship program, which seeks to provide a unique professional opportunity to all fellows while empowering individuals to advance the work of climate action in a substantial way. In addition to the responsibilities listed below, we encourage fellows to proactively suggest new projects that advance CXC’s goals and create opportunities for their professional growth. 

Main responsibilities

  • Tracking state-level legislation across the country and helping to create an inventory of bills 
  • Conducting policy analysis for internal reports and website articles 
  • Writing articles and blog posts for the Climate XChange website and weekly newsletter that reaches an audience of 15,000
  • Researching specific policy areas within climate policy, including industrial policy, agricultural policy, electricity policy, transportation policy, etc
  • Reaching out to key stakeholders and bringing them into the network
  • Joining an additional CXC team — options include Research, Communications, Massachusetts Campaign, and Maryland Campaign 

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to work independently after initial guidance
  • Flexible and able to tackle multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Attention to detail applied to research and written assignments
  • Registered full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student

 

Apply now if you want to: 

  • Improve your research, writing, and communication skills
  • Become well-versed in carbon pricing and climate policy
  • Engage in networking opportunities with government officials, sustainability experts, academics, and others in the climate space 
  • Enjoy a flexible schedule 
  • Network with other students and professionals in this space

Apply for this Opportunity

Please submit the following application for the Fall 2021 State Climate Policy Network Fellowship Program. We will be in touch by mid-August if you are selected to move forward to the next stage of the application.

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    • For this assignment, please pick any state, and any introduced or passed climate bill, and write a brief, ~500 word article about it. For example, you could write about Virginia's Clean Energy Jobs Act, and its potential impacts on emission reductions and environmental justice. Or, you could write about New Hampshire's proposed climate legislation, and why it failed this session. Regardless of what you choose, please stick to a journalistic writing style (rather than an academic one) — similar to pieces on our website: https://climate-xchange.org/category/politics/
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      Location: Remote

      Reports to: Noa Dalzell, State Climate Policy Network Director

      Hours: 10 hours per week, flexible schedule 

      Dates: September 20th – December 17th

      This is an unpaid student training program with a reimbursement for phone and internet costs incurred during the fellowship. To be eligible for this program, you must be a current undergraduate or graduate student. Upon acceptance of a Fellow role, you will be asked to verify your enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program that the Fellow’s role is aligned with your curriculum or academic program.