Next available position: Winter 2017 semester.

Join EESI as a development intern and learn about all of EESI's sustainable energy and climate change work, while learning critical research, marketing, writing, and fundraising skills. Work with Director of Development on a wide range of activities to hone your skills. 

Potential Intern Activities

  • Research potential funding sources (foundations, corporations, individuals, public sources)
  • Research and summarize variety of sustainable funding issues for use in grant proposals
  • Explore creative ways to increase EESI's visibility through marketing
  • Contribute to the development of marketing materials (i.e., graphic design, layout) in conjunction with EESI’s Development Director, Communications Coordinator and Communications Interns
  • Work with staff on ways to further engage EESI's Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and major donors
  • Represent EESI at official EESI briefings and other events
  • Explore grant opportunities and assist with writing, editing, and proofreading of grant proposal on climate, energy, transportation, buildings, and related topics
  • Data entry and donor acknowledgment
  • Other responsibilities as they develop, based on intern interest areas and organization needs

Intern Qualifications

  • Upperclassmen pursuing a bachelor's degree, recent graduates or students pursuing a master's degree in marketing, public relations, communications, journalism, politics, nonprofit management, public affairs, environmental studies, or a related field. Career changers are also very welcome.
  • Interest in environmental and energy issues, with particular enthusiasm for the communication of pertinent information to funders and potential funders
  • Graphic design and layout skills a plus
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with database software (especially Salesforce) and web software a plus
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Creativity and openness to expressing new ideas and capacity to produce questions that will further EESI’s mission

Internship Application Requirements

This internship requires a commitment of 25-40 hours per week for 10-12 weeks, with a possible extension. Please specify the time period during which you seek to intern. Citizens of any nation may apply. We offer a friendly, informal and progressive work environment.

To apply please submit the following to Susan Williams at swilliams [at]

  • Cover letter explaining your interests, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute during an internship with EESI
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample, two-to-five pages in length (Optional)

Once again, please include your name in the subject line of the e-mail. The position is unpaid, however, a transportation benefit is available. Thank you for your interest.