Environmental Defense Fund

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About Environmental Defense Fund

We are looking for graduate students from a wide range of backgrounds who are motivated to join the climate workforce. Climate Corps fellows work with companies, public institutions, and non-profit organizations to meet climate commitments by identifying opportunities to reduce emissions in their operations and supply chains.

Fellows are matched with host organizations based on their location, industry and project type preferences. You can view the full list of past organizations on our website. A list of 2024 host organizations will be available to successful candidates following their interview. Projects will be focused on the following areas:

·        Animal agriculture

·        Climate commitments and roadmaps

·        Environmental and climate justice

·        Food waste

·        Renewables and energy efficiency

·        Supplier engagement and Scope 3

·        Sustainable finance

·        Zero-emission vehicles and fleet transition

Benefits of Climate Corps

Hands-on Impact: As a fellow, you will work with an impactful host to drive meaningful progress in the fight against climate change. We’ve placed over 1,700 fellows in organizations like City of Austin, Google, Morgan Stanley, REI and Ulta.

Training & Development: Before you begin your work, you will attend our training to equip you with the tools you’ll need for a successful fellowship. Throughout the summer, you’ll receive continuous support from subject matter experts, Climate Corps staff, and peers. After your fellowship, you will have access to continuing education and career support.

Network Building: You will have opportunities to make connections through regional events, online community, and mentorship.  

Required Qualifications

•    At the time of application, enrolled in a graduate certificate or degree program.

•    Self-starter with project management and leadership experience, including demonstrated success aligning and collaborating across teams.

•    Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills.

•    A passion for solving environmental challenges.

•    Eligible to work in the United States during the summer of 2024.

Depending on the available projects, skills in financial analysis, data analysis, and familiarity with greenhouse gas emissions accounting and reporting frameworks are valuable assets.

Don't hesitate to apply if your experience doesn't match every listed skill. Our projects require a variety of talents, and we're looking for fellows from diverse fields. As Climate Corps aims to strengthen the next generation of climate leaders to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future for all, we recognize that our individual and collective futures depend on the contributions of people from all backgrounds and identities – both visible and invisible- to create lasting environmental solutions. The Climate Corps program is proud that our fellows represent a diverse population of individuals and believes this diversity makes our program stronger. Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All Climate Corps fellows are required to participate in the week-long virtual Training from May 20-24, 2024.


A minimum of $1,400 per week for 10-12 weeks, plus $1,400 for participation in Fellow Training.

Application Deadline

Please visit our website to complete your 2024 fellow application. For early consideration and the best opportunity to be matched with one of your preferred host organizations, please apply by November 30, 2023 11:59 pm PT. The final application deadline is January 9, 2024 11:59 pm PT. For more information about the timeline and program, please visit the  Climate Corps website.

Questions? Please email our team at   EDFClimateCorps.apply@edf.org.


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