Citizens Climate Education - Global Strategy Intern New York City

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(Unpaid internship/volunteer opportunity/college internship).
A new strategy for citizen participation in global climate change negotiations was launched in Paris this past December – the Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network (CCEN). The announcement came from Citizens’ Climate Lobby Global Strategy Director Joe Robertson and the CCEN will provide a way for non-governmental stakeholders throughout the world to shape policies after the Paris climate accord that will reduce greenhouse gas emission currently putting our climate at risk.

This CCEN Global Strategy Intern position will operate at the nexus between public discourse and climate policy advocacy, while focusing on people as drivers of change. Specifically over the internship we will address:

Engaging citizens through local CCEN working sessions;
Channeling local insights into our Policy Workstreams;
Building the Global Team for sustained CCEN work.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement encourages a civil society engagement space, and the CCEN will provide a connection between citizen participation in policy and this first-of-its-kind "action network for social good". Through this and similar projects, this internship will expose the intern to global negotiating processes and open the flow of effective climate policy discourse back to their home communities, through activities that empower people not normally welcomed into the policy process. The work associated with this Global Strategy Intern position will directly contribute to the building of an always-active Citizens' Climate Engagement Network, that will be lead up to Morocco COP22 and will build direct citizen participation into UN climate policy processes, going forward.

The project is managed by Citizens' Climate Education (CCE), in association with Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a US-based non-partisan non-profit with educational programs and lobbying activities [designations of 501(c)3 for CCE and 501(c)4 for CCL]. CCE/CCL's mission is to create the political will for a livable world and to empower individuals to have breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. The purpose of this position is to support the expansion of the organization and to support our volunteers.
POSITION REPORTS TO: Global Strategy Director and Global Strategy Support Team
SCHEDULE/TIME COMMITMENT: 15-20 hours per week for 3-6 months, generally on two weekdays between 11am-4pm.
Location: Tri-state area of Pa, NY and NJ as well as in Minneapolis


RESPONSIBILITIES (varies by location)
Learn engage4climate (CCEN) and Citizens' Climate Lobby advocacy methodologies
Participate in weekly conference calls
Research forms of democratic process for new CCL groups worldwide
Research on participatory democracy, public policy and science, health effects of climate change, etc.
Support growing CCL groups internationally
Support CCEN policy workstreams (ref:
Provide weekly reports to the Global Strategy Support Team
Write for team updates, marketing, social media, blogs, emails to volunteers, etc.
Attend meetings, events, and conferences as directed and other tasks as requested
Facilitate and document efforts to enhance leverage of outside initiatives to improve political landscape of the negotiating process.
Support coalition efforts to provide round-the-clock policy briefings, reports and informational media on UNFCCC process, to educate people around the world.


Passion for environmental advocacy; interest in government and political science
Work collaboratively and meet deadlines
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs, Internet, email and Skype functions
Capacity to learn and leverage social media and other apps related to project management
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older

Excellent oral and written communication skills with attention to details and timeliness
Phone skills to include upbeat tone and active listening abilities
Writing, proofreading and research experience
Experience grassroots campaigning
As a grassroots organization internships are unpaid. Internships at staff locations are supervised and trained by CCL/CCE staff. Internship may have both remote/virtual responsibilities as well as outreach activities at various locations. We do not suggest relocating for this unpaid internship, and we do not provide any housing or relocation assistance. As volunteers, members of this program may choose to travel to Paris for the COP21; this is not a requirement of this internship position.

CCE’s Global Strategy Director is Joseph Robertson.

Please contact Sarabeth Brockley, Global Strategy Advisor and project coordinator for CCE's Global Strategy Interns Program, at to apply and arrange an in-person interview.

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