The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international nonprofit environmental group with more than three million members and online supporters. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC works in countries including the United States, China, India, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and EU. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and www.nrdc.cn.
NRDC's China Clean Power Project is seeking one intern based in Beijing office for spring 2018. Two possible areas of interest listed below are available for interns who are energetic, environmentally conscious, intelligent, and self-confident college or graduate students with an interest in energy and environmental issues.
The Power Sector Roundtable is designed as a platform consisting of stakeholders involved in China's sustainable power sector development. The Roundtable is at once a power sector think tank, a policy advisory body, and a convener of expert discussions. The mission of the Power Sector Roundtable is to support the efforts of China's power sector at tackling climate change, mitigating threats to public health, protecting the environment and conserving exhaustible mineral resources.
Demand-side resources project promotes better utilization of resources provided by the demand side of energy, which covers demand response, electric vehicles, energy storage and distributed renewable energy. Integrating demand-side resources to the power grid system helps balance supply and demand at a lower cost and within shorter time than conventional supply-side resources such as power plants. In order for demand-side resources to successfully play a role, supporting policies, functioning markets and advanced technologies are the key factors. The project supports China to develop relevant policies and markets for demand-side resource integration through research projects and city pilots.
Internship typically lasts 10 to 12 weeks, with possible extension. NRDC is not able to provide financial compensation for the internship.
Graduate student, college student, or recent graduate majored in relevant fields.
Proficiency in Chinese and English, with strong oral and written communication skills.
Willingness and ability to conduct independent research in power sector policies, electric vehicle, and demand side resources.
Willingness and ability to help with translation and proofreading.
Availability to come to office at least 3-4 days a week.
Please apply by sending a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Internship offers are made on a rolling basis, so please indicate your availability and area of interest in the cover letter.