Internship, China Coal Cap Project


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For two decades, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has been a thought leader and trusted adviser to our partners in China. With a highly effective team of more than 40 based in our Beijing office, we have worked hard at both the national and local levels to recommend, develop, and help implement innovative laws, policies, technologies, and market tools that curb pollution and accelerate China’s transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. NRDC's Beijing Representative Office is registered under the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau and supervised by the State Forestry and Grassland Administration of China. 

Project Summary 

China is the world's largest producer and consumer of coal. In response to climate change and air pollution, NRDC launched the China Coal Consumption Cap Project in October 2013 together with over 20 leading Chinese stakeholders, including government think tanks, research institutes, and industry associations. This collaboration developed a comprehensive roadmap and policy package to establish and implement a binding national coal consumption cap and help China peak its coal consumption by 2020 or earlier. Accelerating the replacement of coal with greater energy efficiency and cleaner energy sources is fundamental to helping China achieve its long-term goals for the economy, environment, and climate. 

As part of the China Coal Cap Project, the annual International Workshop is a preeminent platform for global leaders, policymakers, and experts across different sectors to discuss about the most challenging energy & environment problems, accelerate the global trend of decarbonization, and advance China’s efforts to reduce coal consumption. The 2019 International Workshop to be held in November will focus on international trends of coal transition, socio-economic development, as well as coal cap policy implementation in Chinese provinces and cities. 

Position Responsibility 

• Assisting in research and analysis related to the International Workshop themes and topics 

• Conducting research on speakers and participants 

• Acting as an internal point of contact for NRDC staff 

• Coordinating external communications with International Workshop participants and vendors 

• Supporting with developing materials to communicate project results 

• Assisting with English translation and event preparation & implementation 

• Assisting with other administrative and logistical duties as assigned 

What We Offer 

The candidate will be deeply involved in the preparation of 2019 International Workshop and daily work of the China Coal Cap Project, and therefore have opportunities to: 

• Work closely with NRDC staff on coal cap, energy transition, provincial implementation, and environmental protection 

• Acquire substantive professional experience for those interested in a career in energy & environment policy, climate change, and international affairs 

• Be involved in the collaboration with the international community in these areas 

• Attend high-level workshops and meetings with experienced practitioners and decision-makers 

• Commuting and meal allowances are provided 


1. Graduate student, college student, or recent graduate majored in energy & environment policy, economics, international relations, public management, and related.

2. Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook) is essential

3. Experience in event organization or management a plus 

4. Strong attention to detail and multi-tasking skills; be creative, organized, committed and responsible 

5. Proficiency in Chinese and English, with strong oral and written communication skills. 

6. Willingness to pitch in and take on extra tasks; be flexible.

7. Availability to work at least 3 days a week 

8. Preferred starting date: September 9, 2019 

9. Preferred length of internship: 3 months with option of renewal 

To Apply 

Please send your cover letter and resume (Chinese and English) to, and indicate your availability in the email. 

Internship offers are made on a rolling basis.