Internships

Currently CIERP offers the Climate Policy Lab Strategic Internship Program thanks to its generous donations. With these funds, CIERP is able to provide financial support to students undertaking internships in the U.S. and around the world that would otherwise be unpaid. Typically, students accomplish the following during their internships:

  • help governments develop and implement smarter climate policies as they execute their Paris Agreement commitments
  • work in NGOs or in-country research institutes focused on climate policy implementation
  • help firms identify strategic opportunities or implement climate programs, projects, and policy

In previous years, CIERP has supported students working in a variety of environment and natural resource policy areas. See below for specific internships that Fletcher students have undertaken.

Please contact Mieke van der Wansem to learn about internship opportunities.

2018 CPL Strategic Internship Program

Danny Tobin, at UNDP in Uganda, worked on the GCF project “Early Warning and Climate Information: Integrating Climate Services with Decision Support in Uganda’s Adaptation and Development Strategy.”

The UNDP Uganda office is aimed at supporting Uganda’s efforts achieve lower middle-income status by 2030 through sustainable inclusive economic development and inclusive and effective governance.  One of the projects being implemented is the “Early Warning and Climate Information: Integrating Climate Services with Decision Support in Uganda’s Adaptation and Development Strategy,” on which Danny worked.  The project aims to strengthen climate information and early warning systems to support communities to make climate-resilient decisions.  In particular, Danny worked to support the project by providing training on GIS systems to ministry staff, organizing existing and new digital district wetlands data, creating GIS folders for every district with 6 types of graphs and tables showing wetland information such as percent degradation, hectares degraded, and seasonality, setting up the Geodatabase with relevant wetlands, districts, and year 1 intervention sites for the project, and creating an ODK rapid assessment form and back end google drive folder.

Besides his support for the UNDP office, Danny also undertook additional Climate Policy Lab and capstone research investigating the theoretical synergies and tradeoffs between adaptation, mitigation and development in Uganda, as well as which synergies are already being realized and which key ones are not yet being pursued.


Juliette Devillard, at Greentown Labs in Somerville, worked on launching and managing a call for applications to the Greentown Labs Bold Ideas Challenge.

Greentown Labs is the largest clean technology incubator in the United States and home to more than 80-member companies that collectively employ over 900 people. Greentown Labs’ mission is to “foster a passionate community committed to solving the world’s biggest efficiency, energy and environmental challenges by providing the resources and labs startups need to succeed.”  Juliette’s role was to support Katie MacDonald, Director of Strategic Partnerships, with all aspects of the Greentown Launch program.  During the summer, she helped launch a call for applications for the current Greentown Labs Bold Ideas Challenge, which is run with the French multinational corporation Schneider Electric. Juliette was responsible for managing inbound applications to the program and helped to organize the different stages of judging and the program’s launch event.  Through a self-identified need, Juliette set up “pitching and public speaking” office hours at Greentown labs and helped to coach 20 different startup members, 17 of whom were co-founders or CEOs, who were directly responsible for pitching to investors.  She also ran a 1-hour seminar on pitching techniques that was attended by over 50 people.


Mathew Lee, at CDP in New York, worked on the CDP Cities Annual Disclosure Project.

CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the global system for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclose, manage and share vital information on their environmental performance. Matt worked to support a variety of cities to record their annual disclosures on key environmental and climate indicators, including providing technical assistance for climate mitigation, adaptation and emissions measurement.  In the process, he documented all activity, including tracking engagement outreach as well as maintaining and updating an internal database for all of CDP’s city contacts in the U.S. and Canada.  Matt also participated in special projects related to the U.S. and Canadian reporting cities, including analysis and data aggregation related to, and in preparation for, the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018.


Leif Hansen, at Nacional de Energía Y Sostenibilidad Isleña (INESI) in Puerto Rico, worked on a project involving corporate/startup partnership in modernizing the electric grid through improved hardware and software management.

INESI is an interdisciplinary organization that seeks to connect all energy-related research and development in Puerto Rico.  One of their current initiatives is to set up a knowledge platform, which aims to serve as a mechanism for the coordination and support of sustainable energy activities undertaken by and with various Puerto Rican and other U.S. academic institutions.  This platform is called “Resiliency through Innovation in Sustainable Energy for Puerto Rico” (RISE-PR).  Leif’s key responsibilities were to support the work of RISE-PR.  In particular, he helped organize, facilitate, and draft proceedings for the 3rd RISE-PR strategic workshop.  Leif also began to map what is currently being done, as well as planned, in the areas of energy policy, programs, and projects so that CPL could begin to assemble a vision for future possible interventions.


2017 CPL Strategic Internship Program

Greg Goodwin, at Greentown Labs in Somerville, developed a compelling proposal for a ‘grid of the future’ accelerator program run by Greentown Labs and it’s partners

Greg interned at Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA to research and develop a compelling proposal for a ‘grid of the future’ accelerator program run by Greentown Labs and it’s partners. The purpose of this program was to redefine how utilities and incorporates work with early stage technologists to enhance the resiliency, efficiency and digitization of the future electricity grid to enable further deployment of renewables.


Zerin Osho, at United Nations Development Programme India conducted an Indian Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) feasibility study.

Through UNDP New York, Zerin obtained an internship with UNDP India, in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Environment, to conduct an Indian Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) feasibility study, including an evaluation of the existing PAT scheme. The research is titled “India’s PAT Scheme and the Possibility of Extending its Application to the Other Sectors While Aiming for Stringent Targets.” She assisted with the process of writing a GEF proposal for UNDP to include the expansion and domestic linkages of the PAT system in the mandate for the next three years.


Matthew Arnold, at United Nations Development Programme in the Pacific Island region identified and conceptualized potential GCF- funded CCM projects.

The objective of Matt’s assignment was to provide assistance to UNDP country offices in the Pacific Region in the identification and conceptualization of potential GCF-funded CCM projects in the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) that they cover. He worked on the CCM projects of the UNDP-Samoa Multi-Country Office (MCO).


Elizabeth Minchew, at United Nations Development Programme Papua New Guinea strengthened climate early warning systems.

Elizabeth’s internship focused on supporting the Government of Papua New Guinea to develop a $30 m project on strengthening climate early warning systems to support small holder agriculture producers (commercial and subsistence), coastal businesses (small boat operators) and flood management. As part of the project scope, help explore linkages with the private sector (insurance, commodity enterprises, etc) to co-invest in this initiative.


Ozgur Bozcaga and Graham Jeffries, worked with Professor Avery Cohn conducted research on the potential for local incentives in Brazil to drive climate mitigation policy and reduce deforestation.

Professor Avery Cohn, together with PhD students Graham Jeffries and Ozgur Bozcaga, conducted research on the potential for local incentives in Brazil to drive climate mitigation policy and reduce deforestation, focusing on the land use, land use change, and forestry sector. Questions this study is looking into include: How and why do co-benefits drive changes in climate change mitigation policy? Can co-benefits-focused strategies grow constituencies for climate action? What strategies have successfully employed co-benefits discourses to drive change in climate policy? Why or why not might such strategies be transferable? Might co-benefits help to coordinate climate action with actions towards achieving other aims such as the Sustainable Development Goals? What are priority actions to harness local incentives information to promote climate action?


CIERP has also supported the following internships:

2018: Woods Hole Research Center

2017: Climate Policy Lab, SEforALL, BP

2016: United States Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources, Climate Policy Lab, Climate Team at the United Nations Global Compact Office, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou Environmental Monitoring Center, MINT Energy

2015: Climate Change Group of the World Bank, United States Department of State Bureau of Energy Resources, Woods Hole Research Center, The Climate Group, Solstice Initiative, WWF

2014: United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing Countries (OHRLLS), Research on policy options for South Korea and China to improve the condition of forests in North Korea, Research on natural resource conflicts related to hydropower development in the Brazilian Amazon, NREL

2013: The Nature Conservancy’s Global Climate Change Team,  2013 Environmental Leadership Program (ELP), Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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