Climate Data Internship

Academic Credits





2101 L St., NW
Suite 500
United States


The Advocacy & Policy team at USGBC engages with community leaders and policymakers at every level of government. We provide the tools, strategies, and resources they need to be inspired and take action toward a sustainable built environment.

The Climate Data Intern will provide valuable assistance to the USBGC Advocacy team and our sister organization, Arcskoru, by helping to expand our use of climate data, which is generally available from government or quasi-government bodies, and to analyze data we have. The intern will work with the Arc team, technical (LEED) team, and others to identify relevant opportunities to incorporate current climate data and projections for adaptation into USGBC tools and resources and to develop original analyses of aggregate building carbon data.

The position is an unpaid internship, part or full time. Full time preferred for summer positions. Internships are for educational purposes and interns are expected to obtain academic credit or be paid through their school or other entity.

We are currently seeking applicants for the summer 2018. Students may begin in spring semester if desired and mutually agreed.

Experience gained

The learning objectives of this internship include:

  • Developing experience in non-profit workplace and sector
  • Understanding the benefits of green building and operations practices 
  • Demonstrating ability to research and identify relevant data sources
  • Demonstrating ability to analyze data
  • Developing ability to clearly express complex information through research and writing projects, as well as outreach to internal and external stakeholders
  • Understanding of how USGBC works with government

All Advocacy team interns will have opportunities to attend one or more congressional or state government meetings or briefings, if interested; and other DC area policy events as are relevant. In addition, all interns will be expected and supported in presenting their work at the end of the internship at a brown bag seminar for the team, and will have the option of drafting a blog.

Internship responsibilities

The intern will receive appropriate guidance and training, and with supervision will take on responsibilities which may include: 

  • Work in collaboration with Advocacy and Policy team members, Arc team members, SMEs on staff and committees, member organizations, and external organizations and resources, to achieve tasks
  • Conduct web-based and phone research to identify and obtain relevant climate data
  • Research carbon emission conversion data for specific building and city functions, for example water consumption and waste, as directed
  • Evaluate USGBC reference guides and tools to identify data sets or references that are candidates for updating
  • Analyze and synthesize Arc data regarding the measured improvement and impacts for projects participating in Arc. Develop a paper or article presenting the results and projecting potential impacts of scaling up. For example, analyze the reduction over time in carbon emissions for buildings and spaces participating in Arc; develop ways to project potential reductions across additional buildings.
  • Develop visual analyses which could include maps, consumption patterns, analyses by region or building type, as interest / time provide.
  • Writing blogs/articles relevant to assignments
  • Assist in teamwide projects and events



  • Basic knowledge of data analysis and statistics; experience with relevant software such as MS Access, Excel preferred
  • Basic knowledge of carbon emissions data and its role in climate mitigation and adaptation
  • Commitment to USGBC’s mission
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
  • Previous work experience in team/office setting preferred

Education & training requirements/preferences

  • Currently enrolled student or recent graduation from undergraduate or graduate program of study
  • Major or specialization in applied math, engineering, computer science, environmental studies, sustainability, building sciences, business, nonprofit management, public health, law, or relevant fields

How To Apply

Please email or fax your resume and a letter of interest.

  • Note the title of the position you are applying for.
  • Submit files as PDFs or Word documents.
  • Fax: 202-315-3949.
  • No phone calls, please.