Cool Cities Policy Intern

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 Cool Cities Policy Intern will work on a new guide for cities to highlight policy and program examples for cities to support climate mitigation commitments and resilience goals. The intern will conduct significant research and writing on local government policies, as well as work with various team members and colleagues from other teams (e.g., LEED for Cities), and outside organizations engaged on city climate policy. This is a companion project to the Cool States project (see separate internship).

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 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

Enhanced understanding of legislative and regulatory process through tracking and analyzing policy development

Demonstrate practical experience in how to research and analyze local policy

Developing ability to clearly express concepts of sustainability and green building advocacy through research and writing, as well as outreach to advocates and stakeholders in various venues

Understanding of how USGBC expands the market for LEED and green building at the state and local level through policy and advocacy

All Advocacy 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:

  • Researching bills and policies using data systems
  • Analyzing policies to identify trends, categories, innovative approaches, and develop approach to presenting the policies in the guide
  • Drafting report text, charts, and related collateral
  • Identifying key contacts for each policy in guide for fact checking and obtaining additional information
  • Participating in outreach to local officials, stakeholders, and potential project partners
  • Writing blogs/articles relevant to the guide
  • Assisting in teamwide projects and events



  • Knowledge of how a bill becomes a law, with focus on the state and local levels
  • Experience in governmental affairs or operations preferred
  • 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 public policy, government, environmental studies, sustainability, building sciences, business, nonprofit management, public health, law, or relevant fields
  • Knowledge of LEED green building rating system preferred

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.