Research and Content Development Volunteer.



Start Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


District of Columbia
United States


EFI develops people’s capacity to address social, economic and environmental challenges in order to create healthy and sustainable societies.

EFI does this through formal education and public awareness programs. The programs emphasize development of community sustainability goals, design of sustainable approaches, and initiatives that put sustainable approaches into practice thus fostering a culture of sustainable stewardship that maximizes human opportunity and environmental well-being for all as an integral part of a region’s identity and culture.

In addition, EFI researches global, regional and local sustainability issues and strategies being used to address them. Based on that research we create and provide educational programs, resources and learning tools for higher education, business and government that increase understanding of the social, economic and environmental challenges and build capacity to create solutions.

Our programs have been used in graduate, undergraduate, professional and continuing education in the United States and Africa for individuals in fields ranging from business, health care, government, community development and art to natural and life sciences, environmental studies, agriculture and engineering. Volunteers must have interest and/or basic experience in sustainability and environmental issues and policies.

Volunteering at EFI

We have a strong platform for remote work and interaction and we provide the web design and collaborative tools to conduct the work successfully. We seek to develop the professional and intellectual skills of our interns and volunteers and contribute to their future careers and endeavors in the fields of sustainability studies and policy. Former EFI interns and volunteers have secured positions and pursued careers in sustainability in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, community organizing, and academia. 

Volunteer Opportunity Description

In 2018 EFI launched a web content development strategy that includes development of original educational and policy materials in the areas climate and environmental policy for web distribution. We are looking for volunteers to help us research and develop these materials. Volunteers must have a deep interest and some basic knowledge of socio-economic and policy issues related to sustainability. Students and early career individuals can benefit from exposure to EFI’s method and projects and develop professional skills and expertise in their areas of interest; mid-career professionals can help lead the development of educational and policy materials and apply in-depth skills for greater impact in their areas of interest.  

Skills: basic knowledge of academic/policy research practices; experience conducting literature reviews; basic knowledge of sustainability policy issues; basic knowledge of EdX/Coursera or similar courseware platforms; superb writing and editing skills; expertise in a second geographic area a plus; Spanish reading/writing skills a plus.  


-Support implementation of research program in the areas of sustainability, climate change, and environmental policy.  

-Develop and manage bibliographies related to each of the 25 issues in EFI’s matrix

-Research policy issues on sustainability. 

-Support development of EFI’s matrix materials on the 25 issues in sustainability. 

-Support development of materials for EFI’s online courseware platform. 

-Support research for social media strategy. 

-Research and develop database of sustainability and policy experts and organizations. 

-Support development of policy briefs and educational materials. 

Other tasks related to research and content development as needed.  

EFI provides training and digital tools.  




  • Training Provided
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Submit a recent CV/Reseume indicating professional and academic background, interests, location, and availability at: