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CCAP has an opening for a graduate-level, policy intern. Since 1985, CCAP has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy at the local, national, and international levels. Based in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world to develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests. 


The position will support CCAP’s carbon markets policy work. S/he will provide research, analysis, report-writing and conference-preparation support for CCAP’s projects focused on climate change mitigation policies. S/he will have the opportunity to contribute to research and analysis in support of national policy recommendations and international thought leadership in one or more of the following areas. The position will have contact with policymakers and other experts and will participate in cutting-edge climate change policy work. This is a paid, part-time position, 16-24 hours per week, March 2022 through June 2022, with the possibility to extend. The intern will coordinate their activities with the Carbon Markets Policy Associate.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and geographical and quantitative analysis on developing-country policies

  • Policy analysis and writing

  • Preparation support for workshops and stakeholder meetings

  • Interaction with outside technical consultants, experts, and international policymakers on various assignments


The intern will support one or more projects, for example:

  • Carbon Markets/Best Practices – Perform literature review of international and domestic carbon markets; review and summarize pilot cooperative approaches; help evaluate approaches to implementing cooperative approaches; evaluate implications of different rules and guidelines for implementing carbon markets; help plan workshops and dialogues on these topics.

  • Carbon Markets/Program Development – Support research and analysis for the design and implementation of new carbon markets projects; help plan meetings and mission trips.


  • Current graduate student from a program in public policy, international relations, economics, environmental science, or related field

  • Coursework or experience in climate change and energy policy required

  • Excellent research, quantitative analysis, and writing skills required

  • Knowledge in software tools to analyze geographical data, design databases, and conduct statistical analysis

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Ability to quickly get up to speed on technical issues

  • Fluency in Spanish, including the ability to speak and write to policy audiences


Applications, including a cover letter describing how your qualifications and interests match the responsibilities and projects described above, your resume (in Word or PDF format), and one writing sample should be sent to Please also reference where you learned of the position. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type “Carbon Markets Intern” and your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your email.

U.S.-based applicants must be permitted to work in the U.S. If you are not based in the U.S., please indicate that in your cover letter. CCAP will not sponsor applicants.

The Center for Clean Air Policy is an equal opportunity employer.