Climate Change Policy Intern

Washington, DC, US

TITLE: Climate Change Policy Intern

LOCATION: Washington, DC


DEPARTMENT: Policy and Research – Climate Change


REPORTS TO: Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change


COORDINATES WITH: Climate Change Manager and Team; Inclusive & Resilient Food Systems Theme; Economic Justice Campaign;  Oxfam International and other Oxfam Affiliates. Externally: academia, civil society organizations, international financial institutions, international forums and national governments.



Supports Oxfam America’s efforts to reduce emissions of methane and other short-lived climate pollutants in a way that is consistent with development needs and a social justice agenda.


Short-lived climate pollutants have an outsized impact on driving near-term climate change, which poses acute threats to emerging economies where problems of poverty and hunger, and massive income inequality persist and are growing. At the same time, the activities that produce short-lived climate pollutants, such as fossil fuel extraction, residential heating and cooking, transportation, and agricultural production, lie at the heart of a global development agenda. This position will help Oxfam America develop research and communication products that advance an advocacy strategy that promotes pro-poor projects and initiatives that address short-lived climate pollutants.



  • Conduct research and analysis on the link between short-lived climate pollutants and social issues in developing countries at the regional and sub-regional levels.
  • Prepare literature reviews, policy analysis, and issue briefs, and develop related communications materials that can be used to build awareness among thought leaders and can be used in social media outreach.
  • Evaluate existing initiatives related to short-lived climate pollutants (for example, those supported by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the World Bank) from a development perspective and help define strategies for advocacy engagement.
  • Help identify and engage allies in advancing a short-lived climate pollutants agenda that incorporates social issues.
  • Provide support to related Oxfam policy and advocacy activities as required.



  • Internship is funded as a full-time paid position for approximately six months. However, duration and start/end dates are negotiable and exceptional applicants interested in a part-time position will also be considered (please indicate your part-time preference in your cover letter).
  • The intern will develop positive working relationships with Oxfam’s allies and partners around Oxfam’s climate change goals and priorities.
  • The intern will stay abreast of professional standards, trends and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
  • S/he will work effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work, will perform all duties appropriately for a multi-cultural environment, treating all persons with dignity and respect, and will be familiar with and committed to Oxfam America’s mission and goals.
  • S/he will work to follow and uphold the processes and standards for producing research at Oxfam America.
  • S/he will have an understanding of gender equity and diversity within key areas of responsibility and a commitment to promoting gender equity and diversity in our workplace and programs.





  • In pursuit of or completed undergraduate or graduate degree in environmental policy, international relations, public policy, environmental science, or related field.


Experience and Core Competencies:

  • Experience and knowledge of climate change and/or development issues, particularly in connection with energy and/or agriculture sectors.
  • Research and analytical skills relevant to public policy and/or program development.
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills; ability to prioritize workload and multi-task.
  • Excellent oral communication skills and strong professional writing skills.
  • Flexible, creative, and strategic thinker; self-starter.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy (MS Office, Internet).
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others from diverse perspectives.