Research and Engagement Internship @ Union of Concerned Scientists

Research and Engagement Assistant

One Year Internship

Climate & Energy Program

Union of Concerned Scientists

Washington, DC

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit working to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. Our scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.

Are you ready to work to increase public understanding and mobilize action around climate change? Join the Climate Campaign at the Union of Concerned Scientists. We’re looking for a sharp, creative, critical thinker with analytic and communications chops who is ready to support an interdisciplinary team using science to make a difference.

As Research and Engagement Intern, you’ll support the production and dissemination of original, ground-breaking climate science. You’ll use social media, other online tools, and real-world events to connect with scientists and the wider public. You’ll coordinate with analytic, legislative, and organizer staff to support policy shifts that can help lead to a healthier planet and a safer world.


  • Help synthesize and translate scientific and policy research for print and online public materials;
  • Help communicate research to the public and to policymakers through social media, and by supporting the creation of blogposts, fact sheets, etc.;
  • Contribute to the planning of webinars, briefings, and other public events.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff. In particular, we’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We've adopted this commitment because we believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities. We are actively seeking people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in this work.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time one-year internship based in UCS’s Washington, DC office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary is $36,400. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment. Information about the organization is available at A listing of all open jobs is available at


To Apply: Please upload a cover letter and resume. Please include salary requirements in the cover letter. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.


Deadline: May 27, 2019 or until filled.


Qualifications and Experience

This position requires knowledge of climate science and impacts issues, generally acquired through completion of a bachelor’s degree in science, or equivalent experience. Bachelor’s degree in a physical science field preferred. The position requires strong analytical, written, oral, data-visualization, and social media communications skills. Excellent organizational and time management skills, including the ability to simultaneously manage and prioritize many tasks, and strong attention to detail. Positive, team-oriented attitude; ability to work in an environment that can become fast-paced near deadlines.

Will spend extended periods at computer terminal. Occasional travel may be possible; occasionally may lift materials up to 45 lbs. Regular office hours, Monday through Friday. May include occasional nights and weekends, although you will normally work standard hours and will not be expected to work overtime.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

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