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Summer Intern, coZEV Initiative

Department: EEP
Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $16-$25/hour

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) explores significant challenges with diverse thinkers and doers to make a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable society for all. We address critical energy, environmental, and climate change issues through non-partisan, non-ideological convening, with the specific intent of bringing together diverse stakeholders to improve the process and progress of policy-level dialogue. This enables EEP to sit at a critical intersection in the conversation and bring together diverse groups of expert stakeholders. In addition to energy and environmental policy, which the program has been addressing for several decades, EEP is now actively and purposefully engaging in climate change policy – mitigating the effects of climate change, adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, and the international cooperation needed to achieve these goals.


EEP seeks a motivated outreach/corporate sustainable business intern from June to August 2022 (about 8 weeks, but exact dates subject to negotiation). The Summer Intern will support work on the Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV) initiative, a core component of a new project on decarbonizing maritime shipping, tackling a “hard to abate” sector for which feasible decarbonization pathways are rapidly emerging.

The majority of this person’s time would be helping us to track corporate sustainability commitments and identify new target companies that we could reach out to for participation in coZEV. We’re looking for someone who’s interested in learning more about corporate sustainability, communicating with corporates about climate change, and learning about shipping decarbonization and the maritime space.


  • Background in environmental issues, ideally with corporate social responsibility or communications
  • Superior communication, organizational, research and writing skills
  • Self-starter, able to work independently
  • Passion for action – not just research and analysis
  • Graduate-level Student Preferred


Part-time, approximately 20-25 hours per week (negotiable)


This position can be remote, in-person, or hybrid (if located in the DC, MD, VA area) and is open for negotiation.

To Apply: Please visit the Aspen Institute career page to complete an application. Applicants will be asked to provide a resume and cover letter. We encourage you to use the cover letter as an opportunity to describe your interest in the position and your relevant experience. Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

The Institute has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees who will work at one of our physical locations, attend any of our in-person events or travel on behalf of the Institute. Staff unable to be vaccinated may request an exemption under certain circumstances.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.


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