Become an EDF Climate Corps fellow this summer and launch your sustainability career. Our fellows gain real-world experience working at leading organizations on climate and projects.
EDF Climate Corps fellows are top-tier graduate students who work on the ground with companies and public-sector organizations to reduce emissions in the organizations’ operations and supply chains by making the business case for sustainability.
Over the summer, fellows are hired by their host organizations and work directly with staff from operations, finance and sustainability departments on a wide range of innovative energy and climate projects. At the end of the summer, fellows become part of the EDF Climate Corps network, where they gain access to a breadth of professional development resources throughout their career, including job networking and climate advocacy training.
How EDF Climate Corps Works
- Rigorous Selection We recruit and match top-tier graduate students based on the needs of host organizations. We take into consideration student skills, experience and location preference in making a match with a host company.
- Expert Training In May, we host a week-long training for our fellows with EDF experts and sustainability consultants. The curriculum covers energy efficiency, sustainability strategy, carbon accounting, building systems, financial analysis and more. See the 2019 training agenda.
- Professional Experience Every summer over 100 EDF Climate Corps fellows hit the ground running to work on-site at their host organizations. They spend 10 to 12 weeks on customized climate and energy projects.
- Final Deliverables At the end of the summer, each fellow presents his or her findings to their host organization and submits a final, actionable report of their work.
- Follow-Up After the fellowship ends, EDF staff follow up with each host organization to find out whether fellow recommendations are being implemented. Also, each fall EDF convenes the alumni network for its annual conference, the EDF Climate Corps Summit.
- Have questions? See our FAQs.
U.S. Fellows are paid $1,250 per week and reimbursed for travel expenses to the EDF Climate Corps Training and the EDF Climate Corps Summit. Price will vary for our China program.
Support for Fellows
EDF Climate Corps staff and the host organizations support fellows throughout the summer. EDF provides an Engagement Manager for guidance and advice, a summer training webinar series and access to online resources such as the EDF Climate Corps Handbook. Host organizations provide fellows with a day-to-day supervisor, a high-level sponsor, support from relevant departments and access to necessary company information and data.
Professional Development Opportunities
EDF Climate Corps fellows build strong relationships with their host organizations and other fellows in their class. Most EDF fellows go on to career positions in sustainability or energy management, whether at their host organizations or other entities. Also, our fellows join the vibrant EDF Climate Corps network of energy management and sustainability practitioners, which serves as a valuable resource throughout their fellowships and careers.