FAQ – U.S. Climate Corps hosts

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are the fellows?

Climate Corps fellows are top graduate students who are trained by EDF. We recruit from leading universities, vet a pool of over 1000 candidates and make custom matches to companies based on areas of expertise and organizational needs.

How many companies have hosted a Climate Corps fellow?

Since 2008, we’ve placed over 1000 fellows within over 500 different organizations. See all past and present host organizations here.

Have any of my peer organizations participated?

Over 400 organizations from a wide range of industries and sectors have hosted a Climate Corps fellow. You can easily browse our full database to find out more about fellow projects and past partners here.

How long are the fellowship projects?

Climate Corps fellowships are 10-12 weeks between May and September. The exact weeks will depend on the host’s and fellow’s schedule.

How will EDF train the fellows?

EDF will host a weeklong training in late May. Last year’s agenda can be found here. Also, throughout the summer, EDF will provide additional training webinars, and each fellow will have an EDF Engagement Manager for support when specific questions arise.

What is the host organization’s commitment?

“Climate Corps host organizations agree that they will:

  • Provide a fellow salary of at least $1,250 per week for 10-12 weeks and $2,500 for fellow travel and accommodations at the training and annual network event. Salary will vary for our China program.
  • Provide a supportive high-level project sponsor and an accessible day-to-day manager
  • Provide suitable office space and support from relevant departments
  • Make accessible relevant records and information such as energy audits or utility bill information
  • Implement fellow recommendations at the discretion of the organization
  • Provide EDF with updates on implementation after fellowship completion

Typically, host organizations onboard their fellows as “interns” or “term employees.” Ultimately, it is up to the host organization to work with their HR department to figure out best way to classify and work with their fellows. There is no expectation by Climate Corps to provide benefits in addition to the fellow salary.”

What is EDF’s commitment?

Climate Corps fellows agrees to:

  • Train the fellows and provide them with resources over the summer.
  • Provide documentation that they are a U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S. over the summer
  • Work onsite at the host organization full-time for at least ten weeks on the assigned workplan
  • Provide final deliverables based on their workplan including a set of recommendations and tools to drive next steps

What is the fellow’s commitment?

Climate Corps fellows agree that they will:

  • Be in compliance with federal law that states: all Climate Corps fellows extended an offer by one of our host organizations must be able to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete the required employment eligibility verifications document forms by the first day of employment
  • Work onsite at the host organization full-time for 10-12 weeks on the assigned workplan, and adhere to all hiring processes, HR policies and standards of the host organization
  • Provide final deliverables, to both the host organization and EDF, based on their workplan including a set of recommendations to drive next steps

How will EDF be using the final reports and the information presented in them?

The aggregate results of Climate Corps will be made public in order to maximize both environmental and business benefits. However, EDF will not refer to any organization’s specific program or results publicly without prior written approval.

What are some sample outcomes of the program?

All of our case studies can be found here.

I have an idea for a project, what are the next steps?

Contact us! We can set up a call to help you develop your project and walk you through the application process. Contact us here.