Program details


Climate Corps seeks top graduate students with analytical and project management backgrounds who are excited to make an impact through smart energy and climate solutions. Fellows are chosen for their ability to perform technical and financial analyses, manage projects and help facilitate organizational change. Our core fellowship requirements are:

  • Current or recent graduate student studying engineering, business, sustainability, environmental management, public policy or relevant degree (*Must be enrolled in graduate school or have graduated within the 6 months of the fellowship start date.)
  • 2+ years of applicable work experience
  • Self-starter with strong project management and leadership experience
  • Strong financial or quantitative skills, including project valuation
  • Superior oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience working on energy efficiency, clean energy or sustainability projects
  • A passion for solving environmental challenges
  • Eligibility to work in the United States during the summer of the fellowship. See our work authorization policy for more details.

Take a look at our 2020 job description. Also, be sure to read our fellow brochure to learn more about what distinguishes us from other summer fellowship programs! Climate Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Learn about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion here.

U.S. Fellows are paid $1,250 per week and reimbursed for travel expenses to the Climate Corps Training and the Climate Corps Summit. Salary will vary for our China program.

How to apply
EDF looks for exceptional students who are passionate about the environment and equipped with the technical and interpersonal skills to be a sustainability leader. Our process is as follows:

1. Recruit
Once our application opens in September, we recruit talented graduate students by delivering on-campus information sessions around the country, hosting webinars and attending conferences, such as the Net Impact Conference. For any recruitment related questions, please visit our FAQs or email

2. Apply
Our application for the 2020 fellowship has closed. Please check back in for application deadlines to the 2021 fellowship in early fall 2020. Applicants who submit an application prior to our December deadline have the opportunity to choose from a more robust list of host organizations.

3. Interview
Next, you will participate in an interview via Skype or Zoom where we will evaluate your qualifications to determine an appropriate match based on the needs of host organizations.
Applicants who apply by our first deadline typically participate in this interview between January and mid-February. Those who apply by our second deadline can expect an interview between mid-February and March.

4. Nominate
While you cannot apply for a specific host organization, during the matching process EDF will provide an up-to-date list of participating organizations and projects. You will be able to indicate the organizations you have a high interest in during the interview process.

5. Match
Matches with host organizations occur in two waves: at the end of February for early applicants and at the end of March for other applicants. You are given two weeks to accept the match.

6. Confirm
After you accept the match, we will connect you with your potential host organization supervisor for final confirmation. This conversation is an opportunity for you and the host to get to know one another and ensure a successful match.

Information Sessions
Each year, Climate Corps staff and fellow alumni host virtual information sessions about our fellowship program. Check back in early fall 2020 for next year’s information session dates.