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 quantitative analyses, manage projects and help facilitate organizational change. Our core fellowship requirements are:

  • At the time of application, enrolled in a graduate certificate or degree program studying business, engineering, sustainability, environmental management, public policy or other relevant subject
  • At least 2 years of work experience
  • Self-starter with project management and leadership experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including presentation skills
  • A passion for solving environmental challenges
  • Eligibility to work in the United States during summer 2021. See our work authorization policy for more details.

Take a look at our 2021 job description and read our fellow brochure to learn more about what distinguishes us from other summer fellowship programs.

Climate Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to develop the most innovative and inclusive environmental solutions, we need sustainability leaders that represent the community we serve. The Climate Corps program is proud that our fellows represent a diverse population of individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and identities – both visible and invisible. We believe this diversity makes our program stronger.


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

How to apply

EDF looks for 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 will be hosting events throughout the fall for prospective applicants to learn more about Climate Corps. If you are interested in learning more, please join us for one or both of the sessions below:

  • Virtual information session, Thursday, October 8th at 3pm ET/12pm PT- Register now
  • Virtual alumni panel, Monday, November 9th at 6pm ET/3pm PT- Register now

For any recruitment related questions, please visit our FAQs or email

2. Apply

Submit an application by 12/1/20 at 11:59pm PST (early deadline) or 1/11/21 at 11:50pm PST (regular deadline). Individuals who submit an application prior to our December deadline will have the opportunity to choose from a more robust list of host organizations.

3. Interview

If selected, you will participate in interviews via Skype or Zoom where we will evaluate your qualifications. These interviews are compared to the needs of host organizations to determine appropriate matches. 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. Review projects

While you cannot apply for a specific host organization, after your interviews 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.

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 regular 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.