Policy Associate

The Policy Associate will help advance climate, environment, and clean energy policies and solutions that will put the U.S. on a cleaner, more secure, and sustainable path. The Policy Associate will conduct research and analysis in support of EESI’s Congressional education and policy development activities on and off Capitol Hill. The Policy Associate will work with a diverse range of people and contribute to outreach to a wide audience, including members of Congress and their staff, federal officials, business and industry leaders, other non‐governmental organizations, higher education institutions, embassies, and other constituencies.

The Policy Associate will report to the Executive Director and work closely with colleagues (including fellows and interns) across the entire organization.


In general, the Policy Associate will help advance EESI’s efforts to:

  • Draft and edit content for publication, including web articles, fact sheets, and other policy‐ oriented written materials.
  • Brainstorm ideas for and help plan and execute multiple Congressional briefings each year on relevant and timely environmental, clean energy, climate and adaptation and resilience topics.
  • Help respond to queries for information and analysis from Congressional committees and members of Congress and their staff.
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for staff testimony and presentations.
  • Perform background research to inform grant proposal narratives and help prepare reports to funders.
  • Build and grow EESI’s overall environment, clean energy, and climate policy and solutions knowledge and expertise by keeping abreast of news, relevant science and Congressional action.
  • Contribute to a collaborative, collegial, and supportive work environment.  

Competitive candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study and at least one year of full-time professional work experience.
  • Internship or work experience in a U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives office (including committees) is preferred.
  • Undergraduate‐ or graduate‐level coursework in political science, American politics, or comparative politics, preferred.
  • Strong writing and research skills; clear and concise writing is required for newsletters, Congressional briefing write‐ups, and fact sheets.
  • Critical thinking, problem‐solving, and research and analysis skills; keen attention to detail.
  • Knowledge and understanding of environment, clean energy, and climate topics.
  • Strong networking and interpersonal skills; a sense of humor, positive attitude, and interest in working collaboratively with other committed professionals.
  • Ability to represent EESI professionally.

Starting salary from $52,000.

EESI offers an excellent benefits package, including: family health insurance and dental coverage

  • 15 days of paid vacation (year 1) to 20 days (year 2-5) and then 25 days
  • 15 paid holidays
  • 403(b) retirement plan- EESI contributes 9% of salary after one year of service (no employee match requirement)

Application Requirements Please note you will need the following to apply:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two writing samples or excerpts on any topic (1‐2 pages each), preferably at least one sample in a writing style similar to EESI’s. We encourage you to submit at least one sample which reflects a process that has not been heavily edited by others. At the top of the document, please provide some background about the origin of the writing sample.

Applications are accepted through May 8, 2022. Anticipated start date late May or early June.


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