Internship Land Use Washington D.C. Vacancy

Internship Land Use Washington D.C. Vacancy

Climate Focus is seeking a land use intern to join our office in Washington, D.C. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a pioneering, versatile and dynamic organization, committed to advancing new research, analysis and implementation of land use policy. The successful candidate will be a team player, and be familiar and comfortable working in a range of environments and geographies with a diverse group of clients and colleagues. This is a paid internship with a competitive salary based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

As part of this internship you will have the chance to work in close collaboration with Climate Focus staff to:

  • Contribute to studies and reports, including feasibility studies, and policy reports on issues including, but not limited to, zero deforestation commodities, sustainable supply chains, climate smart agriculture, and climate finance
  • Support advisory projects for government, multilateral, and private sector clients in the area of agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU)
  • Conduct financial and technical analysis of land use business models and their enabling environment including public and private incentive mechanisms for sustainable development
  • Assess public and private investment opportunities in Latin America that support sustainable land use


  • The successful candidate will have a Bachelor's or Master's in forestry, agriculture, environmental policy, business or related discipline. Current or recent graduate students are encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainable agriculture, climate policy, and/or forestry, and those with some relevant experience through academic work are preferred
  • Strong research skills
  • Analytical capacities and an interest in quantitative analysis
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) is required, and fluency in Spanish or French would be an asset
  • Excellent organizational skills and comfortable working under multiple deadlines
  • Permission to work in the U.S.
  • Must be able to work in our D.C. office
  • Ability to work well within teams across disciplines and cultures
  • Experience volunteering or working in developing countries would be an asset



Interested candidates should submit their resume and a cover letter in English via e-mail to Caroline Blanchet (c.blanchet [at] Your cover letter should include your availability. Applications will be considered until 12 May 2017 and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Release Date

18 April 2017

Key Contacts

Caroline Blanchet
Office Manager