Empowering Diverse Climate Talent
The Empowering Diverse Climate Talent (EDICT) Internship Program was designed to create a diverse pipeline of talent for the climate sector, to empower climate organizations in creating inclusive cultures, and to support the skill and network development of rising leaders from traditionally excluded groups.
Why it matters
The growing green economy has a diversity problem.
The industry needs workforce pathways to prepare climate leaders from all backgrounds. Climate change disproportionately impacts low-income and communities of color, but the climate change movement lacks diverse representation to ensure all lived experiences are contributing to the evolution of the climate sector.
To solve climate change in an equitable fashion, we need to access a much greater diversity of thought and empower people with a wide variety of lived experiences. Diversity spurs innovation, opens new markets, and leads to more equitable solutions. Through EDICT, we’re creating opportunities for groups that have too often been intentionally and unintentionally excluded in our sector.
The International Labor Organization estimates
24 Million Jobs
worldwide could be created by the green economy by 2030 alone. They expect that renewables and environmental jobs could actually outnumber oil and gas in total jobs by 2023.
of employees at environmental organizations in the U.S. are people of color.
EDICT Internship Program
The EDICT Internship Program is a partnership with(CELI), Elemental Excelerator, and that focuses on creating a diverse pipeline of talent in the climate change movement and places candidates in 10-week paid internships at partner employers dedicated to solving climate change. It is designed to match employers from all corners of climate innovation – for-profits, nonprofits, funders, and government organizations – with aspiring climate professionals, college students, and recent graduates from traditionally excluded backgrounds.
Students and recent graduates gain access to paid summer internships, a cohort community, supplemental training, support, and access to networks in the climate tech and clean energy ecosystems. Employers receive support on overall culture change efforts to become more diverse and inclusive through a three-part training series and engaging in fellowship convenings with a community of program employers.
Join us today as we work towards an equitable, resilient, and decarbonized future and diversify the leadership of the climate and clean energy economy.
of our previous program employer partners would consider participating in our program again.
of our 2021 employer partners wanted to extend the length of the internship.
The EDICT Pledge
What is it?
All employers participating in the EDICT Internship Program take the EDICT Pledge prior to hosting an intern. The Pledge is a commitment to create a diverse and inclusive climate workforce that centers equity. EDICT employers and any organization dedicated to diversifying our green economy can take the pledge by committing to the following:
- Pushing for the inclusion of diverse voices at all conferences and industry events.
- Interviewing diverse candidates for every job opening. Once hired, mentoring, promoting and sponsoring them on a path to success.
- Having the conversations needed to support the careers of the diverse people hired in your organization.
- Searching out diverse mid-career and senior hires from other industries.
- Hiring paid interns from diverse backgrounds whenever you host internships.
- Using data to hold yourself accountable; committing to transparency, so you can blaze a trail others can follow.
Interns have worked across the following roles and for the following host companies:
- Business Development
- Finance & Accounting
- Product Development
- Data science
- HR & Recruiting
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Frontline communities, primarily low-income and communities of color, are often impacted first and worst by climate change and excluded from career opportunities in its solutions. It's time to break the cycle.