EDICT Internship Program

EDICT Internship Program

The EDICT Program was designed to create a diverse pipeline of talent, 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.

Climate change disproportionately impacts low-income and communities of color, but the climate change movement lacks diverse representation. The industry needs workforce pathways to prepare climate leaders from all backgrounds.

The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates

24 Million Jobs

worldwide could be created by the green economy by 2030 alone, "we expect that renewables and environment could actually outnumber oil and gas in total jobs on our platform by 2023, a major pendulum shift towards green jobs in a relatively short period."



of employees at environmental organizations in the U.S. are people of color.


Elemental Excelerator is proud to partner with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute and FutureMap on the EDICT Internship program for students and recent graduates from traditionally excluded groups. Interns receive paid summer internships, a cohort community, supplemental training, support, and access to networks in the climate tech and clean energy ecosystems. 

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.

Join us today as we work towards an equitable, resilient, and decarbonized future and diversify the leadership of the climate and clean energy economy.

Read More About EDICT’s Origin Story


of our 2021 employer partners would consider participating in our program again.


of our 2021 employer partners wanted to extend the length of the internship.


What is it?

The EDICT Program is a partnership with Clean Energy Leadership Institute, Elemental Excelerator, and FutureMap 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.

Who are the Employers?

An employer can be a company, nonprofit, funder, or government organization committed to creating a diverse and inclusive climate workforce that centers equity.

Who are the Interns?

College students and recent graduates from traditionally excluded backgrounds.

What’s the experience like?

In addition to the experience and knowledge gained from working with their host companies, interns receive professional development workshops, ongoing support, and a cohort community of interns through the EDICT Program.

Employers also have the opportunity to attend three leadership development workshops and participate in a community of practice with fellow managers.

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We are partnering with Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) and FutureMap, and are so grateful for the support we received from the Schmidt Family Foundation and NREL / IN2 for this work.

Last Year’s Program & Alumni

Roles in the past have included:

  • Research
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Partnerships
  • Programs
  • Business Development
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Product Development
  • Data science
  • HR & Recruiting
  • Operations
  • Legal
  • Policy

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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.