EDICT Employers

EDICT employers are committed to building a more diverse, inclusive, and stronger climate sector. While applications to host an intern for summer 2022 are officially closed, you can still sign the EDICT pledge!

What it takes

Take the EDICT Pledge

Before signing up to host an EDICT intern, organizations must first commit to setting actionable goals towards creating a climate sector with equity at the center.

Partner Deeply

  • Have capacity to thoughtfully onboard and mentor an intern.
  • Provide a clear job description / scope.
  • Support 1-3 paid hours per week of professional development and community building for interns during the interns’ workday.
  • Commit to working with the EDICT team throughout the internship to ensure a meaningful experience for all parties.

Invest in Equity Work

  • Managers are required to attend three training sessions throughout the summer and to be an active participant of the community of practice.
  • Participating companies are expected to fund the position and a program administrative fee. We have financial aid for organizations that need additional support to make this happen — see FAQ below.

Testimonials

Marie Thompson

Principal, Powerhouse Ventures

"Mick was a big value add to our small team. She was able to come up to speed quickly, contribute across a lot of different types of work, and was a lot of fun to work with."

Elango Thevar

CEO, NEER Technologies, Inc

"Joesph really impressed our team from day one. His commitment to attention to detail and willingness to go above and beyond to finish certain tasks is very impressive.”

Dana Shapiro

CEO, Hawaii Ulu Co-op

“Both our interns were awesome and weʻre sad theyʻre leaving! Kaili really went above and beyond by flying to Hawaii Island on short notice to help me with the annual member meeting in Hilo and I could not have gotten through that event without her!”

How you’ll benefit 

From our experience working with interns and climate organizations, we have learned that while organizations value mentoring and empowering new talent, they often lack the resources to create their own in-house internship programs. This is where EDICT comes in.

Participating organizations will be able to focus on engaging in meaningful projects with their interns, while receiving additional support and benefits from EDICT, including:

 

  • Leadership workshops to prepare managers to lead a diverse workforce.
  • Ability to compete for talent without having to invest in coaching, curriculum, professional development, and other benefits that larger companies often offer interns.
  • Climate-focused workshops that expose interns to industry knowledge and enhance the skills they bring to your work together.

Key dates

December 13, 2021

December 13, 2021

Applications open for companies interested in hosting EDICT interns for 2022.

Jan 24 - Feb 8, 2022

Jan 24 - Feb 8, 2022

Intern applications open Jan. 24 and close Feb. 8

June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022

Orientation & onboarding for interns & employers

June 13 - August 19, 2022

June 13 - August 19, 2022

The EDICT Internship Program takes place (10-weeks total)

Fall 2022

Fall 2022

Applications open for companies interested in hosting EDICT interns for 2023

FAQs

How will you be selecting employers?

We’re looking for employers who can commit to the following critical success factors:

  • Each intern has a dedicated supervisor throughout the summer
  • A clear job description / scope
  • Demonstrated thoughtfulness around onboarding & inclusion 
  • Our target is no more than 2 interns per employer

Do the internships have to be remote?

EDICT prefers remote internships — our talent is based all over the US! This comes with some flexibility based on where you’re registered to do business, the possibility for full-time role conversion, or your ability to provide living / housing stipends. Depending on the type of work, in-person may also be required (e.g. fieldwork or labwork).

How does the recruiting & intern selection/matching process work?

  • EDICT focuses on creating a diverse pipeline of talent from communities traditionally overlooked in the climate change movement. We ensure a diverse pipeline of undergraduate, graduate, and recently graduated students.
  • We complete an initial screening & ranking of students based on their profiles and their interest in roles.
  • We share a shortlist of top candidates with you and your company. You screen & interview candidates according to your own typical interview process. Ultimately, the choice of intern is up to you. 
  • Given the fact that we want to empower companies to select their favorite candidates, it’s possible that you say “no” to all of the candidates. In this case, we’d provide some additional profiles. If those don’t work out for various reasons, you would withdraw your participation from the program. Note that last year we had a combined total of 1200+ applicants and we’re confident that we can find you some fantastic interns!
  • Please note that the company hires the intern — not EDICT. This means the intern will appear under the company’s payroll and may be entitled to additional benefits offered by the host company.

What are the dates of the 2022 program?

June 13 – August 19, 2022

Intern and supervisor orientation will be the prior week, June 6.

We will open host company applications for the 2023 season in December of 2022. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with progress and announcements.

Does participation in this program cost anything?

Yes. Organizations are expected to pay for:

A) The intern’s compensation, B) A program fee, and C) an investment of 3 hours of professional development for the student each week, which comes out of their work time.

See our pricing sheet for more details.

What does it mean to be a “climate” organization -- am I eligible?

Our goal is to build the future generation of climate leaders, and we take quite a broad view of what this means. This could include sustainability, international development, poverty reduction, renewable energy, policy, waste management, public health, or education.

I want to participate, but I can’t afford to. Is there financial aid?

  • Yes, there is! When you apply, you can also apply for financial aid. Please note you must be qualified to receive federal funding. 
  • The financial aid will cover the full or partial cost of the program for selected employers. 
  • More information about financial aid will be released with the next cycle of applications.
  • Follow our newsletter to be notified at that time.

What are frontline communities?

We define “frontline communities” as those striving to become more resilient to the near-term and immediate climate threats they face but who have been systematically underinvested in. These communities face unjust exposure to the impacts of climate change due to a legacy of systemic, largely racialized, inequity that influences their living and working places, the quality of air and water, and their economic opportunities. Frontline communities often include people of color, immigrants, people with lower incomes and those in rural areas, and indigenous people.

 

What if I really want to participate, but don’t know exactly what project the intern will work on?

The job description should have enough information for the intern to know what they are getting into. We highly recommend using this sample job description template and at least honing in on the skills needed (e.g. writing, marketing, research, data analysis); the department (e.g. Sales, Engineering), and a general description of the types of projects that the intern can expect.

What are traditionally excluded groups?

Includes Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) community, people who have disabilities, people from low-income backgrounds, people who identify as nonbinary and women continue to be severely underrepresented in our sector. 

Can companies outside the US apply?

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot legally accommodate international placements.

Application Materials needed

  1. Signed EDICT Pledge.
  2. A 3-4 sentence blurb about your company that would be exciting to a college student!
  3. A PDF of your Job Description(s):
    • Each company can apply for up to 2 interns
    • Each internship needs a separate job description 
    • We highly recommend using this sample job description template.

 

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