Frequently Asked Questions for Fellows

FAQ for Fellows

Which organizations will be participating?

Which organizations will be participating?

Companies, cities, universities and nonprofits of any size, located anywhere throughout the United States, can hire an EDF Climate Corps fellow. A list of 2018 host organizations will be available to candidates during the interview process and fellows are matched with host organizations based on their location, industry and project type preferences. See a full list of past organizations here.

How many hosts and fellows participate each summer?

How many hosts and fellows participate each summer?

In 2017, we placed 108 fellows within 93 organizations. The final number depends on the number of organizations participating in the program.

Can students apply to a specific organization?

Can students apply to a specific organization?

Applicants cannot apply to a specific organization, but a list of 2018 host organizations and projects will be available to candidates during the interview process. Fellows will be able to indicate there preferences in organization, location, sector and project. Fellows are then matched based on their relevant experience, host organization needs and applicant preferences.

Can international students apply?

Can international students apply?

We welcome applications from anyone who fits the criteria of the program and is eligible to work in the United States during the summer. If you are an international student, please make it clear on your application that you are eligible to work in the United States when applying. See our Work Authorization Policy for more information. 

Do students have to have a certain graduate degree to apply?

Do students have to have a certain graduate degree to apply?

We welcome applications from all graduate students who meet the EDF Climate Corps qualifications.

How long is the fellowship?

How long is the fellowship?

EDF Climate Corps fellowships are a minimum of 10 weeks between May and September. The exact weeks will depend on the host’s and fellow's schedule.

What are my work hours over the summer?

What are my work hours over the summer?

We expect fellows to work 40 hours a week with start/end times dependent on the norm of the organization at which they are placed. Depending on your progress and the complexity of the project, you may find that you have to work more than 40 hours in some weeks to complete your analysis.

Is attendance to the four-day training mandatory?

Is attendance to the four-day training mandatory?

Yes, the training is mandatory for all selected fellows. The training gives fellows the opportunity to meet other fellows and EDF staff, learn about energy management and sustainability and discuss responsibilities for the summer. Last year's agenda can be found here.

Can I attend the training if I am not a fellow?

Can I attend the training if I am not a fellow?

While we would love to be able to train everyone on the ins and outs of energy management, as of now, we are only able to provide a training program for EDF Climate Corps fellows.

What is the host organization’s commitment?

What is the host organization’s commitment?

EDF Climate Corps host organizations agree that they will:

  • Provide a fellow salary of at least $1,250 per week for at least ten weeks and $2,500 for fellow travel and accommodations at the training and annual network event. Price will vary for our China program.
  • Provide a supportive high-level project sponsor and an accessible day-to-day manager
  • Provide suitable office space and support from relevant departments
  • Make accessible relevant records and information such as energy audits or utility bill information
  • Implement fellow recommendations at the discretion of the organization
  • Provide EDF with updates on implementation after fellowship completion

Typically, host organizations onboard their fellows as “interns” or “term employees.” Ultimately, it is up to the host organization to work with their HR department to figure out best way to classify and work with their fellows. There is no expectation by EDF Climate Corps to provide benefits in addition to the fellow salary.

What is EDF’s commitment?

What is EDF’s commitment?

EDF Climate Corps agrees to:

  • Recruit and interview qualified graduate students
  • Train the fellows and provide them with resources such as the EDF Climate Corps Handbook
  • Provide each fellow with an EDF Engagement Manager for support throughout the fellowship
  • Aggregate and publicize the total energy and cost savings identified through the EDF Climate Corps program
  • Be available for follow-up consultations after fellowship completion

What is the fellow’s commitment?

What is the fellow’s commitment?

EDF Climate Corps fellows agree that they will:

  • Provide documentation that they are a U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S. over the summer
  • Work onsite at the host organization full-time for at least ten weeks on the assigned workplan
  • Provide final deliverables based on their workplan including a set of recommendations and tools to drive next steps

Does EDF or the host organization provide summer housing or transportation?

Does EDF or the host organization provide summer housing or transportation?

EDF does not provide fellows with summer housing or transportation to the cities of summer employment. Host organizations are not required to provide this either; however, fellows can check with their managers to see if this is offered for their host organization’s fellows.

Are there full-time opportunities available with the host organization or EDF after the fellowship is completed?

Are there full-time opportunities available with the host organization or EDF after the fellowship is completed?

EDF Climate Corps does not have automatic conversion to a full-time position. However, each host organization is different and depending on availability and budget, fellows may be asked to consult or be brought on full-time by their host organization. This, however, is not something that EDF asks of the participating organizations. Opportunities within EDF are limited; however, interested fellows are encouraged to view the EDF website regularly for job openings.

Who do fellows work for officially, EDF or the host organization?

Who do fellows work for officially, EDF or the host organization?

Fellows officially are hired by and work for the organization at which they are placed. For select non-profit and public sector organizations, EDF sponsors and hires the fellow to serve with the host organization. 

Fellows may refer to their employment status as working for "Organization X, as an EDF Climate Corps fellow."

When should I apply?

When should I apply?

We have two deadlines, December 5th, 2017 and January 5th, 2018. Applicants who apply by December 6th will be eligible to be matched with host organizations in the first wave of offers at the end of February. Applicants who apply by the second deadline will be eligible to be matched in late March. We encourage applicants to apply early to get the best chance of being accepted to their preferred host organization.

What is the EDF Climate Corps Work Authorization Policy?

What is the EDF Climate Corps Work Authorization Policy?

Please see our Work Authorization Policy here

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