Program Details

During the training sessions, fellows are given the chance to network with one another as well as meet sustainability leaders from participating companies.Jump to a section:


Throughout the fall, EDF Climate Corps staff will be traveling to universities across the country to give information sessions about the program. Check out our Calendar of Events to find out when and where you can meet us to learn more about the program.

In addition, we will be attending both the National Black MBA Association and Net Impact Conferences. 

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for 2014. Applications for 2015 will open in the fall. 

Interviewing and Matching Process

Screening: Applications are screened for a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with strong project management experience
  • Experience of graduate-level background in financial analysis
  • Consulting, corporate advisory or large company experience
  • Resourcefulness and ability to work both independently and on cross-functional teams
  • Eligibility to work in the United States during the summer of 2014

Interviewing: EDF is partnering with California Environmental Associates to conduct all interviews. There are two interviews that will be conducted via Skype. The first interview measures candidates against our core selection criteria. The second interview is focused on finding the appropriate match based on organizational culture, the fellow's background and the organization's needs.

If you don't have Skype, you can download it here.

Matching: While candidates cannot apply for a specific organization, EDF will provide an up-to-date list of participating organizations on the application portal. Candidates will be able to check off organizations they have a high interest in for our consideration.

Reference check: References provided are checked after the first interview and prior to making an offer to a candidate.

Offer letter: Candidates are given 7 days to accept the offer from EDF Climate Corps. This is due to the high volume of matches EDF needs to confirm, so there are no exceptions.

Onboarding Conversation: After a candidate accepts the offer to be an EDF Climate Corps fellow, we will connect them with their potential host organization supervisor for the onboarding conversation. The conversation is an opportunity for the fellow and the supervisor to get to know one another and ensure a successful summer. If there is a misalignment in expectations for any reason, EDF will find another placement for the fellow. Since 2008, host organization supervisors have been pleased with all matches we’ve made.

Match Confirmed: EDF Climate Corps will confirm your match officially with you and your host organization supervisor. At this point, you will create your summer workplan with your host supervisor, have a kick-off call with your EDF engagement manager and host supervisor, and plan your travel to the training in May.


Fellows are paid $1,250/week and reimbursed for travel expenses for the EDF Climate Corps Training and the Fall Network Event.

After the Fellowship

EDF's objective is to demonstrate that energy efficiency saves energy and therefore saves organizations money. EDF staff will follow up with the host organizations to find out whether identified measures are implemented and the resulting energy savings six months and 18 months after the fellowship is complete. EDF also convenes all alumni and host organizations each year for its annual EDF Climate Corps Fall Network Event, where participants can connect and share learnings.

Program Timeline

Initial Steps Application & Selection Final Steps

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September 1, 2013

Fellow application available online

September-December 2013

On-campus recruiting events 

September 10-14, 2013

Meet members of the EDF team at the National Black MBA Association Conference

October 24-26, 2013

Meet members of the EDF team at the Net Impact Conference 

January 9, 2014

Fellow application deadline

February-April 2014

Interview and matching period

April 25, 2014

2014 EDF Climate Corps fellows confirmed

April-May 2014

Fellow works with host supervisor to draft summer workplan

May 2014 

EDF Climate Corps training for fellows


Fellowship begins


Results reported


Fall Network Event

Read about our selection criteria »