Salata Climate Policy Summer Internship Program 

The Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability at Harvard University is seeking student applicants for its Climate Policy Summer Internship Program in partnership with the Massachusetts State House.
Program Description

The Climate Policy Summer Internship Program is run by the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability in collaboration with climate-focused legislative offices at the Massachusetts State House. In 2024, the program will facilitate the placement of up to seven Harvard students, undergraduate or graduate, in participating legislative offices that are addressing climate, environmental, or sustainability issues in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The program provides professional development opportunities for Harvard Students to explore career pathways at the intersection of climate, policy, and public service. 

Read about last-years Climate Policy Internship experience.

Program Funding:

The Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability will compensate each Climate Policy Intern at a rate of $22.00 per hour for their work. 

Program Hours and Duration

10-20 Hours/week for 8-12 weeks (flexible based on legislative office) May – July 2024.

Program Qualifications
  • Undergraduate or graduate student at Harvard University
  • Must be returning as an enrolled student during the Fall term following the internship period
  • Must be able to commute into the Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133)
  • Must have access to a laptop or personal computer
Application Instructions:

Applications are CLOSED 

  • Application Deadline: February 22nd, 2024 (11:59 PM)
  • Application Limit: Students should not apply to more than 2 legislative offices

Timeline: Each Legislative Office will review applications and conduct interviews with potential candidates. Internship offers will be made to in early March, 2024. The Salata Institute does not guarantee an internship placement for all students who apply through the program.

2024 Participating Legislative Offices: 

Representative Jeffrey Roy, 10th Norfolk

Priority Areas: Electric Vehicle and Heat Pump Expansion, Clean Energy

Chair Roy’s priorities include reforming permitting processes for the buildout of the distribution  infrastructure needed to expand adoption of EVs and heat pumps. These reforms must be centered in equity and set the standard for host community engagement. Chair Roy also expects to advance policies to improve the EV infrastructure network; support ratepayers through advanced metering infrastructure; connect clean energy to the grid in a timely manner; and ensure a speedy rollout of municipal aggregations.

Representative Michelle Ciccolo, 15th Middlesex

Priority Areas: Waste Reduction and Diversion, Green Mobility, Food and Agriculture, Transportation Finance

Representative Ciccolo is a member of the Committees of Environment and Natural Resources, State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, Elder Affairs, and Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. The Representative is also a member of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Caucus and serves as the House co-chair of the Zero Waste Caucus and the Trails Caucus. Representative Ciccolo’s climate-related priority areas include waste reduction and diversion, food waste, and sustainable transportation, including the expansion of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and the development of transportation finance solutions.

Representative David LeBoeuf, 17th Worcester

Priority Areas: Economic Justice, Health Equity

Representative LeBoeuf’s climate change policies are centered on economic justice and health equity. He has spearheaded efforts to make public transportation fare-free in Central Massachusetts and is the lead sponsor of legislation to electrify public buses and school transportation. His office is currently working with international partners to launch an electric vehicle apprenticeship program focused on making sure low-income communities are not left behind as we transition away from fossil fuels. 

Representative Mindy Domb, 3rd Hampshire

Priority Areas: Climate Education, Youth Leadership, Green Transportation, Green Buildings, Climate and Health

Interns in Representative Domb’s office will research and write on her priority areas which include: assessing state investments for climate risk, supporting educators to teach about climate science, supporting agriculture, supporting e-bike availability and use in MA, building green schools, assessing, health impacts of climate change, engaging youth in the district around climate advocacy.

Representative Joan Meschino, 3rd Plymouth

Priority Areas: Nature Based Solutions, Transportation and Public Utilities, Clean Energy, Building Decarbonization

Interns working in Rep. Meschino’s office provide daily legislative and communication support and will be asked to apply their academic research and writing skills in a specific policy area in support of the Representative’s work, focusing on opportunities for future climate legislation. Representative Meschino’s climate-related priority areas include energy and environment, transportation and public utilities, housing and building decarbonization, and nature-based solutions. 

Representative Steven Owens, 29th Middlesex

Priority Areas: Transportation Electrification, Clean Energy

Representative Owens serves as the House Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Management as well as the House Chair of the Clean Energy Legislative Caucus. He is a member of the Committees on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy; Financial Services; Global Warming and Climate Change; and Steering, Policy and Scheduling. Representative Owens is prioritizing bills that will transition the Commonwealth to a clean energy economy through transportation electrification and the phasing out of natural gas as a heat source. Learn more about Rep. Owens’ legislation here

Representative David Rogers, 24th Middlesex

Priority Areas: Waste Reduction & Recycling, Energy Efficiency, Transportation, Resource Conservation

Representative Rogers is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education and sponsors 14 different bills addressing climate, sustainability, or environmental challenges. The Representative’s other climate-related policy areas include energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, and resource conservation and preservation. An intern with Rep. Rogers’ office would conduct extensive research and writing on his new bill, An Act to establish fashion sustainability and social accountability in the Commonwealth which address issues related to climate, pollution, waste, and fair labor practices. 

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