Summer 2017 Internships in Climate Communications Strategy and Analysis

Summer 2017 Internships in Climate Communications Strategy and Analysis


Dates: Between May and August, 4 week minimum time commitment (5-10 hours/week)

Contact: Lisa Fernandez| ( Subject line: 2017 Summer Internship


About YPCCC: The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication seeks to bridge the gap between science and society by revealing the underlying American psychology behind climate change. Through public opinion surveys, message testing, and modeling and field tests, we explore what Americans believe, how different audiences receive messages, and ways to move and mobilize various actors at home and abroad. For instance, we conduct a twice-yearly nationally representative survey of public climate change opinion, Climate Change in the American Mind.

We use our findings to elevate public discourse around climate change and empower professional climate communicators from local communities to the White House with information and strategies to more effectively engage their audiences and catalyze solutions. Through this work, the YPCCC has built a significant public presence with regular appearances in the media (including CNN and the New York Times), about a quarter million followers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and thousands of weekly website visitors. Some of our latest work includes a report on Trump voters and global warming and an article about inoculating the public against misinformation about climate change. Yale Climate Connections, a nationally broadcast daily radio program about solutions to global warming, is another important part of our work.

About the Position: Ideal for students, this position is an unpaid internship with an option for paid work depending on the activity. Interns will craft content for our outreach programs, with a particular focus on social media. Interns may also have the opportunity to conduct independent projects to analyze the impact of our outreach on particular audiences including environmental communicators, scholars and advocacy organizations, or write posts for our blog on a topic of their own interest that connects to our work.

Projects include:

  • Social media posting: help us reach our goals for social media and explore new platforms
  • Design: create infographics and data visualizations of YPCCC’s findings for use on social media platforms
  • Strategy consulting: interview and write spotlights on users of YPCCC data; conduct a landscape analysis of the environmental movement’s evidence-driven campaigning
  • Facebook ads: test different ad options for optimization and run experiments
  • Content strategy: research and develop new content for our website and social media outlets, including infographics, blog posts, short research pieces (branded as “Climate Notes”), and summaries of YPCCC findings and other relevant research
  • Analysis: assist with data analysis for public survey polling and social media



  • Flexible hours and location (remote work is an option)
  • Negotiable start and end date