Climate Caucus placements

Internship with Climate Caucus

Start and end dates are flexible. Interested students may refer to the Councillor Handbook to see what kind of work Climate Caucus does and where students might see gaps they would like to work on. For more information, please contact Judy O’Leary (judy@climatecaucus.ca) for more information


Climate Caucus. a network of 300+ councillors, mayors, and regional directors from across Canada who are pushing for stronger climate action by local governments. One of our main priorities is to assist our members in delivering climate action in their communities. To do so we have been developing a Councillor Handbook of detailed climate action plans.

Description of internship work product
• climate initiatives for specific subject areas which can undertaken by locally elected officials
(mayors, councillors and regional directors) including:
• briefing notes for staff and council outlining the issue and proposed initiative, anticipated
benefits, areas of potential concern and how these can be mitigated
• relevant case studies along with resolutions and bylaws

Subject areas (to be further narrowed down for specific internships)
• Transportation
• Buildings
• Food Security
• Carbon budgeting and accountability
• Nature based solutions

Examples of areas students have worked on to date:
• recruitment and engagement
• green infrastructure for local governments
• retrofit policies or local governments
• integrating natural assets into municipal asset management systems

Skills required
• good research and writing skills
• demonstrated interest in solving the climate crisis
• comfortable conducting interviews with local government staff and councillors, including
qualitative analysis of interview findings
• ability to work independently as this is a remote placement

Mentorship
• Climate Caucus staff with experience in both government and post secondary teaching have successfully mentored several student interns from Carleton, UBC and University of Toronto
• We provide regular team meetings and ongoing mentorship as well as optional training in
• facilitation skills for online meetings
• technical writing skills for briefing elected officials

Friday, April 30, 2021