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2817 Climate Intern - Durham, NC

The Organization:

he Organization:
Self-Help is a leading National community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals, and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago, and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at,, and

Internship Program:
Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI's). Along with each specific intern project, the intern wil participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole. Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description:
The Climate Intern will take a meaningful role to create Self-Help's first-ever Sustainability Report and set quantitative long term carbon and sustainability goals. The intern will review internationally accepted frameworks such as those of the Carbon Disclosure Project and the Global Reporting Initiative. We will use these to guide our mission-based community development finance organization to identify workable climate goals. The work will tap into our ongoing collaboration to develop a North American version of the Dutch Platform for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF).

The Climate Intern will also make substantive contributions in Self-Help's renewable energy and energy efficiency activities. Together, we will create a workplan that both advances Self-Help objectives and also focuses on your skill development goals. Some examples of the wide range of tasks we will chose from are:

  • Develop materials to educate members, staff, and partners about the interconnected threads; of energy poverty, environmental justice, economic development, racial equity, climate justice;
  • Create educational materials for consumers, including print, web and video;
  • Use energy benchmarking software to track improvements in our commercial buildings;
  • Calculate return on investment for energy efficiency upgrades under consideration;
  • Work with branch managers to implement HVAC preventative maintenance plans and plan for efficient replacement of mechanical equipment.

We take teaching and mentoring seriously, and are committed to professional development for our interns.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Think creatively , write clearly, listen critically, read and digest literature and writte materials in order to research the landscape of climate reporting.

Physical Requirements:
Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally life and exert force of up to 10 pounds.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to  with the internship title as the subject by February 25, 2019..

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.