Current Job Openings

This page includes current job openings, fellowship opportunities, and research assistant opportunities at the Georgetown Climate Center.

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Fellowship Opportunity: GCC Seeks Graduating Law Students for Justice Fellow Program

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking two graduating JD students for one-year Georgetown Justice Fellowships. GCC is offering two full-time, paid positions: the Justice Fellow for Mitigation will join GCC’s efforts to support policies that reduce climate changing emissions, and the Justice Fellow for Adaptation will support GCC’s work related to climate adaptation and resilience. Justice Fellowships are open to graduates receiving their JD from an accredited law school no later than May 2023. Applications for both positions are due February 15, 2023.

The Justice Fellow for the Adaptation Program will work with GCC staff to conduct research, legal and policy analysis, and writing related to GCC's federal, state, and local resilience work. This includes GCC's place-based work helping states and communities develop climate-informed policies and planning processes, and federal policy developments that affect states and communities. The Justice Fellow for the Mitigation Program will support GCC's work with senior state and federal officials who are advancing climate, transportation, and clean energy policies that will result in meaningful greenhouse gas emission reductions and equitable outcomes for people and communities. 

Learn more about the Justice Fellowships and how to apply.

Senior Institute Associate, Adaptation Program

The Senior Institute Associate works with the Center’s Executive Director and the Center’s Adaption Program Director and Deputy Director to conduct advanced research and writing assignments, manage complex projects, present to external audiences, and conduct outreach and coordinate with outside partners and contractors, including the following:

  • Lead projects involving policy and legal research, analysis and writing on relevant climate adaptation topics.
  • Coordinate development and maintenance of content for web-based tools delivering climate adaptation policy research (e.g., Adaptation Clearinghouse, state implementation tracking tool, and online toolkits).
  • Represent the Center at conferences, dialogues, vents and with the media.
  • Supervise and coordinate work of research assistants, outside contractors, staff and outside partners.
  • Serve as a high-functioning team member with leadership responsibilities.
  • Identify and respond to opportunities for funding and outreach.

The Senior Institute Associate reports to the Adaptation Program Director of the Georgetown Climate Center; and interacts with senior local, state and federal officials; faculty and Georgetown senior administration; outside partners; funders; members of the media; and students. In addition, the Senior Institute Associate interacts with and supervises the work of research assistants, students and outside consultants. 

Qualifications include a Master’s degree or a J.D., at least 5 years of experience in environmental law and policy, climate change policy or a related field, and excellent communications skills. Preferred qualifications include work on climate adaptation policy, especially with/for local, state, tribal or federal governments.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Read the full job description and apply on the Georgetown Careers website.

Research Assistant Positions

The Georgetown Climate Center takes applications on a rolling basis for Research Assistants to support our work helping cities and states reduce carbon pollution (mitigation) and prepare for the impacts of climate change (adaptation). Students working in the fall and spring semesters work part time (between 5-20 hours per week) around their academic schedules and students can work part or full time (for a maximum of 40 hours per week) in the summer. Please consider meeting the following general application deadlines when applying: Fall: August/Mid-September; Spring: December/January; Summer: March/April.

These positions are only available to Georgetown University students, with a preference for law school students (JD, LLM, SJD) eligible for work study. We will also consider applicants from other undergraduate or graduate programs (e.g., MPP, MPS) within Georgetown University.

Communications Research Assistant

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking a part-time communications research assistant for Fall 2021. The Communications RA will join GCC’s communications team, which supports GCC’s Adaptation and Mitigation programs and their efforts to advance effective climate policy at the local, state, and federal levels. The Communications RA will have the opportunity to work alongside communications, law, and policy experts, learning practical skills in communications strategy and planning, stakeholder engagement, community outreach, social media management, and media relations, including experience working with nonprofit and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. Typical responsibilities include media, website, and policy research, and development of social media campaigns, press releases, web copy, and other public-facing communications materials for GCC. This is a paid position; start date and schedule are flexible to accommodate academic schedules. Law students in need of clinical experience may request academic credit in lieu of payment. To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in the work of the Climate Center and how this position relates to your current areas of study, to

Mitigation Program Research Assistant

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking Georgetown University students interested in working with the Center as Research Assistants (RAs) to support our work to reduce carbon pollution from mobile and stationary sources. The Climate Center works directly with states and the federal government on the development of energy, transportation, and climate change policies.  For example, the Center focused extensively in recent years on the development and implementation of EPA’s Clean Power Plan and continues to support the development and implementation of local, state, and federal policies. The Center also facilitates the Transportation and Climate Initiative — a collaboration that seeks to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector across 11 states and Washington, DC. RA work involves research and analysis of legislation, regulations, policy options, and government programs. Other tasks include developing reports and presentations, helping with event preparations, and performing administrative tasks as needed. The ideal candidate will have familiarity with energy systems, U.S. energy markets, and major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. To apply please send a cover letter, detailing your interest in the work of the Climate Center and how this position relates to your current areas of study, with your resume to James Bradbury (

Adaptation Program Research Assistant

The Georgetown Climate Center is seeking Georgetown University students (from any undergraduate or graduate program/campus in a relevant area of study) interested in working with the Center as Research Assistant(s) to support our work on a variety of cutting-edge projects analyzing and identifying best practices for how state and local governments are preparing for the impacts of climate change (including sea-level rise, managed retreat, and equitable approaches to adaptation, among other topics). GCC provides adaptation resources for a range of state and local government practitioners through our Adaptation Clearinghouse, an online database of adaptation resources, and other online tools, like our Managed Retreat Toolkit and Equitable Adaptation Legal and Policy Toolkit, both launched in 2020.

Given the timeliness and relevance of the material covered by these new toolkits, GCC is working directly with state and local government practitioners in two different states (New Jersey and Louisiana) to provide place-based legal and policy support as they explore managed retreat approaches that integrate equity considerations. RAs will work with Center staff to help in the research related to this place-based work. RAs will also research and write resource summaries and case studies of innovative best practices that are being developed and implemented at the state and local levels to be included in our toolkits, Adaptation Clearinghouse, and State Adaptation Progress Tracker.

Candidate Qualifications and How to Apply: Applicants should be current Georgetown University students and should have strong research, writing, and editing skills and a demonstrated interest in climate adaptation or a related field. We prefer, but do not require, applicants who have prior experience working with state or local governments or nonprofits, particularly working on climate change, environmental, and/or land-use law or policy, or equity and community/urban development. We also prefer applicants that are work-study eligible. To apply for an Adaptation Research Assistant position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Annie Bennett (