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Equal Opportunity

UCS is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. UCS aims for diversity in the workplace because we understand that diversity is a strength to be valued and developed in our organization. UCS understands that a diverse workforce strengthens our ability to carry out the important charge of our mission.


Want Interesting Work That Matters?

Consider a UCS internship!

  • Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference AND gain useful work experience at the same time?
  • Would you like to work with people who know how to influence public policy?

Then consider applying for one of our internships.

Please note that these internships vary in length and time offered. 


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What qualifications do I need?

    We expect all applicants to have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers.

  2. What are the hours, and will I get paid?

    Most of our internships are full-time with regular business hours (9-5, Monday through Friday) with one paid hour for lunch. All interns receive a competitive salary. Please see individual listings for salary information.

  3. What if I’m not a U.S. citizen?

    Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must be able to provide an employment authorization document from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

  4. How do I apply?

    See instructions for each internship below. 


Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, established in 1987, is a highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security.

Twice yearly, the Fellowship's Board of Directors selects a small group of outstanding individuals to spend six to nine months in Washington. Supported by a monthly stipend, the fellows serve as full-time project assistants at the participating organization of their choice.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is one of the organizations where Scoville Fellows can elect to work.

Scoville Fellows, through independent projects and active participation with their chosen organization and the larger community dedicated to peace and security issues, have rich opportunities to gain experience and leadership skills and to help translate their social concerns into direct action. In addition, each fellow selects a board member to serve as a mentor and mentor, smoothing the transition to Washington, DC.

Scoville Fellows are selected from an international pool of distinguished applicants. Prospective fellows are expected to demonstrate excellent academic accomplishments and a strong interest in issues of peace and security. Graduate study, a college major, course work, or substantial independent reading that reflects the substantive focus of the fellowship is also a plus. Prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy is highly desirable. It is preferred, but not required, that such activities be focused on peace and security issues.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Scoville Peace Fellowship website.


California & Western States Program Assistant

9- Month Paid Internship
Oakland, CA Office

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet's most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 450,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. Our experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.

The Position

The California and Western States Program Assistant will help the California and Western States office organize and communicate support for strong climate, clean energy, and clean vehicles policies. In particular, the Program Assistant will help organize support from key audiences, coordinate events that educate policymakers on UCS issues, and aid in other outreach activities.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible 9-month paid internship position.


  • Manage planning of events that connect UCS experts with policy makers;
  • Support organizing of scientists, other experts, activists, and coalition partners in California and other western states;
  • Assist with online communications to UCS citizen and science networks;
  • Assist with drafting of letters, fact sheets, talking points, letters-to-the-editor, website content, emails, and other communications;
  • Support office in handling day-to-day projects and activities based on urgency, such as background research, responding to inquiries, or attending meetings and events;
  • Track outreach activities and help maintain databases and distribution lists.

Qualifications and experience

Candidates must have strong demonstrated organizational skills as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. Must have the ability to be flexible to respond to fast-changing campaign needs; ability to write for and speak to lay audiences; and ability to communicate effectively with professionals who may be expert and/or prominent in their fields. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required. Some understanding of database maintenance, web management and on-line organizing tools is preferred. Strong candidates will have a proven track record of taking initiative and being comfortable managing projects. Campaign experience is a plus. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.

At UCS, comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full-time, benefits-eligible internship position, lasting from January 5, 2015 through September 30, 2015, based in UCS’s Oakland, CA office. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is the equivalent of $15 per hour. UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment, and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to diversify its staff andto broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. Information about the organization is available at

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, how you learned about the position and resume via email to and include “California Program Assistant” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: November 9, 2014 or until filled.

We Need Your Support
to Make Change Happen

We can reduce global warming emissions and ensure communities have the resources they need to withstand the effects of climate change—but not without you. Your generous support helps develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.