Climate Solutions’ mission is to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides in the Pacific Northwest. Climate Solutions is seeking an outgoing, energetic, self‐motivated and outcome‐oriented individual to help catalyze our BLCS Program during the summer of 2009. This internship is an unpaid and is designed to help us to bring BLCS to scale and train future leaders on critical skills. The Business Partnerships Intern will support a broad variety of activities relating to the BLCS program.
Climate Solutions has launched a new effort called Business Leaders for Climate Solutions (BLCS) to
bring together executives, entrepreneurs and investors from around the Northwest who are
committed to strong action to reduce global warming pollution and regional leadership in the
transition to a clean and energy efficient economy. The program was started to organize vital
support in the business community for the public policy changes needed to address climate change.
To date, we have recruited some 350 business leaders in Washington and Oregon, many of whom
have become actively involved in advocating for strong public policies; written editorials in support
of climate change policy for leading papers; and met with federal and state elected officials.
Climate Solutions is seeking an outgoing, energetic, self‐motivated and outcome‐oriented
individual to help catalyze our BLCS Program during the summer of 2009. This internship is an
unpaid and is designed to help us to bring BLCS to scale and train future leaders on critical skills.
The Business Partnerships Intern will support a broad variety of activities relating to the BLCS
The work completed will be based in Seattle during the summer of 2009 (exact dates are flexible),
with potential for continuing the internship through the fall as part of academic work. The
Business Partnerships Intern will report to our Seattle‐based Senior Advisor for Business
Partnerships, Ross Macfarlane, with our Business Partnerships Fellow, Bonnie Frye Hemphill,
available for orientation help through June.
Scope of Work:
The Business Partnerships Intern will support the full range of activities relating to the BLCS
Specific responsibilities include:
• Identifying and recruiting potential BLCS members;
• Communications with BLCS members and prospects, including regular electronic
• Engaging BLCS members, prospects, and other members of the business community in relevant
policy issues, including drafting and recruiting signatories for op‐eds, letters to elected officials
and other communications;
• Assisting in events relevant to business leaders;
• Research, analysis and writing on issues relevant to the business community;
• Manage BLCS database
• Assist in recruiting business sponsors for the Climate Solutions annual event and other
Desired Skills and Experiences
• Excellent communication skills
• Strong writing and editing skills
• Self‐starter with passion to build the network of businesses who are committed to clean and
sustainable technologies and strong climate and clean energy policy.
• Familiar with computer and other communication technologies including Microsoft Office
• Experience with relational databases at a user level.
• Ability to work effectively both independently and with a team.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Flexibility and desire to take on additional responsibilities as opportunities and needs arise.
• Commitment to the mission and goals of Climate Solutions.
Send cover letter addressed to Ross Macfarlane, Senior Advisor for Business Partnerships, with a
résumé, and three references as attachments to:
Conner Sharpe at conner<at>climatesolutions.org (Please put Business Partnerships Intern in the
Applications accepted until position is filled.
For more information, visit: www.climatesolutions.org