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Employment Opportunities

 Executive Assistant Intern

Location: Washington, DC

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is seeking an intern who is passionate about policy change and the policy interface with public health threats.  The intern will learn advocacy and leadership skills while serving as an executive assistant to the Executive Director. 

Physicians for Social Responsibility works on the gravest threats to human health and survival from nuclear weapons, climate and toxic chemicals.  Learn firsthand program development and implementation and management of development of grant proposals.  Help create topnotch meetings and materials for our multi-tiered organization. 

Enjoy teamwork in an office that is welcoming and supportive of interns.  We encourage interns to attend informational meetings and other benefits of being in Washington, DC.  

A candidate for an internship should be an excellent time manager and have good writing skills. 

Below are two projects we are working on in Spring-Summer 2014:

  • Strategic planning for national organization
  • Support of a nascent Radiation and Health program

This is an unpaid position which will include substantial education and training components. The length of the internship is flexible based on the needs and desires of the applicant. Our ideal candidate will be available for 3-6 months.

Please send your resume and cover letter to PSR’s Director of Operations, Adam Pawlus at

 Climate Intern, Spring-Summer 2014

Location: Washington, DC

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) seeks a Climate Intern for Spring Semester 2014.  This is a unique opportunity to get professional-level experience tackling one of the gravest threats to human health and survival. 

Utilizing the authoritative voices of our doctors, nurses, and public health professional members, PSR     is changing U.S. energy policy through education and advocacy.  This spring and summer, we’ll build support for a new EPA rule to slash carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.  This rule promises to deliver a major reduction in US greenhouse gases, and consequently will trigger one of the biggest climate change policy debates in years.

PSR works to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival -- climate change, nuclear weapons and toxic chemicals. PSR asserts its strong medical voice through education and advocacy, conducted by our national office and our grassroots network of chapters and members. PSR was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985. 

Internship Description

Educate about climate change and build support for effective policies that will slash life-threatening greenhouse gas emissions.  Help mobilize health professionals to press for health-protective climate policy.  Working closely with the Director of Environment and Health, the intern may help:

  • Prepare educational and advocacy materials, and coordinate training webinars, to prepare health professionals to become effective climate advocates.
  • Assist PSR chapters and members in responding to the proposed EPA rule and to political attacks on EPA’s authority to protect us from climate change. 
  • Network with PSR chapters around the country. 
  • Monitor news and reports on climate change, fossil fuels and clean energy. 
  • Promote engagement via website and social media and through outreach to news media.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Coursework or demonstrable experience in environment, climate change, and/or public health.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex material.
  • Great work ethic, results-oriented, team player.

Terms: We request a commitment of 12 or more hours/week. We work with students to provide support for academic credit. Our small, friendly office is located in NW Washington and is metro-accessible.

To apply:  Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to with "Climate Intern" in the subject line.

Scoville Fellows

Location: Washington, DC

The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship pays a stipend for college graduates to work with NGOs in Washington, DC, including Physicians for Social Responsibility, on arms control, peace, and security issues for six to nine months. PSR provides strong mentoring and professional development opportunities for Scoville Fellows from any discipline. Scoville Fellows at PSR can expect to be meaningfully engaged in substantive work related to prudent and effective steps toward a world free of nuclear weapons, prevention of the use or spread of nuclear weapons, and promoting diplomacy and alternative conflict resolution techniques to avoid war. PSR’s current security programs include analytical work to develop new knowledge about the dangers nuclear weapons and security policies pose to human life and health, organizing work to mobilize doctors and allied health professionals for peace and security, and advocacy work to ensure that the interests of potential victims of nuclear weapons and war are represented in the policy process. For further information, please visit