The Harvard Climate Internship Program (HCIP) welcomed 41 graduate students as its 2023 cohort of summer intern fellows. The HCIP is a university-wide program supporting graduate students who work in a climate policy-oriented summer internship.
Sponsored by the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability and the Harvard Kennedy School, the students represent the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School. In addition to several Boston area posts, their internships were located across five continents—domestically in New York, NY; Washington, DC; Kaunakakai, HI; and Vancouver, WA; and abroad in China, Colombia, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Their host organizations included local, state, and national government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, private sector firms, and non-governmental organizations.
The program aims to complement the classroom climate learning experience, build the climate community, showcase future climate leaders, and promote broad representation in the program. Students are responsible for securing their own climate-related internships. Recipients may receive a financial award as well as mentoring and an opportunity to participate in virtual programming with practitioners and Harvard faculty.
The 2023 student fellows are:
Momi Afelin (HSPH MPH) conducted a study on subsistence practices (fishing, hunting, etc.) with Sustʻāinable Molokaʻi in Hawaii to determine the impact of various social and ecological changes such as climate change on subsistence. She partnered with various community organizations involved in climate resilience planning to carry out this research. (Kaunakakai, HI, USA)
Pragun Aggarwal (HKS MPP) worked with Initiative for Climate Action—an environmental non-profit based in India—focusing on understanding traditional knowledge systems and leveraging nature-based solutions of indigenous communities to inform climate adaptation and mitigation at local and state level. (Bristol, UK; Bangalore/Delhi, India)
Natalie Baker (HKS MPA2) worked with the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international organization mobilizing global capital for climate action. Natalie researched government financial institutions and their role in enabling sustainable finance. (Boston, MA, USA)
Tara Bassi (GSD MA1) worked with the city of Vancouver, Washington, on Equity in Climate Action, specifically on a project to establish a frontline communities advisory panel on climate resilience and mitigation. (Vancouver, WA, USA)
Joe Beck (HLS JD) worked with EarthRights International, where he supported attorneys serving frontline communities facing climate catastrophe and holding corporations accountable for the harms they impose. (Washington, DC, USA)
Amina Benzakour Knidel (HKS MPP) worked as a Climate and Energy Communications intern at the Gaspard Gantzer Agency in Paris, helping clients develop and implement their communications strategies to raise awareness of public opinion on climate-related initiatives. (Paris, France)
Sebastian Berns (HKS MPA/ID) worked at the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action on climate policy projects. Sebastian supported the implementation of large-scale funding programs to incentivize industrial decarbonization with a special focus on Carbon Contracts for Difference schemes. (Berlin, Germany)
Anya Bharadwaj (HKS MPP) worked with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on the Climate, Environment, Energy and Disaster-Risk Reduction strategy (CEED) that aims to ensure the rights of children in a changing climate. She researched and designed programs across 190+ UNICEF offices for the delivery of greener and safer social services. (London, UK)
Tori Borlase (HLS JD) worked at the New York Attorney General’s Office in the Environmental Protection Bureau using litigation to advance and enforce climate regulations. (New York, NY, USA)
Richa Chaturvedi (HKS MPP) worked at the US Department of Energy in the Loan Programs Office, where she supported portfolio strategy to accelerate the deployment of critical clean energy technologies and conducted research on renewable energy market making. (Washington, DC, USA)
Nabig Chaudhry (HBS MBA) interned at Climate X, a climate tech startup that provides data analytics on climate risk and climate change impacts. Nabig focused on developing climate adaptation capabilities and features for the company’s existing platform, Spectra. (London, UK)
Vincent Chen (HKS MPA/ID) worked with the Bezos Earth Fund to develop its Decarbonization Pathways strategy. He focused on assessing the impact of shifts in international trade and industrial policy on global climate action and identifying opportunities for philanthropy to spur innovation and progress. (Washington, DC, USA)
Vidit Doshi (HKS MPP) worked with Forested, a climate start-up across London and Ethiopia that is building a marketplace for ingredient insets—value chains that are climate-neutral, nature-positive, and socially-just. (London, UK; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Alejandra Guardia Muguruza (HKS MPA/ID) interned at the Office of the Honorable Commissioner for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in Lagos State Government, where she led the implementation strategy for the Lagos Electricity Market. This strategic initiative aims to improve reliability and efficiency in the state’s electricity sector, while reducing associated carbon emissions, directly benefiting the 69% of unconnected or off-grid households in Lagos and the 92% of households experiencing less than 16 hours of daily electricity supply. (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Andrea Guardia Muguruza (HKS MPA/ID) joined the World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice, where her role involved supporting the WB team in evaluating countries and offering recommendations for the development of eco-industrial parks. (Washington, DC, USA)
Louis Guerin (HKS MPP) worked with 300ppm, a company accelerating the path to net-zero by developing, financing, and scaling proven technologies and infrastructure with a measurable decarbonization impact. (Paris, France)
Oliver Harfield (HKS MPP) worked with the Office of the CEO of the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), supporting projects to enable the organization to better achieve its ambitious development and climate agenda. (Washington, DC, USA)
Gabriel Harrison (HKS MPP) worked for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Adaptation Division to assist least developed countries implement their National Adaptation Plans and enhance their resilience to climate and disaster risks. (Bonn, Germany)
Miriam Israel (HDS MTS) worked with the UN Environment Programme’s Law Division on the Faith for Earth Initiative which collaborates with religious communities to mobilize climate action. She supported the Initiative’s research priorities as well as strategic programming for faith-based engagement during the UNFCCC COP28 in Dubai. (Nairobi, Kenya)
Manisha Jha (HKS MPA/ID) worked with the Investment team of Blueleaf Energy India, a Macquarie GIG portfolio company, towards project development of a hybrid renewable project, assessing policy incentives, navigating regulatory frameworks, and understanding financial and business drivers that affect commercialization of renewable power projects in India. (Bangalore, India)
Bora Ju (GSD DDes) worked as consultant at the World Bank, conducting research on decarbonization of Industrial Parks (IP), among others, and issues related to mitigation and adaptions in the East-Asia Pacific region, including Vietnam and China. (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Yilin Li (HKS MPP) worked with DeepVerse AI’s product division where he analyzed the Chinese government’s green transition policy, identified material science innovation bottlenecks, and applied generative AI to expedite the R&D process. (Shanghai, China)
Mijiddorj Lkhagvasuren (HKS MPA/ID) worked with the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice (FCI) at the World Bank to analyze industrial parks’ datasets featured in the “Eco-industrial Parks Technology Portal.” He supported the FCI’s team to examine the decarbonization and resource savings potential of industrial parks. (Washington, DC, USA)
Monserrat Magaña Ocaña (HKS MPP) worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Platform on Financing SMEs for Sustainability program. He researched and drafted policy notes on the key topics of the Platform: bridging small to medium sized enterprises’ sustainability-related data and reporting gaps; boosting SMEs’ demand for sustainable finance; and strengthening access to transition finance for SMEs in hard-to-abate sectors. (Paris, France; Reykjavik, Iceland)
Alejandro Martín Rodríguez (HKS MPP) worked with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General at the United Nations Headquarters. He supported the Rule of Law Unit in their transitional and climate justice efforts. (New York, NY, USA)
Adriana Melchor (HKS MPP) interned for the Climate Policy Initiative’s Climate Finance program. Her work focused on producing research and policy analysis to evaluate national and international climate finance mechanisms and the overall effectiveness of climate finance, particularly in emerging and developing economies. (Washington, DC, USA)
Femi Olamijulo (HKS MPP) worked as an Economics Affairs Intern at the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa. In this role, he supported regional climate adaptation and resilience across the continent, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in African Countries and Agenda 2063 of the African Union. (New York, NY, USA)
Grant Pace (HLS JD) helped AIR COMPANY, a Brooklyn-based carbon conversion/sustainable aviation fuel startup, facilitate a paid research program for high school students from environmental justice communities to study the intersection of carbon capture and conversion technologies and EJ impacts. (New York, NY, USA)
Kaamila Patherya (HKS MPP) worked at the World Bank’s Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit (eMBeD) to apply behavioral insights in developing interventions aimed at clean cooking adoption in Africa. (Washington, DC, USA)
Antonio Perry (HKS MPP) worked with the National Energy Authority of Iceland on a variety of projects related to the development and implementation of renewable energy solutions. (Bogota, Colombia; Reykjavik, Iceland)
Emily Ratté (HKS MPP) was an Innovation and Disaster Management Intern at the International Telecommunication Union, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies. Emily supported work on the use of emerging technology in early warning systems and assisted with research on ICTs for natural disaster management. (Geneva, Switzerland)
Rushabh Sanghvi (HKS MPA/ID) worked with Cybage Asha on international business development for an electrolyzer startup on a mission to make green industrial hydrogen affordable. He later explored the feasibility of carbon markets for sustainable agricultural practices in India. (New York, NY, USA; India)
Jess Shakesprere (GSD MUP) worked with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) to conduct research and evidence-based policy on a just transition to green hydrogen and improvements to farmers livelihoods, soil health, and climate change. (Tokyo, Japan; UK)
Alisha Shaparia (HKS MPP) interned at CrossBoundary in Nairobi, focusing on unlocking private sector investment into nature-based carbon projects in fragile and underserved markets. She also helped set up Africa’s first project finance platform, the Fund for Nature, which makes natural capital investments across the continent by leveraging the voluntary carbon markets. (Nairobi, Kenya; London, UK)
Jyoti Sharma (HKS MPA2) interned with the United Nations Environment Program’s Climate Finance unit. She conducted research for scaling up current finance for nature both globally and at the country level. Her work fed into the State of Finance for Nature 2023 report of the UNEP. (Geneva, Switzerland)
Gigi Sung (GSD MUP) worked at Climate Alpha, which develops climate-related indices in the real estate market and models to help stakeholders make an informed decision on investments across various asset classes. She supported index and model development by assessing data sets, identifying risk indicators, and training machine learning models. (New York, NY, USA)
Hazel Tan (HBS MBA) interned with Clean Energy Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage climate tech startups. She worked with the firm’s investment team to diligence new investments and research the trajectory of the climate ecosystem. She also supported their portfolio of hardtech startups that are dedicated to reshaping the future of energy production and consumption to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. The firm’s portfolio companies focus across climate sectors, ranging from revolutionizing the extraction of critical battery minerals to pioneering grid management technologies in emerging markets. (Boston, MA, USA)
Emily Tench (HKS MPP) worked with Dalberg Catalyst to develop the business case for private sector investment in climate adaptation in both developed and emerging markets. She conducted the research to inform discussions at COP28 on adaptation. (London, UK; Bogota, Colombia)
Leandro Urbano (HKS MPA/ID) helped the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry of Maritime and Investment Affairs, which oversees the country’s energy transition policy, to define industrial policies for the post-coal Indonesian economy and the development of key transition sectors (e.g., alternative fuels). (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Kusha Verma (HKS MPA/ID) worked at the World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, and supported empirical analyses that measure the impact on the private sector as production becomes less carbon intensive. The goal was to help evaluate policies and incentives that foster green competitiveness-enhancing investments of the private sector. (Washington, DC, USA)
Cynthia Yue (HKS MPP) served as the U.S. Youth Delegate for Climate at the G20 Youth Summit, where she negotiated climate policies and developed a communique to advise G20 leaders on the youth perspective on climate action. She also conducted qualitative research and engaged with diverse communities to include the perspectives of historically marginalized populations in the negotiation process. (Varanasi, India)
The HCIP summer intern fellows were selected through a competitive process evaluated by a committee including Joe Aldy (HKS), Diane David (GSD), Carrie Jenks (HLS), Nora O’Neil (HKS), and Michael Toffel (HBS).
HCIP Student Fellow Alumni
Gray Bender (HKS MPP) worked with the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Sustainable Energy Division, where he supported efforts to address regulator and policy barriers to improve energy efficiency, renewables deployment, and energy security across the region ahead of a meeting of member state energy representatives in the fall.
Christopher (Kipper) Berven (HLS JD) worked at the New York Attorney General's Environmental Protection Bureau with attorneys and scientists to advance and enforce greenhouse gas emissions reductions, water pollution standards, and hazardous waste cleanup.
Chris D’Agostino (HKS MPP) worked with the International Division of the U.S. Department of Energy, assisting cross-governmental efforts to set the globe on a path to full decarbonization mid-century.
Windy Dewi (HKS MPP) held an internship with the World Bank working on the decarbonization of coal and oil dependent energy systems in various geographies including Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and the European Union. Windy focused on both the short-term energy security concerns and the long-term sustainable energy transition.
Peter Gips (HBS MBA) worked on a range of strategic and operational efforts for Electric Hydrogen. These projects included policy engagement through assessing available policy incentive opportunities, developing key relationships, and navigating regulatory permitting frameworks.
Adele Houghton (HCSPH PhD) piloted a novel approach to prioritizing building design and operations decisions so that they maximize neighborhood-scale co-benefits to climate change, health, and equity. With funding from the American Institute of Architects Upjohn Research Initiative, the long-term goal of the project is to propose a framework for local government to revise green building requirements so that they are responsive to environmental exposures and population health needs, which shift from one neighborhood to the next.
Raveena John (HGSD MUP) held the Resilience Fellowship at Climate Ready Boston giving her an opportunity to work with the city on stormwater management projects and related strategies to incorporate stormwater considerations into the city's robust climate strategies. The initiatives included a combination of municipal policy recommendations, development standards, and retroactive mitigation techniques, along with community engagement and education.
Renata Koch Alvarenga (HKS MPP) was a Climate and Sustainable Development intern at the Office of Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth at the United Nations Headquarters. Renata supported the UN’s Climate Change agenda through mobilizing and engaging young people for climate action.
Liza Maharjan (HKS MPA/ID) interned at Clarity AI which uses estimation models to address Scope 3 data quality by replacing or enhancing existing data points. Her summer internship project aimed to improve the accuracy and granularity of these models by looking for and integrating new data sets, which allow for better decision-making and contribute to a better and faster reallocation of carbon-intensive capital to the low-carbon economy.
Jake Mills (HKS MPP) was a Future of Work Summer Intern at the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency where he conducted research on labor market projections and support program development and implementation in climate-related sectors, with a focus on training and employment options for displaced oil and gas workers and responding to technological innovations and market forces in the agriculture sector.
Abdurrehman Naveed (HKS MPP) worked at eMBeD, the Behavioral Science unit at the World Bank, to leverage behavioral insights in the development of programmatic interventions for the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth and improved livelihoods in Morocco.
Erin O’Dwyer (GSAS/HCSPH PhD) worked alongside the EAT Lancet Commission, where she assisted in the revision of planetary health dietary guidance and development of global policy guidance around carbon sequestration, regenerative agriculture, and soil health.
Alex Prather (HKS MPA2) spent the summer researching, writing, and publishing about the intersection of carbon markets with nature-based and technology-based carbon removal solutions for the FootPrint Coalition. She also worked in the field on carbon credit projects in Kenya, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, New York, and San Francisco to explore system-level barriers and opportunities for scaling carbon removal efforts.
Jack Raeder (HKS MPP) interned with the United Nations Environment Program's Finance Initiative. He worked with UNEP FI's climate change team, pushing the global financial sector to move faster on critical climate issues.
Charlotte Ross (HKS MPP ’23) conducted research and financial analysis of new market and policy opportunities for renewable and energy storage assets across the U.S. while working at the clean energy startup SYSO Technologies. A main focus was on building recommendations for how clean energy assets should participate in wholesale energy markets and summarizing key policy findings for senior leadership.
Muriel van de Bilt (HKS MPA/ID) held a position with the Pegasys Urban Resilience team working with cities across Africa and the Middle East on how to best consider climate change when thinking about their long-term planning and growth.
Andrew Wei (HKS MPP) supported the White House Council on Environmental Quality, where he worked with the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer's team to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. government operations.
The HCIP summer intern fellows were selected through a competitive process evaluated by a committee including Joe Aldy (HKS), Caroline Buckee (HCSPH), Carrie Jenks (HLS), David Keith (HKS), Nora O’Neil (HKS), and Rob Stavins (HKS).
For more information about the program and application procedures, refer to the HCIP website.