Master’s in Public Policy Student Position - Heat Policy Innovation Hub

We are seeking a highly motivated and skilled Master’s student in Public Policy to assist in crafting a comprehensive briefing document for an upcoming high-profile event hosted by the Heat Policy Innovation Hub. The selected candidate will play a pivotal role in synthesizing discussions and recommendations from the event, contributing to a crucial report aimed at influencing policy decisions at multiple levels.

Location: Remote/On-site at the Heat Policy Innovation Hub, Nicholas Institute

Duration: 6 months (3 months preparation, 3 days event attendance, 3 months post-event report finalization)

About the Heat Policy Innovation Hub: The Heat Policy Innovation Hub is a pioneering initiative committed to addressing the urgent challenges posed by rising global temperatures. By facilitating collaboration among leaders from various sectors, the Hub aims to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to mitigate the adverse effects of extreme heat on our environment, health, and communities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct thorough pre-event research on the core themes: Data for Risk, Exposure, and Impact; Blended Finance and the Future Role of Insurance; and Rural Heat Vulnerability.
  • Collaborate with the event organizing team to understand the objectives and format of the roundtable discussions.
  • Attend the three-day event and take detailed notes on key points, consensus areas, and divergent views.
  • Compile and synthesize information gathered during the pre-event research period into a comprehensive briefing document to be distributed to attendees prior to the event.
  • Work closely with senior researchers and policy analysts at the Nicholas Institute to refine the briefing document and notes from the event into a final report containing concrete recommendations.

Required Qualifications

  • Currently pursuing or recently graduated from a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Environmental Science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge in climate policy, particularly issues related to extreme heat.
  • Excellent research, analytical, and synthesis skills.
  • Proven ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely, both in writing and verbally.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in policy research or report writing.
  • Experience or strong interest in collaborative, multi-stakeholder initiatives.
  • Familiarity with the policy-making process at federal, state, or local levels.


  • 1st year students $17/hr.
  • 2nd year students $18/hr.

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a brief cover letter outlining their interest and qualifications for this position. 

Please send your application to Ashley Ward, Director of the Heat Policy Innovation Hub at

The Heat Policy Innovation Hub is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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