Local recruitment: Global Flood Resilience Intern

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

New York, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Raleigh, NC, USA 🇺🇸

St. Petersburg, FL, USA 🇺🇸



Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.

We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 1,000 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.

Our culturevalues and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?


Program/Department Overview

EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds Initiative works with diverse partners to achieve a vision where communities and ecosystems along coasts and rivers thrive with water, and are safe, equitable and prosperous places to live, work and play. The Initiative is part of EDF’s People and Nature Impact Area, which focuses on delivering food, water and climate benefits for a healthy planet. 

EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds team is working to build more resilient coastal communities by promoting the use of holistic, equitable, and community-based adaptation strategies to reduce the risk of sea level rise, flooding and damages from coastal storms. Aligned with this work, the Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds team is currently working on themes directly linked to flooding and its impact on communities at local, national and international levels. These topics range from benefit cost analysis for flood infrastructure development and government policy, coastal planning, flood insurance programs, national and international legislation on flooding and coastal resilience as well as the inclusion of a wide array of communities in the dialogue to increase resilience from flooding. The Global Flood Resilience intern will provide support with research, analysis, policy development, and the monitoring of the global dialogue and trends on flooding. This is an exciting opportunity for engagement in coastal resilience efforts and to support a team engaged at local, national and international levels and support research efforts linked to coastal resilience.  

Overall Function

The Global Flood Resilience Intern will provide support with research, analysis, review of policy, and monitor the global dialogue and trends around flooding and resilience policy. The intern will provide communications and media support through social media media platforms. The intern will conduct research on the following subjects, including but not limited to global flood and resilience policies, scientific studies, studies on risks and vulnerabilities and package this research to communicate findings to program leadership, EDF staff, and expert audiences.  

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Research information from a wide array of sources to track the global dialogue around flooding, including vulnerabilities, science predictions, and policies.  
  • Investigate opportunities for engagement in international initiatives to address flooding.  
  • Develop familiarity and expertise on watershed and coastal resilience, policy and topics related to flooding at the international level, learning from a diverse network of actors, stakeholders and sources of information.  
  • Communicate findings to program leadership and team members.  
  • Gain experience conducting and packaging research from a diverse set of sources to support decision-maker and expert audiences.  
  • Support leadership’s media platforms through creating posts and communications regarding project milestones.
  • Participate in advancing EDF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.


  • Must be enrolled in/be a recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • Demonstrated experience researching and synthesizing information from a diverse set of information sources and effectively communicating findings. 
  • Experience or knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Climate Change Impacts, Coastal and/or Flooding Policy, Flood Insurance Programs, International Affairs, Social Science, Hydrology, Environmental Science, Planning, Design, and/or Engineering.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented. 
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due. 
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds. 
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills. 


U.S. Remote or hybrid in New York, Raleigh, D.C., or St. Petersburg, FL. Eastern time zone preferred.


Summer 2023 (June-August), with the option to extend into the fall term.


Full-Time (35 hours per week)


This internship would involve compensation for work paid at a rate competitive with leading non-profits at $17-20/hr.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a writing sample. 

Pay Ranges

We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.

The pay range for this role is shown below.

Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.

Minimum Salary

USD $17.00/Hr.

Maximum Salary

USD $20.00/Hr.

EEO Information

Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant’s qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.




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