U.S. Climate Policy & Analysis Intern

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

Washington, DC, US


Environmental Defense Fund (edf.org), a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on EDF Voices, Twitter and Facebook.

Are you interested in exploring a career at an internationally-recognized environmental organization? By joining EDF as an Intern, you too can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life. EDF’s Internship Program welcomes intellectually hungry leaders to join us, advance our work, and cultivate the skills and relationships needed for a successful career working for the environment. Alumni of our Internship Program have gone on to important leadership positions, most notably our own President, Fred Krupp. Could you be the next Fred Krupp?

EDF offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of programs and departments throughout the organization. The ultimate goal of our internship and fellowship program is to provide high-quality experiences (including relevant projects and opportunities for networking) that form the foundation for any individual who is serious about pursuing an environmental career.

Overall Function

EDF’s Global Climate Program is seeking a qualified and motivated student of environmental policy and/or economics for a summer internship focusing on U.S. climate policy. The Intern will work with the Director of U.S. Climate Policy & Analysis as well as other experts as needed in the Global Climate, Political Affairs, Legal and Regulatory, and Economics programs in developing and analyzing market-based solutions to address climate change in the U.S. Workflows will include research, data analysis, and assistance with writing internal reports and public communications.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain information databases based on a wide variety of economic models and sources
  • Provide timely in-house policy and economic research and analyses
  • Review and evaluate literature and analysis on carbon pricing and program design
  • Review and conduct analysis relating to the environmental and economic impacts of climate policy
  • Monitor and assist in responding to queries relating to U.S. climate policy and/or economics from press/media, government, and internal sources
  • Assist in writing reports and press releases on policy and/or economic issues
  • Provide support for the above tasks through internet and library research


  • Graduate student preferred; strong policy and/or economics background essential
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental policy and advocacy, particularly climate change and energy, and use of market-based solutions to environmental problems
  • Highly proficient in MS Word and Excel
  • Exceptional organizational skills – must be detail-oriented and able to multi-task
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and critical deadlines
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team setting as well as independently


Washington, D.C.


8- to 12-week terms during the Summer


Full-time 35 hours per week or part-time opportunities available as needed during the Summer.


This internship would involve either compensation for hourly work paid at a rate competitive with leading non-profits or academic credit. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit through their college/university and EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed.


To be considered for this Internship, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter. In your letter, please describe your interests in environmental policy and/or economics, relevant completed course work, whether or not you are able to work for class credit and/or note any work-study or grant money you will be able to provide.

Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer