Environmental Defense Fund

  • Economic Policy Intern

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/10/2018 11:38 AM)
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  • Overview

    With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.


    Overall Function

    EDF's Office of the Chief Economist is seeking qualified and motivated students of economics for its summer internships. The Economic Policy Interns will assist economists in EDF's Office of the Chief Economist in developing and analyzing market-based solutions to a wide range of environmental problems (including climate change, energy, and ecosystem and water markets) through research, data analysis, and assistance with writing internal reports and public communications.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Help create and maintain information databases based on a wide variety of economic models and sources
    • Provide timely in-house economic analyses for the following EDF programs (U.S. Climate and Energy; International Climate; Ecosystems; Oceans)
    • Monitor and assist in responding to economic queries from press/media, government, and internal sources
    • Assist in writing reports and press releases on economic issues
    • Provide support for the above tasks through internet and library research


    • Undergraduate or graduate student with economics background (at least two college-level economics classes required; economics major or related discipline preferred)
      • Interest in public policy and advocacy, particularly energy, climate change policy and use of market-based solutions to environmental problems
      • GIS (ArcMap, QGIS, etc)
      • Programming experience (R/STATA/Python/JavaScript)
      • 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

      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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