Environmental Defense Fund

  • EDF+Business Summer Intern

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(5/14/2018 10:03 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.


    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 VoicesTwitter 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 paid 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.

    The Environmental Defense Fund's Washington, DC office seeks a graduate-level intern to assist our EDF+Business Program in various initiatives that support our work around natural gas. The focus of our advocacy is minimizing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from the natural gas supply chain. Methane emissions represent lost product to the industry and a powerful threat to the climate. Our work revolves around finding "win-win" solutions that help the environment and improve industry operations, including advocating for appropriate policies to address methane.

    Reports to

    Senior Analyst, EDF+Business

    Overall Function

    The intern will help develop and implement the strategy for EDF+Business to continue influencing corporate and investor behaviors around oil and gas methane, with an emphasis on partners in North America and Europe. The intern will assist the team in continuing and expanding our work with financial stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to reduce methane emissions, including incentivizing better disclosure, more investor engagement and beyond. The intern will assist with supporting the active work of our investor network, such as helping with the writing and publication of our quarterly newsletter. The intern will also play a key role in helping the team identify a pilot project for private finance to incentivize methane reductions. The intern will be expected to not just perform high-quality research, but present findings both in written and oral formats. EDF's natural gas work requires strong cross-programmatic coordination, so the intern will get exposure to EDF's wider natural gas team, including policy, science, technical and communications experts. 

    Key Responsibilities

    Tasks will include but are not limited to:

    • Provide research, tactics and organization for EDF's large network of investors engaging on methane emissions in the oil and gas industry
    • Assist in research and writing of quarterly newsletter for 150+ investor contacts covering business, policy and science developments in the oil and gas methane space
    • Conduct landscape analysis for methane reducing project finance, looking at investment firms, technology companies and oil and gas operators
    • Conduct research and support strategy development for new corporate partnership opportunities in the United States
    • Support other EDF+Business natural gas and innovation work streams as needed
    • Summarize research findings, their implications, and strategy suggestions for team
    • Actively participate in calls/meetings, both internal and external


    • Must be enrolled in a graduate program. Ideal candidates will be seeking a master's degree in business administration, environmental studies, economics, or public policy
    • Professional background and/or strong personal interest in the environment, finance and/or energy-related issues
    • Strong writing and research skills required
    • Must be well-organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented and proficient in the use of standard office equipment and computer software (such as MS Office applications)
    • Ability to stay organized, meet deadlines and maintain a pro-active attitude


    Washington, District of Columbia


    10 weeks during the Summer Term


    Hours are flexible, but priority will be given to candidates who can dedicate a significant amount of time to the internship opportunity. Please indicate in your cover letter approximately how many hours/week you may be available for the internship.

    Application Materials

    Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application.

    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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