Environmental Defense Fund

  • Data Analysis Internship Spring 2019

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington | US-TX-Austin | US-MA-Boston | US-CO-Boulder | US-NY-New York | US-CA-Sacramento | US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 4 days ago(1/16/2019 6:00 PM)
    Job ID
  • 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.


    Position Description

    The Environmental Defense Fund's Washington, DC office seeks an intern to assist our EDF+Business Energy Program in data analysis and visualization that supports our work around natural gas. This analysis focuses on mapping network relationships between oil and gas companies in order to help identify opportunities to expand our advocacy work minimizing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from the natural gas supply chain, particularly through joint ventures. 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
    Analyst, EDF+Business Energy Program

    Overall Function
    EDF+Business has assembled an expansive dataset that includes information on oil and gas assets and companies globally. Using this dataset, the intern will develop a methodology to analyze the relationships between select oil and gas companies, and then use statistical software to visualize this analysis in graphic form. 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

    • Work with a large, complex dataset that includes information on oil and gas asset production, location, owners, operators, etc.
    • Devise a method to analyze the dataset in order to understand relationships between key companies and assets
    • Design and develop data visualization templates to present analytics results
    • Other data analysis projects as needed



    • Ideal candidates will be seeking a bachelor's or master's degree in statistics, data science, data visualization, or a related field
    • Strong proficiency in Excel and other data analytics programs (R, Stata, SPSS, Python, etc.) required
    • Experience working with large datasets, conducting complex analyses, and visualizing results
    • Must be well-organized, self-motivated, and detail-oriented
    • Ability to stay organized, meet deadlines and maintain a pro-active attitude
    • Professional background and/or strong personal interest in environmental, finance and/or energy-related issues preferred but not required


    EDF's Washington, D.C. Office will be the primariy location but an intern able to work at any of our other offices nationwide may be considered, as well.

    The proposed internship would last 6 to 8 weeks. Start and end dates are flexible depending on the student's availability. The internship will begin mid to late February.

    10-15 hours per week are preferred but the commitment is flexible based on a candidate's schedule.

    This is a paid internship. Alternatively, students may seek academic credit through their college or university. EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed.


    Application Materials
    Please submit your cover letter and resume to begin the application process. During the interview process we will require completion of a Data visulization sample. The sample should show your ability to analyze and visualize complex data in a statistical software, but does not need to be any specific type of graph. No writing is necessary unless it is required in order to understand the sample. Data visualization samples can be submitted in PDF format or on a web-based platform.

    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.


    Sorry the Share function is not working properly at this moment. Please refresh the page and try again later.
    Share on your newsfeed