Economic Policy Intern

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You 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.

Overall Function
EDF’s Office of Economic Policy and Analysis (OEPA) is seeking qualified and motivated students of economics for its seasonal internships. Economic Policy Interns will assist economists in EDF’s Office of Economic Policy and Analysis 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;
  • 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.

New York City (preferred), Boston and/or Washington, DC

Full-time 35 hours per week during the Summer. Part-time opportunities available as needed during Fall/Winter and Spring

8- to 12-week terms during Fall/Winter, Spring or 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 one of the rewarding internships with the Environmental Defense Fund's Office of Economic Policy and Analysis, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter. In your letter please describe your interests in environmental economic policy, 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

January 30, 2015
Intern (Hourly)
New York, NY, United States