Internship guidelines

Environmental Defense Fund internships offer you an experience to become part of our vital organization. As an EDF intern, you will gain valuable insight into EDF's advocacy mission in one of our many program areas: Climate & Air, Oceans, Health, Energy, and Land, Water and Wildlife.

EDF's approach is unique as we use corporate partnerships, economic incentives, sound science and a nonpartisan approach to policy to accomplish our goals.

As an EDF intern, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work directly in your field of study, gaining valuable experience, developing skills and knowledge that can take you to the next level in your education or career.
  • Network with EDF's executive team and leadership in several program areas.
  • Join the network of EDF alumni interns and create your own professional network.
  • Explore a broad spectrum of career opportunities available in environmental advocacy.


Internships at EDF are designed for both undergraduate students, recent graduates, and graduate students.


EDF offers both paid and volunteer internships. Since each EDF internship varies in responsibility and each program area has its own budget for intern expenses, the rate of pay may vary. For unpaid internships, 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 Apply

Available internships for the summer, fall and spring semesters, as well as special-project internships, are posted on EDF's jobs page. Applicants should review each internship opportunity carefully to make sure that they meet all criteria before applying.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find EDF's internship opportunities? Available internships are posted on EDF's jobs page.

I saw an EDF internship opportunity elsewhere, but it isn't listed on your site. Are you still accepting applications for that position? EDF's jobs page is always the best source for up-to-date information—if a position is no longer listed on our page, it is no longer available.

Will any of the current internships offered be listed again in the future? Many of EDF's internships are project-specific. For these internships, whether or not a position will be listed in the future depends upon the trajectory and scope of the project. Other internships are listed fairly regularly. The best way to find out is to check back with the EDF's jobs page on a regular basis.

Do I need to apply for a specific internship? In order to apply for an internship, you must complete our online application and apply for a specific opportunity. If interested, you can apply to more than one internship opportunity.

How do I apply? To apply, please follow the instructions outlined under the position on EDF’s jobs page.

How will I know that you received my application? Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an email acknowledging that your materials were received. 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.