Building Electrification Clean Energy Intern

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Building Electrification Clean Energy Intern

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 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 Opportunity

Since there is no electric-sector carbon price that would create an incentive for electrification, and since high carbon prices in that sector alone would even create disincentives, New York and California need to develop a coherent strategy for achieving the necessary decarbonization at a large scale, rapidly. The Clean Energy team seeks to contribute to this strategy development by providing analytic support, developing policy recommendations based on sound science and economics, and supporting the adoption of effective policy mechanisms where possible.  Such a strategy could ultimately be adopted by other states and regions with similar goals and challenges.

The EDF Clean Energy team seeks a summer intern to support our “Beneficial Electrification” project, which will perform ground-breaking analysis to develop strategies to hasten electrification of energy end uses that involve the combustion of fossil fuels in New York and California in order to achieve deep decarburization of New York and California’s economy. The Summer Intern will focus primarily on building electrification. Intern will be based out of San Francisco, CA. This Internship is a partnership recruitment effort with Middlebury College, Vermont.

Key Responsibilities

The Summer Intern will report to the Clean Energy Director and will work closely with all members of the Clean Energy team.  Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate opportunities for beneficial electrification in buildings, with an emphasis on the following:
  • Quantifying building energy use and associated emissions by fuel type in specific regions.
    Emissions impact of full conversion from fossil fuels to electricity based on emissions of current electricity grid mix
  • Additional renewable energy electric generation capacity necessary to power 100% of building energy use converted from fossil fuels.
  • Quantify building efficiency improvements required to achieve GHG reductions of 30%, 50% and 80% respectively.
  • Estimate costs associated with various approaches.
  • Identify practical opportunities for converting traditional fossil fuel use in buildings to electricity.
  • Rate design opportunities for enhancing beneficial electrification in buildings.

Draft and finalize a report relative to the findings of this project and provide a briefing to the leadership team of the Clean Energy program regarding the report and various findings and recommendations.


  • Enrollment in an undergraduate program at Middlebury College with an emphasis in environmental law or science, policy, political science or related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in and ability to conduct independent research with limited direction.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superior skills in MS Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint.
  • An understanding of and commitment to Environmental Defense Fund’s mission of protecting the natural environment and limiting humankind’s impact on the planet.
  • Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills


San Francisco, SF


10 weeks during the summer


Full-time (35 hours/week)


This is a paid internship, sponsored by Middlebury College and the EDF Clean Energy team.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should include a cover letter, resume and a short writing sample. Writing sample should be no longer than 3 pages. 

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.