California Climate Program Intern

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.

EDF’s California Climate Program is working to advance California’s climate leadership by 1) supporting the California Air Resources Board in the cap-and-trade rule-making process to ensure the state continues to have the best designed carbon market in the world; 2) supporting CARB in the full implementation of new air quality programs; 3) furthering California’s international linkages to drive even greater greenhouse gas emission reductions than the state can achieve alone; 4) strategically supporting additional state climate and air quality legislation. We engage in state-level advocacy and provide technical expertise to policy-makers and regulators.    


Overall Function

EDF’s California Climate intern will support the work of the California Climate program in implementing climate and air quality policy and advancing additional legislation. The intern will likely help with policy research and analysis, drafting communication materials, supporting legislative education, and attending meetings and workshops as needed. 



Key Responsibilities


Tasks will include but are not limited to:

-Research on carbon markets and California climate and air quality policy

-Tracking developments in policy implementation processes 

-Drafting communications and outreach materials such as fact sheets or blogs and web content  

-Provide support in education Legislators on key climate bills



-Demonstrated success as a current undergraduate in a rigorous academic program.

-Demonstrated interest in climate policy and advocacy.

-Undergraduate course work relevant areas such as economics, environmental science, public policy and/or environmental health.

-Ideally knowledge of California climate, air quality, and/or environmental justice policy.

-Strong written and oral communication skills.

-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.



Sacramento, CA



10 weeks during the summer



Full-time (35 hours/week)


Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a writing sample demonstrating their ability to accurately communicate a technical idea in an accessible way.

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.