China 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.


  • Translate contents from English to Chinese (or vice versa) for different projects, including but not limited to subjects related to Emissions Trading Systems (ETSs), Green Supply Chain, Energy Policies, and Chinese environmental and economic policies and initiatives.
  • Create periodic news update on China’s national carbon market policies, as well as other energy and environment-related development.
  • Help executive ad-hoc research projects related to China’s environmental development and international climate policies.
  • Help gather data and information from both English and Chinese publications as required.
  • Provide administrative support to team members as required such as note-taking, event preparation, etc.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Fluent (speaking, reading and writing) in both Mandarin and English
  • Well-organized, motivated, and detailed oriented;
  • Demonstrated ability to translate professional contents between English and Chinese;
  • general knowledge about China’s environmental issues, climate change policies, and proposed instruments for environmental management (e.g. ETS, green supply chain, etc.)
  • Strong work ethics and willingness to learn by doing;
  • Communication;
  • Results-Oriented;
  • Respectful and Inclusive;
  • Teamwork and Collaboration.

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

This position is a full-time position with the possibility of part-time option based on mutual agreement.


  • 5% or less of travel is expected for this position.


  • Exceptional personal organization and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experience.
  • Proficiency in the use of PCs and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • An undergraduate degree is required.


  • Interest in environmental advocacy;
  • Strong interest in learning about US-China environmental development;
  • Professionally trained in English and Mandarin Chinese interpretation or translation is a strong plus;
  • Completed coursework in environmental studies, economics, social sciences, or international policies preferred;
  • A master’s degree or currently pursuing a master’s degree.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

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.