Economic Policy 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 700 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 envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we’ve been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.

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.

Program Overview

Environmental Defense Fund's Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) works to advance policies that make market forces work for - rather than against - the environment. Our work is guided by two closely linked missions: program support and thought leadership. We work closely with all of EDF's programs to ensure our work is based on sound economics and policy design. Through research and analysis, we work to strengthen economics throughout EDF, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and interact with policymakers and other stakeholders to build support for economically sound environmental policies.

Overall Function

EDF's Office of the Chief Economist is seeking a qualified and motivated student for its Summer 2020 Internship. The Economic Policy Intern will assist economists in EDF's Office of the Chief Economist in developing and analyzing market-based solutions to a wide range of environmental problems through research, data analysis, and assistance with writing internal reports and public communications.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Provide timely in-house economic and spatial analyses for the following EDF programs: U.S. Climate, Ecosystems, Oceans and others
  • 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


  • Must be a currently enrolled Graduate student (Economics, Environmental Science, Public Policy or related discipline preferred)
  • Interest in public policy and advocacy, particularly climate change policy, economics, and the use of market-based solutions to environmental problems
  • Excellent data management and/or quantitative skills, including experience with Excel
  • Programming experience (R/STATA/Python/JavaScript) and spatial analysis (GIS) a plus
  • Willingness and initiative to learn additional data management skills as necessary
  • Exceptional organizational skills—must be detail-oriented and able to multi-task
  • 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
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and critical deadlines


New York, NY


8- to 12-week terms, to begin at the end of May 2020


Full-time, 35 hours per week or part-time, 15-20 hours per week


This internship would involve either compensation for work paid at a rate competitive with leading non-profits or academic credit. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit or funding through their college/university and EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application

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.