Energy & Innovation 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.

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.

At EDF, we believe companies, communities and the environment can thrive in unison - and we’re making it happen by leveraging the power of the marketplace. For 25 years, we’ve combined cutting-edge science, economic expertise and unexpected partnerships to help high-impact companies - including Walmart, KKR and FedEx - transform business as usual in their products, operations, supply chains and advocacy. Our work with leading companies takes a realistic approach to setting science-based goals and determining where to focus our efforts to make the biggest beneficial impact for business and the planet.

With a more than 6 million estimated annual deaths globally, air pollution kills more people than Alzheimer’s, tuberculosis, traffic injuries and diabetes combined.  In the United States and around the world, communities are increasingly concerned about the health risks from invisible pollution.

Reports to

Aileen Nowlan, Energy & Innovation, EDF + Business

Overall Function

This summer EDF+Business will be leading the work to scale hyperlocal mapping of air pollution.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Research on the opportunity of hyperlocal air pollution mapping
  • Work with cities, sensor companies, and other innovators to implement a mobile sensing strategy for air pollution
  • Assist with drafts of grant proposals
  • Provide support for marketing and communications


  • Interest in applying new technology hardware solutions to environmental challenges
  • Interest in public health and climate change
  • Interest and experience in working with a diverse range of partners
  • Some university or graduate-level coursework in STEM (e.g., biology, physics, engineering)
  • Ability to rapidly acquired a working understanding of different fields and communicate insights to non-experts
  • Ability to switch between short and long-term assignments and handle unexpected assignments
  • 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.


Washington, DC


10 weeks during the summer

Budget Allocation/Program Code



Full-time (35 hours/week)

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.