Fall Legislative Intern, Political Affairs

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.

Overall Function

EDF is seeking an intern to work with the EDF legislative and political affairs team. The role will involve legislative tracking, research, and development of materials to support the EDF policy goals, such as advancing efforts to reduce carbon pollution and climate change, securing robust funding for the EPA budget, and clean energy development and deployment. The Legislative intern will also take on other special projects as needed, including helping prepare for fly-ins and other meetings.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Perform research and policy analysis to support EDF's climate policy and legislative goals
  • Tracking congressional hearings, bills, and votes
  • Other tasks as needed


  • Applicants for internships should be enrolled in a relevant undergraduate or graduate program, such as political science, economics, or public policy.
  • Experience working in a congressional office, political campaign, or advocacy environment
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, collaborative work environment, and easily adjust to changing needs and schedules.


Washington, DC


8 to 10 weeks during the Fall


Full-time (35 hours/week) or part-time (20 hours/week) opportunities available


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

Application Materials

To be considered for an internship with the Environmental Defense Fund's Legislative team, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter. In your letter please describe your interest in advocacy campaigns and/or energy and climate policy, whether or not you are able to work for class credit and/or note any work-study or grant money you will be able to provide.

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.