Grassroots Advocacy Intern, Membership

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.


Membership Overview

EDF’s Membership team engages and mobilizes over two million members and activists to advocate for bipartisan climate action across the country. From driving letters and phone calls into lawmakers’ offices, to hosting in-person advocacy trainings and events, the team works to give grassroots activists the means to confidently advocate for clean air, safe water, and climate justice at all levels of government.


Overall Function

The Grassroots Advocacy Intern will gain firsthand experience with leveraging digital content and communications to drive grassroots action in support of policy goals. This will be done by

activating EDF’s members and activists on a national level and within political important states.


This work will focus on engaging and supporting our local advocacy leaders, creating content for local organizing and national mobilization efforts, coordinating webinars and in-person advocacy trainings, and supporting the grassroots advocacy needs of different campaigns and programs within EDF.


By the end of the internship, the Grassroots Advocacy Intern will have experience with developing and implementing online and offline grassroots activism tactics and strategies, as well as develop a portfolio of written advocacy materials.


Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Organize EDF Ambassador groups and allies to advocate for EDF state and federal issues.
  • Monitor and create engaging content for online community of EDF activists; Suggest new or improved features for website and assist in making updates.
  • Manage and maintain records of EDF activists, including updating contact information and tracking communications and activities.
  • Develop materials for online and offline activism: profiles of lawmakers, fact sheets for key issues and campaigns, and guidelines for advocacy best practices.
  • Assist in the planning, facilitation, and follow-up of advocacy webinars, trainings, and in-person events.
  • Assist in developing cultivation plan for highly engaged activists in areas where EDF may not have a sustained presence or office.
  • Support the grassroots advocacy needs of different campaigns and programs within EDF.



  • Demonstrated interest in grassroots organizing, digital communications, and political engagement.
  • Ability to write content for a popular audience, especially breaking down complicated issues in a way that is relatable to the average person.
  • Experience with volunteer coordination and event planning is a plus.
  • Familiarity with the political process is a plus.
  • Experience with Basic HTML and CSS is a plus.
  • 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.
  • A student enrolled in an accredited institution pursuing an Undergraduate or Graduate degree.



Washington, DC



10 weeks during the summer



Full-time (35 hours/week)



This is a paid Internship.


Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a brief writing sample.



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.