Intern, Corporate Partnerships Program



EDF Background

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group, with programs from Boston to Beijing, has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches. You 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, a leading national nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. Our innovative Corporate Partnerships Program transforms industries and speeds up adoption of leading practices that improve environmental performance and the bottom line. EDF has a major focus on tackling the climate change crisis, the defining environmental challenge of our time.


Overall Function The Environmental Defense Fund’s Washington, DC office seeks a graduate-level intern to assist our Corporate Partnerships Program in various initiatives that support our work around natural gas. The focus of our advocacy is minimizing emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from the natural gas supply chain. Methane emissions represent lost product to the industry and a powerful threat to the climate. Our work revolves around finding “win-win” solutions that help the environment and improve industry operations, including advocating for appropriate policies to address methane.


The intern would provide analytical, project management, and communications support for a number of work streams, including a new project to increase industry reporting/transparency on methane, and federal/state policy advocacy engagement with industries. The intern may also play a supporting role around a new technology innovation project to harness the power of emerging sensor technologies to drive environmental and health gains. EDF’s natural gaswork requires strong cross-programmatic coordination, so the intern will get exposure to EDF’s wider natural gas team, including policy, science, technical and communications experts.

Reports to Sean Wright, Manager in EDF’s Corporate Partnerships Program.


Key Responsibilities

  • Help conduct research and analysis regarding corporate reporting and transparency initiatives, and support the release of a forthcoming paper on these issues.
  • Help develop and execute EDF strategy to increase level of industry reporting on methane/enviro issues
  • Conduct research on natural gas, oil and related support industries
  • Assist in engagement efforts with companies, including technology providers, investors, and oil and gas operators.
  • Draft communications/presentations for senior level staff and external company outreach
  • Support media/communications team through drafting of blogs, press releases, website content
  • Actively participate in calls/meetings, both internal and external


  • Must be enrolled in a graduate program. Ideal candidates will be seeking a master’s degree in environmental studies, economics, public policy, or business administration
  • Professional background and/or strong personal interest in finance, energy-related and/or environmental issues
  • Strong analytical and research skills required.
  • Strong writing skills required
  • Must be well-organized, self-motivated, detail-oriented and proficient in the use of standard office equipment and computer software (such as MS Office applications)
  • Ability to stay organized, meet deadlines and maintain a pro-active attitude

Location EDF’s Washington Office just north of DuPont Circle. Term The proposed internship would be for the fall semester. However, preference will be given to candidates who could start in early-August if possible.

Hours While hours per week and scheduling are flexible depending on student availability, credit requirements, and project needs, preference will be given to those candidates who can commit to a substantive amount of hours per week.

Compensation This is a paid internship. Alternatively, students may 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 Please submit your cover letter and resume. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Deadline for application is Friday, September 11. Please indicate in your cover letter how many hours per week you can reasonably accommodate for this internship.


Environmental Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer


September 3, 2015
Intern (Hourly)
Washington, DC, United States