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 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.

Overall Function

EDF is seeking a legislative intern to work with the EDF legislative and political affairs team. The role will involve research and development of materials to support help advance climate and other environmental priorities on the Hill.

Reports to: Senior Manager, Legislative Affairs

Key Responsibilities 

  • Perform research and policy analysis to support EDF’s climate policy and legislative goals
  • Prepare materials to help educate Capitol Hill offices and other stakeholders about EPA clean air rules, proposals, and other relevant environmental policies
  • Tracking congressional hearings and bills
  • 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 within an 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.


Washington, DC


8- to 12-week terms during summer. Position is also open for spring or Fall/Winter internships as well.


Full-time, 35 hours per week or part-time opportunities available as needed.


This internship would involve either compensation at a competitive hourly rate 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 Affairs team, please apply by submitting your resume and a cover letter. In your letter please describe your interest in advocacy campaigns and/or energy and climate policy, or any relevant experience you have. Please also indicate whether or not you are able to work for class credit and/or note any work-study or grant money you may 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.