REDD+ Intern

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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.


Environmental Defense Fund’s Global Climate Program seeks an intern in our Washington, D.C. office to assist with our REDD+ Policy team.  We are currently doing work on supporting Indigenous Peoples advocacy efforts in REDD+ and forest conservation policy processes.


Reports to

Chris Meyer – Senior Manager


Overall Function

Through research and analysis, the position will support the development of  products for advocacy efforts and execution of programmatic goals.


Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to: 

  • Researching Indigenous Peoples rights and forest conservation policy
  • Developing materials to educate policy makers on indigenous peoples and rights impacts related to REDD+
  • Research and analysis to support the development of the New York Declaration on Forest’s annual report.
  • Monitor blogs and postings on REDD+ while helping to write blogs and policy positions
  • Monitor the UNFCCC negotiations and other international forums where REDD+ policy is being developed such as the FIP, FCPF, UNREDD, and REDD+ Partnership
  • Support creation of new Ag-Climate Policy initiative with timely research.


  • Demonstrated interest in environmental science, international relations, public policy, or related fields. Depending on ability, higher levels of work will be given (grad student versus undergraduate or recent grad).
  • Fluency or advanced proficiency in Spanish, and/or Portuguese, preferred.
  • Experience living and/or working abroad, preferred.
  • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interface well with all programs/departments in the organization and to represent the Climate and Air team in a highly professional manner. 
  • 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.
  • Solid experience with computer spreadsheets



Washington, DC



10 weeks during the summer


Full-time (35 hours/week)



The compensation for this is $463.75/week for a total of $4637.50.


Budget Manager

Elizabeth Petykowski

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application.


Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, EDF is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate.

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.