Supply Chain Climate and Clean Energy Intern

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.

Supply Chain Climate and Clean Energy Intern

Program: Supply Chain

Bentonville, Arkansas; Washington, D.C.


Environmental Defense Fund (, a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on EDF Voices, Twitter and Facebook.


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.


EDF+Business pioneered the NGO/corporate partnership model, and over the past twenty-five years has worked with leading companies to reduce the environmental impacts of products and services and incorporate environmental considerations into business decisions. Our projects are designed to achieve significant environmental results, generate business benefits for our corporate partners, and create new industry-wide best practices. For more information on our work and examples of past and current partnerships, visit EDF’s Supply Chain team is focused on accelerating the transition to supply chains that protect the environment& deliver safe & healthy food & products for all, through improving the way products are designed, produced, distributed, and consumed.


Overall Function


The main goal for this internship will be to strategically support the Supply Chain team with research, analysis, content outreach and engagement, and communications. The intern will focus on our climate and energy portfolio. The intern will work with EDF+Business Sr. Manager for Carbon and Energy lead to promote innovative solutions to supply chain sustainability professionals within companies. This could include researching topical trends and conducting outreach and engagement with key stakeholders to develop memos, draft one-pagers, webinars, toolkits, how-to guides, or other communications materials.


Below is a list of current project areas we foresee fitting into this internship. This list is subject to change to balance changes in program priorities and intern interest. The specific responsibilities will be tailored both to the individual in the position, coupled with the current priorities and deliverables of the team. The Intern will coordinate with her manager to prioritize work.


Key Responsibilities

  • Tasks could include but are not limited to:
  • Performing technical analysis, including data collection, spreadsheet creation and management;
  • Conducting detailed fact finding and primary and secondary research, including web-based research and interviews.
  • Assessing, analyzing and synthesizing energy technology market trends.
  • Developing technology and operational strategies for integration into corporate sustainability plans.
  • Writing reports, fact sheets and blogs.
  • Supporting outreach and engagement with key stakeholders.



  • Graduating with an undergraduate degree with an emphasis on analysis, logical reasoning, or problem solving (e.g., engineering, economics, political science, physical sciences, etc.) between December 2019 and June 2020. Typically in Junior or Senior status.
  • Coursework in climate change, energy, sustainability or techno-economic/cost benefit analysis desirable.
  • Working knowledge or strong interest in technical aspects of energy-related climate impacts, low-carbon technologies and policies touching a range of topics including renewable energy, distributed generation, energy efficiency.
  • Basic understanding or strong interest in energy systems including electricity generation, transmission and distribution, natural gas transmission and distribution.
  • Strong conceptual, as well as quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and slide presentation software.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high-quality work.
  • Be a self-motivator with ability to work independently.



January 2019-June 2019



Part-Time 8-20 Hours/wk


Application Materials

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

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.