Supply Chain Climate and 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.

Summer 2019 Intern (UMICH)

Supply Chain Climate and Energy Intern

Program: EDF+Business, Supply Chain team

Bentonville, AR 


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


EDF has over twenty-five years of experience working with corporations to drive win-win solutions for the environment and business. One of our flagship projects is working with Walmart for the past 10 years to drive improvements in the retail supply chain. EDF helped Walmart exceed its goal to remove 20 MMT of GHGs from its supply chain by 2015 and continued to push Walmart to set an even more aggressive target. In November 2016, Walmart announced a new target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain by one Gigaton by 2030—this is the same as the emissions from the entire German economy for a year.


Using EDF’s wealth of experience working with corporate partners, we are launching a new effort: the GHG Retail and Consumer Product Goods Roadmap project.. Our past work has focused on one-on-one partnership with companies, but in order to catalyze industry-wide change, we want to find ways to reach morecompanies with innovative sustainability solutions, without requiring in-depth one-on-one partnership with each company. The GHG Roadmap project aims to provide companies, initially in the retail and consumer goods product sector, with access to the unique analytical insights and guidance that will enable them to effectively tackle GHG impacts in their supply chain. Related to the GHG Roadmap project is the Sustainable Supply Chain Solutions Center (SCSC), our online platform for disseminating real-world solutions for companies seeking to tackling environmental impacts in their supply chains as well as their own operations.


The intern will work closely with EDF+Business project lead as well as content leads for deforestation, agriculture, food waste, and energy to define needed analytical inputs and guidance needed to communicate pathways to address high-impact GHG mitigation opportunities. The intern will also help guide the development of those resources and identify partnerships that will lead to use of these resources by companies in the retail and consumer goods products sectors to tackle GHG emissions in their supply chain. This work will be closely integrated with the development of the SCSC. This project could include drafting one-pagers, webinars, toolkits, how-to guides,or other communications materials, as well as planning one-on-one meetings or strategy sessions with key stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities


Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Work content leads for deforestation, agriculture, food waste, and energy to define needed analytical and other products that highlight high-impact GHG mitigation opportunities.
  • Guide the development of project outputs.
  • Examines and analyzes statistical data to forecast future marketing trends. Gathers data on competitors and analyzes prices, sales and methods of marketing and distribution.
  • Contributes to preparation and presentation of reports and graphic illustrations of findings.
  • Researches other resources and organization outside of EDF that provide valuable inputs to our research and analysis.
  • Explores creative ways beyond handouts and reports to share learnings, such as animations, videos, webinars, in-person presentations, etc



  • Must be a current University of Michigan student in the Erb or Ross School or Business program to apply
  • Analytical and research skills
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent written communication and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to complete multiple duties with accuracy shifting from one to another with frequent interruptions and competing deadline
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills



Bentonville, AR



10 weeks during the summer



Full-time (35 hours per week)

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.