Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2020
One Time Opportunity

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

Job Title: Clean Transportation Intern
Program/Department: Energy

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. 

Program Overview 

EDF's Energy Program works to reduce the climate, health, and environmental impacts of the current energy system while accelerating the transition to a low carbon energy economy with clean energy access for all. We focus on reducing carbon dioxide and methane emissions from oil and gas production, delivery and end-uses; and reducing dependence on oil and gas through reforms to wholesale market rules and through strategic electrification of end-uses, medium/heavy duty vehicles in particular.

EDF is working with major fleet operators, manufacturers, electric utilities and other key stakeholders to establish new business, finance and regulatory models to bring down total cost of ownership, facilitate the deployment of critical charging infrastructure and encourage charging with clean energy. We are currently conducting analysis to increase understanding of the demands these electric truck and bus fleets would put on the grid, and how cost-effective strategies like rate design changes could help address this demand at least cost and in a fair and equitable manner. This position would evaluate a number of fleet market segments (e.g. delivery trucks and school buses) to evaluate the impact of various electricity rate design approaches on their total cost of ownership and ability to transition to a zero-emission business model. The results would be used in active policy and advocacy in the commercial electric vehicle and utility spaces. 

Key Responsibilities - tasks will include but are not limited to:

•    Research related to clean transportation (e.g., alternative fuels, advanced vehicles)
•    Writing reports, articles, literature reviews, case studies, or other communications materials
•    Working with fleet owners to collect data
•    Modelling potential electric load from a fleet
•    Comparing impact on annual and total cost of ownership of an electric fleet under various rate structures
•    Providing policy and advocacy support to the team in the clean vehicle space

10 weeks during the summer

Full-time (35 hours per week)


Application Materials
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume through the application portal at the link provided, and cite relevant projects and coursework to this position.