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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2020
One Time Opportunity

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

Job Title: Enhanced Nutrient Recovery Intern
Program/Department: Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS)
Reports to: Joe Rudek & Mi Nguyen

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 

This internship will be a part of a joint research project on Enhanced Nutrient Recovery (ENRe) technology between the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University and EDF. Managing manure at animal feeding operations is a major challenge for the commercial livestock industry. Current common treatment options don’t effectively capture the nutrient resources within manure and instead create a potential source of air and water pollution via green-house gases (GHG) emission, runoff to surface water and leakage to groundwater. A cost-effective, energy-efficient technology that captures manure nutrient resources without air and water pollution risks is a critical need for sustainable manure management. ENRe is a promising biotechnology that can simultaneously achieve nutrient recovery and removal while reducing air and water pollution emissions during manure treatment. To evaluate the adoption of the ENRe technology as a sustainable manure management practice, we are conducting a feasibility study looking into technical, economic and environmental aspects of the technology.  

The Enhanced Nutrient Recovery Intern will have the opportunity to gain experience in conducting a feasibility study, with a focus on the technical aspect of the ENRe technology. The intern will assist an Atkinson-EDF Postdoc Fellow to monitor the performance of the ENRe technology in treating effluent from a dairy farm, and run a model to predict the operating conditions and performance of ENRe at a whole-farm scale. This internship is a unique opportunity to learn how to conduct cutting-edge applied research and the process of adopting a sustainable manure management technology.

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

•    Monitor the operating conditions of the ENRe lab-scale bioreactor
•    Provide support to the team in analyzing samples from the bioreactor
•    Run a model with input data collected from the bioreactor to predict the performance of ENRe at a whole-farm scale

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. Please highlight your previous experiences doing lab work and/or modelling if applicable.