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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: Global Climate Policy Intern
Program/Department: Global Climate
Reports to: Britt Groosman

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 

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. The Climate program works to promote ambitious, well-designed market-based climate policies around the world, including at the state and federal level in the United States; in the EU, Brazil, and India; and in international forums including the United Nations climate talks and the International Civil Aviation Organization. The Climate program also works to promote market-based policies to address emissions from tropical deforestation; to put India on a low emissions development path; as well as to help develop a national carbon market in China in partnership with EDF’s China program.

As part of this work, the Intern will work with the Global Climate team contributing to research on increased mitigation ambition targets around the world. The Intern will contribute to a variety of research outputs and gain experience on how legal/political/economic analysis can influence global climate policy development. This position provides an Intern with a strong interest in environmental policy, economics and/or finance with an opportunity to participate in a team working every day at the forefront of environmental policy making.

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

•   Help prepare advocacy materials for the COP26 negotiations.
•   Compile and share information on countries’ increased mitigation plans under the Paris Agreement, expected to be announced at the COP26 in Glasgow, UK.
•   Evaluate evidence to support current emission trajectories.
•   Help synthesize research findings and prepare policy briefs and case studies for specific countries and country groups (e.g. US, EU, Brazil, India, China and India).

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.