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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: Permian Basin Campaign Data Analysis Intern
Program/Department: Energy
Reports to: David Lyon

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 accelerate the transition to a clean, low-carbon economy, including the reduction of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. As part of this effort, we have launched a twelve month science and advocacy campaign in the Permian Basin of west Texas and southeast New Mexico. The Permian Basin is one of the world’s largest oil fields and the fastest developing basin in the U.S., but there are little available data on methane emissions in the region. The EDF campaign will deploy aircraft, vehicle, and tower-based approaches to detect and quantify methane emissions from oil and gas sites in the Permian. The data, including the identity of high emitting sites, will be published quickly on a public website to inform stakeholders and facilitate mitigation of emissions. (

The intern will provide technical support for the EDF Permian Basin Campaign, primarily supporting science and communications staff managing the collection, analysis, display, and communication of methane emissions data. The intern will interact with a diverse group including EDF staff from multiple programs, external research teams, and public stakeholders.

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

•    Reviewing and analyzing measurement data
•    Coordinating field work by contracted research teams
•    Supporting the development and maintenance of the campaign website
•    Answer questions from oil and gas companies, regulators, and other stakeholders about the campaign and data
•    Synthesizing campaign results for internal and external reports, possibly including co-authorship of peer-reviewed manuscripts

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 website provided.