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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2021
One Time Opportunity


Carrie Young

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

Job Title: Coastal Science Policy Intern
Program/Department: Coastal Resilience
Reports to: Grace Tucker

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/Department Overview

The Coastal Resilience team is working to build more resilient coastal communities by promoting the use of large-scale, community- and nature-based adaptation strategies to reduce the risk of sea level rise, flooding and damages from coastal storms. In addition to our ongoing coastal resilience work in Louisiana and North Carolina, we are also expanding into new regions along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

Overall Function

The Coastal Science Policy Intern will provide research support and analysis to help advance the program’s strategic goals. The Coastal Science Policy Intern will identify and analyze peer-reviewed research and federal and state coastal policies, update internal tracking databases and assist with writing as needed to support our ongoing geographic expansion. Through this work, the Coastal Science Policy Intern will gain experience in coastal natural infrastructure and ecosystem restoration science, the current status of coastal policy at the federal level and states of interest, database management and science communication skills. The Coastal Science Intern’s work will be guided by the Senior Director, Coastal Resilience with support from other staff in the Washington, DC office.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Research and analyze scientific literature on coastal science, natural infrastructure, and coastal climate adaptation approaches.
  • Maintain database of relevant coastal science statistics and facts.
  • Track relevant coastal policy at the federal level and in states of interest.
  • Support the team with writing needs, possibly including blogs, reports, and/or social media.
  • Assist with other research requests as needed and as time allows.


All EDF Internships are currently remote. The Supervisor for this position is based out of Washington, DC office.


10 weeks


Full-time (35 hours/week)


This internship is supported by the Atkinson Internship Program at Cornell University. 

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application.