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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: Economic Policy Intern
Program/Department: Office of the Chief Economist
Reports to: Maureen Lackner

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

EDF’s Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) works to advance policies that make market forces work for – rather than against – the environment. Our work is guided by two closely linked missions: program support and thought leadership. We work closely with all of EDF’s programs to ensure our work is based on sound economics and policy design. Through research and analysis, we work to strengthen economics throughout EDF, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and interact with policymakers and other stakeholders to build support for economically sound environmental policies.

Overall Function

EDF’s Office of the Chief Economist is seeking a qualified and motivated student for its summer internship. The Economic Policy Intern will assist economists in EDF’s Office of the Chief Economist in developing and analyzing market-based solutions to a wide range of environmental problems through research, data analysis, and assistance with writing internal reports and public communications.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Assist in data analysis using a wide variety of economic sources and emissions data
  • Provide timely in-house economic analyses for the Office of the Chief Economist
  • Monitor and assist in responding to economic queries from press/media, government, and internal sources
  • Assist in writing reports and press releases on economic issues
  • Provide support for the above tasks through internet and library research


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


10-week internship


Full-time, 35 hours per week


This internship would be fully funded through Cornell’s U.S. Atkinson Internship program.

Application Materials

To be considered for the Economic Policy Internship with the Environmental Defense Fund’s Office of the Chief Economist, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter. In your letter, please describe your interests in environmental economic policy, relevant completed course work or other experience.