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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: Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Electrification Analyst
Program/Department: Energy Program

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 Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Electrification Analyst will sit within the Energy Program in our office in Austin, TX.

The goal of the EDF Energy Program is to bend the curve on greenhouse gas emissions while meeting the world’s energy needs cleanly and equitably. To achieve our goal, we seek reforms in law, regulation, and/or business practice through a set of strategic corporate partnerships, direct engagement with policymakers, and mobilizing investor and public sentiment in favor of change. In achieving our objectives, we facilitate cutting-edge science, technical innovation, and rigorous economic and financial analysis to develop durable solutions.

Transportation, already a major source of greenhouse gases (GHGs), is expected to be the largest source of new emissions through 2050. Over 80% of the growth in transportation emissions will be from modes associated with freight movement: ships, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) and aviation. MHDVs account for nearly 60% of these new emissions and are projected to rival light-duty vehicles as the largest source of transportation GHGs by 2050. Heavy transportation also results in serious air-quality impacts to human health. In 2015, 385,000 premature deaths resulted globally from air pollution associated with transportation, with on-road diesel vehicles accounting for half of this impact – by far the largest contributor.

Environmental Defense Fund’s goal is that by 2030, 30% of new MHDV sales in the U.S., Europe and China are electric, putting us on a pathway toward achieving our 2050 vision. Our initiatives have begun in New York, Los Angeles, and Houston. By partnering with commercial fleet operators in these cities and demonstrating the viability, cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits of electrifying transportation we can start to work towards this goal.

Overall Function

The overarching function of this internship will be to help to accelerate the uptake of MHDV from public and private fleet owners with supporting research and analytics. The research required will entail researching various electric MHDV types while noting economic, environmental, and operational barriers or benefits of implementation of each vehicle type. The intern will be collecting data and providing analytical support on various related topics, including but not limited to EV financing strategies, charging infrastructure, emissions impacts, EV incentives, and EV cost assumptions.

This individual will have the opportunity to collaborate with the team, participate on calls, attend relevant webinars, and to engage with industry stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supports and executes priority projects and works internally to develop activities toward completing project goals.
  • Incorporates diversity, environmental justice, and equity objectives into all internal and external work.
  • Helps draft communications, op-eds, reports, and proposals.
  • Identifies new opportunities and strategies for accomplishing program goals.
  • Helps develop and implement outreach strategies and provide avenues and tools for engaging communities in political and policy processes to reduce air and climate pollution.
  • Helps develop and maintains key partnerships with local community groups, municipal and county government leaders, and state leadership where appropriate.
  • Applies excellent organizational, communication, and planning skills in preparing internal correspondance and reports, responding to requests for information.
  • Engage with and understand constituents with diverse backgrounds, including local community groups, industry representatives, and environmental policy advocates.
  • Provide rapid analysis, as needed, to support the Energy Team program advocacy.
  • Assist in the development and production of project materials such as case studies, brochures, reports, speeches, PowerPoint slides and other visual presentations.

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct analyses of private and public fleets using EDF’s Total Cost of Ownership tool and Emissions Comparison tool
  • Produce and deliver PowerPoint presentations of analyses to fleet managers and policy makers
  • Research developments in medium and heavy duty electric vehicle market availability
  • Perform research to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure plans for local entities


Austin, Texas or remote


10 weeks


35 hours per 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.