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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: Permian Basin Campaign Data Analysis Intern
Program/Department: Energy Program
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/Department Overview

EDF’s Energy Program works to accelerate the transition to a clean, low-carbon economy. As part of this effort, we have launched a 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. Human-caused sources of methane, a potent climate pollutant, are responsible for at least 25% of the warming we feel today – and thus reducing methane emissions is one of the fastest ways to bend the curve on climate emissions. Additionally, methane is often emitted with other harmful chemicals that increase air pollution and cause health problems for those living nearby.

The PermianMAP campaign deploys aircraft, vehicle, and tower-based sensors to detect and quantify methane emissions from oil and gas sites in the Permian. The data, including the identity of high emitting sites, is published quickly on a public website to inform stakeholders (e.g. regulators, investors, oil and gas companies) and facilitate mitigation of emissions.

Overall Function

The intern will provide technical support for the EDF Permian Basin Campaign, working with our science, advocacy and communications staff to manage the collection, analysis, display, and communication of emissions data. The intern will collaborate with a diverse group including EDF staff across multiple programs, external research teams, and public stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing emissions data collected through the project.  Developing graphs, charts, maps and other visualizations to help communicate these data.
  • Aggregating relevant dataset acquired from public databases into useful and actionable spatial datasets to support the overall understanding and presentation of Permian data.
  • Assist coordination of aerial, drone and ground-based measurement campaigns conducted by our partner research teams.
  • Participate in conversations with oil and gas companies, regulators, and other stakeholders about the campaign and data. Occasionally, this could include working to alert operator or environmental regulators in the case of discovery of large or dangerous emission events.
  • Help maintain and expand the campaign website.
  • Synthesizing campaign results for internal and external reports, including the opportunity to co-author peer-reviewed manuscripts, blogs, and white papers.


All EDF Internships are currently remote. The Supervisor for this position is based out of EDF’s Austin office.


10 weeks


Full-time (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. Please highlight relevant interests, experience and coursework in the cover letter.