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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: Social Cognition Intern
Program/Department: Office of the Chief Scientist
Reports to: Rainer Romero

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 Office of the Chief Scientist is the nexus of science at EDF, ensuring that the natural and social science that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be most effective in this role the Office of Chief Scientist provides programmatic support for all scientists at EDF and fosters relationships with scientists outside the organization. The OCS team works on projects across all of EDF's programs, translating natural and social science basic and applied research into actionable ideas for colleagues who are designing programs and projects. The social science division within the OCS conducts research and analysis for emerging social, cognitive, affective, and behavioral science around environmental issues.

Overall Function

Over the years, EDF's cognitive, affective, and behavioral and social sciences team has conducted dozens of studies in the service of the organization.  While the team has published some of this work in peer-reviewed journals, the vast majority of the studies remain in a vault.  This summer intern will generate drafts of multiple blog posts for EDF's intranet that summarize recommendations from the studies. Each blog will be supplemented by a lay friendly report that will describe study methods and analyses that lead to the recommendations. The intern will be responsible for 8-10 drafts of blogs and their corresponding reports.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with supervisors in identifying a set of studies to summarize for EDF staff.
  • Design a template and standard format for writing the intranet blog and for the reports.
  • Assist in the replication of the analyses conducted when the studies were first completed.
  • Edit and improve data visualizations already in place and select the most useful ones.
  • Write drafts of the blog posts, each about one of the selected studies.
  • Write lay-friendly, synthesis of learnings of each of the selected studies.
  • Provide additional support to supervisors during their summer research projects.


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


10 weeks


Full time (35 hours per week) during the Summer of 2021.


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

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and résumé to the EDF application, together with a list of relevant coursework, and at least one writing sample of no more than 10 pages, preferably one summarizing a technical analysis or study.