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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2023
One Time Opportunity


Beth Fox

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

(Important: please see the Requirements tab of this posting to ensure that you submit all necessary application materials.)

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.

Job Title: Atkinson Intern, Canada Oil & Gas Methane Inventory
Program/Department: The Office of Chief Scientist (OCS)

Program/Department Overview
The Office of Chief Scientist (OCS) is the nexus of science at Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), ensuring that the science that is the backbone for all EDF policy positions is based on the best available information. To be most effective in this role, OCS 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 Fellow will work with OCS and report to a Lead Senior Scientist in OCS.

Overall Function
Under the supervision of our team, the intern will learn and understand the basic concepts of the oil and gas industry, emission sources and regulations. The intern will review current government modelling approaches to estimate emissions, develop code to pull data from online sources and process the data, and use the developed program to compare government estimates to our most recent measurement campaigns to gain insight into emission rates.