Gladys Brangman

Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2018

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description
Defend national clean air laws and regulations as an Atkinson Center-Environmental Defense Fund Legal and Regulatory team intern in Washington, DC.
The team is seeking a highly qualified and deeply motivated individual to work on projects related to climate, air quality, and energy, with particular focus on defending our national clean air laws and regulations from harmful and unnecessary rollbacks; a student interested in working on cutting edge regional and national climate and air quality issues.
EDF is working on many fronts to clean the air and halt climate-disrupting emissions of greenhouse gases. One of the tools we have available to secure clean air, climate, and health protections is the federal rule-making process. The federal standards being promulgated under the Clean Air Act — a momentous piece of legislation first passed by Congress in 1970 and strengthened in 1990 — require enormous efforts by EDF and partners t o ensure that rigorous protections are adopted and that implemented.
The intern will be with the Legal & Regulatory Advocacy team, part of EDF’s Climate & Energy program, and will assist in our activities to protect and advance clean air standards at the federal and state level. The intern will be an integral part of the L&R team, working on analytic and outreach projects related to defending national ozone standards, the Clean Power Plan, and assisting with state level efforts to secure carbon reductions from the power sector. One example of a project the intern will lead is the development of a system for tracking the public health and environmental impacts of rollbacks of climate and air protections occurring at the federal level. The intern will develop public outreach materials for this project, including fact sheets, internal memos, blogs, and will partner with EDF graphics designers.
Based in Washington, DC, the intern will have access to innumerable professional growth opportunities including through attending policy summits, briefings, and seminars hosted by national thought-leaders, as well as be able to attend public congressional events such as committee hearings and briefings related to climate and clean energy policy. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with colleagues at partner organizations in the DC area working on climate, air, and clean energy issues.

Key Responsibilities:

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Perform research, policy analysis, and preparation of briefing papers and other relevant materials to support EDF’s defense and advancement of the nation’s clean air laws;
  • Prepare public communications documents, including fact sheets, blogs, and outreach materials for decision -makers and the public;
  • Research regulatory issues, monitor congressional and other hearings;
  • Prepare presentations, graphics, and databases/spreadsheets;
  • Coordinate with media, field, and online staff on material preparation as necessary.
  • Attend weekly meetings with a broad group of staff working on political issues, where discussions focus on defeating anti-environmental legislation, working across the environmental community to garner support for new clean air initiatives, and engaging key demographics that range from members of Congress to grassroot supporters.
10 weeks during the summer
Full-time (35 hours/week)
Compensation is $5,000 for the summer term.
Mandy Warner, Senior Manager, Climate and Air Policy
Please make certain to review the Requirements page prior to applying.