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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2019


Gladys Brangman

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

Help reduce the environmental impacts of products and services as an Atkinson Center-Environmental Defense Fund intern working in the EDF+ Business group in either Washington, DC or Bentonville, AR.

EDF pioneered the NGO/corporate partnership model, and over the past 25 years has worked with leading companies to reduce the environmental impacts of products and services. Our mission is to transform the marketplace into one that thrives by valuing, protecting and improving the environment and human health. Our projects are designed to achieve significant environmental results, generate business benefits for our corporate partners, and create new industry-wide best practices. A key focus for us is the retail supply chain. Consumer products are integral to our lives, providing comfort, efficiencies, nutrition, and entertainment. But they also have a large impact on the environment and our health. The manufacture and use of consumer goods account for 60% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and two-thirds of tropical deforestation globally. Consumer products are also a significant source of our exposure to toxic chemicals that have been linked to serious disorders and diseases such as cancer, infertility, asthma and even behavioral disorders like ADHD.

Key Responsibilities:

Tasks in building this dossier will include but are not limited to:
  • Recommendations for effectively driving and measuring product improvements;
  • Identification of key product brands to engage;
  • Prioritization of products and associated chemicals of concern;
  • Quantification of market impact;
  • Support of the visibility of our corporate engagement platform Behind the Label; and
  • Collaboration with EDF’s scientists and policy experts.
10 weeks
Full-time (35 hours/week)
Compensation is $5,000 for the summer term.
Boma Brown-West – Senior Manager, Consumer Health [EDF+Business Supply Chain]

This is one of ten (10) Atkinson Center-Environmental Defense Fund summer internships available. You must submit a separate application for each internship, if applying for more than one.

Please make certain to review the Requirements page prior to applying.