Environmental Defense Fund is hiring a
Put your passion and skills to work for the planet. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, and we need people like you to help us build a vital Earth — for everyone.
We’re Environmental Defense Fund, a fast-paced nonprofit with a growing staff of more than 850 people in nearly 30 countries. We deliver game-changing solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen people’s ability to thrive despite the effects climate change is already having. We work wherever we can have the most impact, from local communities to top companies to governments worldwide, and even in space.
Our culture, values and commitment to diversity make EDF an exciting and meaningful place to work. Every job here makes a difference. Won’t you join us?
EDF’s Political Affairs team is working to create political will and bold policies in order to deliver the greenhouse gas emissions reductions that scientists say are necessary to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Specifically, the Federal Affairs team works to build support for federal legislation to advance EDF’s policy priorities on climate change, clean energy, environmental justice, agriculture, resiliency, and national security.
This intern will support members of the Federal Affairs team in their work to advance climate change, clean energy, and environmental justice legislation in Congress. The intern will conduct equity-focused research on emerging priority issues, analyze federal legislation, track model state level environmental justice legislation, and work to advance overall environmental justice (EJ) competency within the Federal Affairs team. They will also work with their supervisor to develop and complete a capstone project that aligns with their personal and professional interests within the environmental field.
Tasks will include but are not limited to:
Research the equity and EJ impacts of emerging EDF priority issues. This includes, but is not limited to, critical minerals, hydrogen, and manufacturing.
Track and analyze local/state EJ legislation and policies, and explore opportunities for Congress to amplify or build upon those projects at the federal level.
Analyze federal legislation with a specific focus on equity and environmental justice implications.
Work with the EJ Policy Manager and other internal stakeholders to incorporate equity and environmental justice into EDF’s implementation strategy for the Inflation Reduction Act.
Support EDF staff at hearings, briefings, webinars, and other public events, and produce polished notes on critical statements made by members of Congress and other partners.
Support the EJ Policy Manager and EJ lobby lead in developing information resources and training tools on environmental justice for the Federal Affairs team.
Monitor statements made by members of Congress on climate change and environmental justice, with the intention of identifying environmental justice champions on Capitol Hill.
Work with the EJ Policy Manager and EJ lobby lead to develop effective processes for coordinating environmental justice policy work across departments.
Participate in advancing EDF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.
Must be enrolled in/be a recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
Demonstrate interest in climate change and environmental issues.
Preference for candidates with interest in and/or experience working on environmental justice issues.
Must be comfortable with various online meeting and communications platforms.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented.
Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due.
Demonstrate self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.
Location: Hybrid out of Washington, D.C. office or U.S. Remote.
Term: Spring, January-May 2023
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week) or Part time (15-20 hours per week) based on candidate’s availability.
Compensation: This internship would involve either compensation for work paid at a rate competitive with leading non-profits at $17-$20/hr based on candidate background, or academic credit. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit or funding through their college/university and EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed.
Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a brief writing sample.
We offer a strong total rewards package encompassing competitive salary, robust benefits, and professional development opportunities consistent with a modern global organization. We take into account factors such as candidate experience, skills, training, internal team equity and local norms.
The pay range for this role is shown below.
Please note that pay ranges are country specific. As a result, the stated currency is not meant be converted into any other currency.
Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.