Regulatory Policy & Analysis Intern, U.S. Clean Air

Environmental Defense Fund Washington , DC 20319

Posted 3 days ago


With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world's largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.


Environmental Defense Fund (, a leading international nonprofit organization, creates transformational solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF links science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships. Connect with us on EDF Voices, Twitter and Facebook.

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.

Clean Air Overview

Environmental Defense Fund's U.S Clean Air 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 climate and clean air laws and regulations from harmful and unnecessary rollbacks as well as advocating for ambitious state action on climate.

EDF envisions a world in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected to the environmental challenges we face and are engaged in creating durable, equitable solutions. EDF's U.S. Clean Air team is dedicated to achieving that vision in our work, helping achieve clean air for all.

Overall Function

We seek a student interested in working on cutting edge regional and national climate, air quality, and energy 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 rulemaking 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 to ensure that rigorous protections are adopted and implemented. The Intern will be with the Clean Air team, part of EDF's Climate program, and will assist in our activities to protect and advance clean air standards at the federal and state level as well as advocate for ambitious state action on climate.

The intern will be an integral part of the team, working on policy and analytic projects related to defending the Clean Power Plan and assisting with state level efforts to secure carbon reductions from the power sector. The intern will perform policy and technical analysis and prepare public outreach materials including fact sheets, internal memos, and blogs. 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 and technical analysis and prepare briefing papers and other relevant materials to support EDF's defense and advancement of the nation's clean air laws as well as EDF's state climate advocacy efforts;

  • 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;

  • Track emissions from greenhouse gases and criteria pollutants;

  • Attend meetings with a broad group of staff working on climate, clean air, and clean energy issues, where discussions focus on defeating environmental regulatory rollbacks or anti-environmental legislation and garnering support for new clean air and climate initiatives.


  • Demonstrated interest in climate, clean energy, or air quality policy and strong commitment to environmental protection.

  • Ability to undertake both quantitative and qualitative analysis of clean air and climate policy issues.

  • High degree of professionalism.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Must be well organized and detail-oriented.

  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work in a team setting and work independently when projects are due.

  • Demonstrate initiative and strong data analytic and problem solving skills.

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.

  • Excellent judgment, flexibility, good humor, self-starter, and highly motivated.


Washington, DC


Summer 2019


Full-time 35 hours per week


This internship would involve either compensation for hourly work paid at a rate competitive with leading non-profits or academic credit. Students are encouraged to seek academic credit through their college/university and EDF will ensure that any and all paperwork needed to secure academic credit is completed.


To be considered please apply by submitting your resume, cover letter, and a short writing sample.

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.

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