Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).


Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, New York, Raleigh, San Francisco, OR Washington DC

TIME ZONE: US Regional

WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.

INDUSTRY: Advocacy/Grassroots, Public Health/Science/Environment

Intern, Energy Transition Analytics

With world attention focused on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. This leading green group has tripled in size over the past decade by focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches.

You 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.

About EDF+Business: We believe companies, communities and the environment can thrive in unison – and we’re making it happen by forging unexpected partnerships that catalyze environmental leadership and collaboration across companies and supply chains. We combine cutting-edge science, economic expertise and unexpected partnerships to help high-impact companies – including BP, Legal & General Investment Management, Lyft and Sephora – transform business as usual.

Overall Function

Sitting within EDF+Business and reporting to the Senior Manager of the Investor Influence team, the Energy Transition Analytics Intern will play a central role conducting research and analysis on the energy sector and emerging energy transition topics to inform communications aimed at investors and financial institutions.

You will be a key team player in developing thought leadership for EDF’s new investor insights platform, which intends to equip the financial community with the independent analysis and tools needed to manage climate risk, assess opportunities, and accelerate urgent action in the sectors that matter most.

Key Responsibilities

As a member of the EDF+Business Investor Influence team, the position’s responsibilities will include:

  • Compiling data and performing timely in-house analysis on one or more carbon-intensive sectors and emerging energy topics, which could include zero emission trucking, shipping, aviation, hydrogen or petrochemicals.
  • Leveraging analysis to develop actionable insights and recommendations that investors can use in evaluating and engaging with companies in these sectors.
  • Translating complex, technical subject matter into language that resonates with and helps drive desired behavior by investor audiences.
  • Authoring thought leadership such as blogs, digital/social media, reporter memos, infographics, etc. to present findings.
  • Contributing to an internal knowledge hub to house the growing body of analytical work related to EDF’s energy transition work.
  • Participate in advancing EDF 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.
  • Share research findings with the team through organized, visually appealing presentations.


  • Must be a current student interested in public service at Harvard.
  • Demonstrated interest and background in energy technology, policy or finance.
  • 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 independently in a remote setting.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.


 Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop, Web Camera; an EDF email address will be provided

2021 Intern Reflection:

Working at the Environmental Defense Fund this summer has been a monumentally rewarding experience. As the Legislative Intern for EDF's Health team, my work thus far has touched on policy issues including clean drinking water, air quality, chemical safety, and more. On an average day, I might go from watching Congressional committee hearing on proposed water infrastructure legislation and preparing a memo about it for our team to meeting with EDF's air quality experts to strategize about how we can best promote policies that reduce transportation-related air pollution and reduce racial health disparities amongst children. Coming into this internship, I wish I’d known how fast moving the workflow would be. Even though I’m working remotely, there is always something to do and rarely downtime on the legislative side of EDF! If you consider yourself to be someone deeply passionate about the health space, understanding the policy making process, or simply the environment more broadly, I cannot recommend to you this internship and EDF more strongly. The organization is full of intelligent, personable, and committed experts across a wide range of fields and disciplines who are interested in meeting you where you are and providing the support and advice to help you advance your young career.

- Eric Jjemba

Washington, D.C.