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Environmental Defense Fund | Washington, DC
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Job Description


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 700 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.

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. We seek talented candidates who share the Core Values that allow us to experiment courageously in our work while staying true to who we've been as an organization for 50 years. Are you a results oriented individual who is passionate about creating environmental solutions that make a lasting difference in the world? Do you respect diverse perspectives, talents and contributions? Do you value innovation and enjoy designing and using a wide range of problem-solving tools? Do you embrace environmental goals with a sense of optimism while taking into account real-world dynamics? If you have integrity and a strong desire to uphold a commitment to science, rigorous analysis, intellectual honesty and ethical action, then EDF is the place for you.


Program Overview

Defend Our Future, an initiative of EDF, is empowering young people to change the politics around climate change so we can make progress on the most important environmental issue of our time. Defend Our Future is building a diverse, nationwide movement of student leaders, social justice and environmental activists, artists, actors, comedians, companies and others who support action on climate to protect the most vulnerable communities, public health and the environment for future generations.

Overall Function

The Defend Our Future Intern will be supporting a small team within EDF and contributing to multiple projects throughout the fall of 2019. The Intern will be working alongside experts in grassroots organizing, voter mobilization, political and issue campaigns, and traditional and online communications.

Some of the tasks will include preparing blog and social media posts, editing reports and proposals, research, outreach to allied organizations and planning local events. The Intern have opportunities to gain new experience working alongside a diverse array of experts of a leading environmental organization, and to network at events in the Washington, DC region.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

* Draft and edit copy for social media, website, blogs, emails and other materials
* Plan and staff events
* Attend hearings and other activities on Capitol Hill
* Partnerships engagement
* General research


* Demonstrated interest in, experience with working for an environmental organization or political, or issue campaign.
* Proficient with Microsoft Office.
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.
* Familiarity with popular social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
* 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.
* Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.
* Ability to work well with both small and large teams.


Washington, DC


10 weeks during the fall


Full-time (35 hours/week) and part-time applicants


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.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application, together with a writing sample (no more than two pages) and references.

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.

About Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.

What distinguishes Environmental Defense Fund is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it.

We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climateoceansecosystems and healthSince these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations — as well as with business, government and communities — and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.