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Economic Policy Intern — DC or NYC

Organization: Environmental Defense Fund

Job Title: Economic Policy Intern

Location: DC or NYC

Hours and Compensation: 35 hours/week — paid

Position Dates: Oct. 10 – Dec. 27, 2012

Application Deadline: open until filled

Posted On: Aug. 15, 2012

Organization Overview

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, with programs from Boston to Beijing, 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, with a focus on results.


The Economic Policy Intern will assist economists in EDF’s Office of Economic Policy and Analysis in developing and analyzing market-based solutions to a wide range of environmental problems (including climate change, energy, nitrogen pollution, and ecosystem and water markets) through research, data analysis, and assistance with writing internal reports and public communications.


  • Help create and maintain information databases based on a wide variety of economic models and sources
  • Provide timely in-house economic analyses for the following EDF programs (Climate & Air; Land, Water & Wildlife; Energy; Oceans)
  • Monitor and assist in responding to economic queries from press/media, government, and internal sources
  • Assist in writing reports and press releases on economic issues
  • Provide support for the above tasks through internet and library research


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with economics background (at least two college-level economics classes required; economics major or related discipline preferred)
  • Interest in public policy and advocacy, particularly energy, climate change policy and use of market-based solutions to environmental problems.
  • Highly proficient in MS Word and Excel
  • Exceptional organizational skills–must be detail oriented and able to multi-task
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced environment with changing needs and critical deadlines
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work in a team setting as well as independently

How to Apply

Application requirements:  Please complete our online application, upload your resume and identify in your cover letter if you are interested in working in DC or NYC.


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