Summer Intern, International Aviation

Environmental Defense Fund
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Mar 30

Position description

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 VoicesTwitter 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.

Environmental Defense Fund’s Global Climate Program seeks an intern in our Washington, D.C. office to assist with our international aviation work.  We are currently working to implement the world’s first limit on the net emissions of a global industry sector, namely the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction System for International Aviation (CORSIA), which was adopted in October 2016 by the 191-nation Assembly of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  CORSIA caps the net emissions of international flights between participating countries at 2020 levels, and allows airlines to offset emissions above 2020 levels by utilizing reductions in other sectors – provided those reductions meet CORSIA’s emerging standards for emissions unit quality.  Ensuring robust and durable implementation of CORSIA, and strengthening its ambition in the future, is our goal.

Overall Function

Through research and analysis, the intern will support the development of strategies for advancing the implementation of, and broadening participation in, CORSIA.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Developing case studies on the benefits for particular countries of CORSIA participation
  • Researching aspects of the aviation industry related to its future compliance with CORSIA
  • Developing materials to educate policy makers and the industry on the benefits of linking CORSIA to high-quality emissions reductions, including those achieved at jurisdictional levels
  • Assisting with the development and application of models to assess the costs of meeting CORSIA targets


  • Demonstrated interest in environmental science, environmental economics, international relations, public policy, or related fields.
  • Experience living and/or working abroad, preferred.
  • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other software applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interface well with all programs/departments in the organization and to represent the Global Climate team in a highly professional manner. 
  • 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 initiative and problem solving skills.

Application instructions

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