Summer Legal Intern, Global Climate

Position Details

Organization: Environmental Defense Fund Department: Climate and Energy Program
Level: Graduate Internship Link


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. EDF’s Internship Program welcomes intellectually hungry leaders to join them, advance their work, and cultivate the skills and relationships needed for a successful career working for the environment. Alumni of the EDF Internship Program have gone on to important leadership positions, most notably their own President, Fred Krupp. 


EDF seeks a highly qualified summer legal intern to work with our international climate team on research, writing, and creative advocacy strategies for encouraging and incentivizing sovereign nations to reduce their global warming pollution. Previous interns have researched and written legal and policy documents that were subsequently published in leading national journals or included in EDF submissions to intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Much of their work in this field occurs at the interface between public international law and legal frameworks governing domestic public and private actors. Projects may focus on treaty development, development of national or subnational law, linkages between and among national and sub-national legal systems, and/or linkages between treaties and domestic programs. 

Application Requirements


The work is multifaceted, fast-paced, and intellectually challenging.  Applicants should be able to demonstrate: 

  • strong legal research and writing skills;
  • the ability to undertake both large projects and 1-2 page policy briefs.

Familiarity/experience with international law, environmental law, the history of climate treaty negotiations, and carbon markets is a plus. Law students who will have completed their second year of law school are preferred.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and CV to the EDF application, together with a list of three references and a brief (max. 10 page) writing sample. 

Applications are considered immediately and on a rolling basis until the position is filled.