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Schneider Summer Fellowships: Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) 2022

Environmental Sustainability

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.

Check out the six opportunities available to Stanford students below.



Belize Small Scale Fisheries Intern

San Francisco, CA 

Program/Department Overview

Healthy oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. But they’re in peril – from climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction and other threats. That’s why EDF’s Climate Resilient Fisheries and Oceans program is working to safeguard the oceans and protect nature, while feeding the planet, creating more secure livelihoods and bolstering more equitable societies for human well-being. One of the greatest threats to the oceans is overfishing, which is why our dedicated team of scientists, economists and fishery management experts are collaborating with partners around the globe to make sustainable fishing the norm. Through our programs in the U.S., Latin America and Asia Pacific, we draw on strong science and economic principles to advance sustainable fishing practices, forward-looking policies and innovative tools that support the health of our oceans and the people who depend on them for food and their livelihoods.

In Belize, EDF has worked with a wide array of government, stakeholders and local partners for more than 10 years to transform the management of their marine resources. EDF’s work has included helping Belize put in place the world’s first nationwide system of fisheries co-management areas (managed access) and expanding its formerly underperforming MPA network. These areas are now jointly managed by committees of fishers and government who, advised by scientists and managers, are using adaptive management based on the best available scientific information. The next critical step for Belize is the effective management of dozens of finfish species that support reef health and provide food and livelihoods. To address this need, EDF, the Belize Fisheries Department and a diverse set of stakeholders are developing a national multispecies finfish management plan. The adoption and implementation of participatory, science-based finfish management will be a major milestone toward climate resilience for Belize’s fisheries and fishing communities, and will serve as a model for other Caribbean fisheries.

Overall Function

The Belize Small-Scale Fisheries Intern will support EDF’s Belize team and partners to implement the nation’s first adaptive multispecies finfish management plan. The intern's role will

include developing communications and training materials to support outreach and capacity development with fishers, community leaders, fishery co-management organizations, and other stakeholders. In addition, the intern will document lessons and stories from Belize’s experiences in small-scale fisheries management, including topics such as co-management, science-based management of multispecies fisheries, MPAs, ecosystem-based management, and technology applications for fisheries management. The intern will be integrated in to the Belize team and will have the opportunity to support other team priorities.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks may include but are not limited to:

· Participate in team meetings and check-ins and function as a fully integrated team member.

· Following intake discussions with supervisor to assess skills, interests, and career path, select focal project(s) and develop work plan with milestones and desired outputs.

· Create communications and training materials (e.g., case studies, blogs, infographics, brochures, videos, etc.) relevant to implementation of multispecies fisheries management and other topics, ensuring accessibility and relevance to fisher and community audiences.

· Document and disseminate stories from Belize’s experiences managing small-scale fisheries through platforms – including social media, the Small-Scale Fisheries Resource and Collaboration Hub, EDF’s EDFish blog and Sustainable Fisheries Toolkit, and other relevant distribution channels – to share lessons with Caribbean and global audiences.

· Support design and delivery of virtual events and workshops as appropriate.

· Support translation of training/communications materials to strengthen accessibility and engagement with fisher audiences.

· Participate in advancing EDF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 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.

Qualifications

· Interest in international and community work.

· Must be enrolled in Stanford undergraduate or graduate program; coursework or interest in fisheries, environmental science, natural resources management, social sciences, international development, communications, or related fields is desirable.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills, including creating written or visual communications material such as articles, case studies, video, infographics, etc.

· Experience or demonstrated interest in working with diverse groups.

· Well organized, self-motivated and detail-oriented.

· Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills.

· Ability to work on multiple projects, prioritize and meet deadlines.

· Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, including with colleagues from different technical and cultural backgrounds, and distributed across multiple geographies.

· Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

· Ability and willingness to be flexible and adapt to an evolving area of work.

· Language skills in Spanish and/or other Caribbean languages are desirable but not required.

 

 


Carbon Sequestration Intern

San Francisco, CA

Program/Department Overview

Healthy oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. But they’re in peril – from climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction and other threats. EDF’s Fisheries & Oceans program has been successfully helping fiseheries become more sustainable around the world for over 20 years. We also have initiatives to protect and restore the natural pathways through which the ocean sequesters atmospheric carbon dioxide, an essential part of any strategy to prevent catastrophic climate change. Environmental justice and equity are imperatives of our work, as is the improvement of human welfare and food security. We draw on strong science, policy, and economic principles and skills to achieve these ambitious goals.

Overall Function

The Intern would conduct a literature review to see if there are any estimates for how much carbon marine ecosystems residing within exclusive economic zones (EEZs) have contributed to carbon drawdown over the last century. We would use this information to identify information gaps necessary to estimate this for key states (eg., small island states and other states that have contributed little to climate change but are experiencing major adverse impacts of climate change) in an attempt to assign credit for carbon drawdown by marine ecosystems in each key country EEZ. This could be a start to a longer term project to add blue carbon to Nationally Determined Accounts, help countries demonstrate progress toward Sustainable Development Goals, and enter blue carbon markets to finance conservation and sustainable development.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

· Following intake discussions with supervisor to assess skills, interests, and career path, select focal project(s) and develop work plan with milestones and desired outputs.

· Develop research approach and workplan

· Develop report outline and review with supervisor

· Develop draft report and review with supervisor

· Develop final report

· Present results to Fisheries and Oceans Program staff

· Participate in advancing EDF’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental challenges in alignment with EDF values.

· Respond to short-term requests for information or research to support other Fisheries and Oceans projects

Qualifications

· Proficiency conducting research and synthesizing results.

· Must be enrolled in Stanford undergraduate or graduate program with coursework, independent research, or other experience related to or experience in carbon accounting, National Determined Contribution accounting, blue carbon, carbon credits, or carbon markets.

· 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.

· Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

· Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.

 

 

 


Climate Resilient Fisheries Policy Intern

San Francisco, CA

Program/Department Overview

Healthy oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. But they’re in peril – from climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction and other threats. That’s why EDF’s Climate Resilient Fisheries and Oceans program is working to safeguard the oceans and protect nature, while feeding the planet, creating more secure livelihoods and bolstering more equitable societies for human well-being. One of the greatest threats to the oceans is overfishing, which is why our dedicated team of scientists, economists and fishery management experts are collaborating with partners around the globe to make sustainable fishing the norm. Through our programs in the U.S., Latin America and Asia Pacific, we draw on strong science and economic principles to advance sustainable fishing practices, forward-looking policies and innovative tools that support the health of our oceans and the people who depend on them for food and their livelihoods.

Overall Function

The Climate Resilient Fisheries Intern will support our policy and advocacy work across three key areas: data modernization in US fisheries, policy and regulatory solutions for climate-resilient fisheries, and maintaining strong conservation mandates within the re-authorization of the Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA). Work products would be a summary of key entry points for the EDF team to engage on CRF issues across the U.S. regions via the Councils, or other forums where CRF solutions are being sought.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

· Research on fisheries electronic monitoring (EM) technology and emerging national standards for its application, climate vulnerability frameworks and fishery management plans (FMPs) and associated regulatory programs

· Work collaboratives with CRF, National Policy, Oceans Technology Solutions team, and others in support of deliverables

· Review analytical documents, prepare policy/report briefings and summaries for communications content

· Monitor CRF/EM policy activity at regional and national levels as needed

· Help draft compelling summaries of project related wins and outcomes

· Provide support to the team in stakeholder meetings or workshops

· 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

Qualifications

· Must be enrolled in Stanford undergraduate or graduate program (environmental science or policy, political affairs with marine emphasis, communications or related discipline preferred)

· Demonstrated interest in ocean conservation, fisheries, climate change issues

· Coursework in anthropology, marine science, political science, legal systems, journalism is a plus

· Experience in conducting research, writing online media content, summarizing conversations to key insights

· Excellent written and oral communication skills.

· Must be well organized, self-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.

· Demonstrates self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

· Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.

 

 


Energy & Industry Initiatives Intern

San Francisco, CA; other EDF US offices considered

Program/Department Overview

EDF’s Energy Transition Team works to bend the curve on global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel production and use by 2030, cleanly and equitably. We will achieve this through a defined set of strategies targeted at 1) reducing emissions from fossil fuel production, delivery, and use, and 2) reducing demand for fossil fuels in power generation, transportation, buildings, and industry. Our approach is focused on seeking reforms in law, regulation, and/or business practice through a mix of strategic corporate partnerships, direct engagement with policymakers, and mobilizing investor and public sentiment in favor of change. In formulating and achieving our strategies, we work across multiple regions (China, Europe, India and the U.S.) and draw on cutting-edge science and rigorous economic analysis, and act on principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to develop durable solutions.

This internship will be part of “Energy and Industry Initiatives,” a new portfolio within the Energy Transition Team that focuses on a range of emerging issues and opportunities for accelerating the transition of polluting industries and sectors into the new clean-economy future.

Overall Function

The Schneider Intern with will provide a high-level of research, analysis, content development and project management to support EDF’s work on alternative fuels (e.g. hydrogen, ammonia, biofuels, etc.), defining the optimal role they can play in the hardest-to-decarbonize sectors (e.g. aviation, shipping, long-haul trucking, heavy industry) and in a healthy, just and equitable net-zero economy.

The Intern will be responsible for conducting an extensive landscape assessment on one or more alternative fuels that spans market trends and forecasts, the policy landscape in major regions of the world, and the net benefits (or costs) from a climate, environmental and human wellbeing perspective. Collaborating with experts from across EDF and our partner organizations (including scientists, engineers, policy experts, economists, and communicators),

the Intern will develop a series of recommendations to inform EDF’s policy positions and support the development of our internal strategy and public-facing contributions to this rapidly evolving discipline, including testimony to government agencies, white papers and reports, presentations and briefings for industry and other key stakeholder groups, and EDF blogs, webpages, proposals and other communication channels.

Given the emerging nature of this new project, the Intern will have the opportunity to co-create their work plan to best support their own interests and EDF’s needs.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

· Conducting research on global market trends, the global policy landscape and a range of technical and social issues related to alternative fuels. This will include conducting formal literature reviews using scholarly databases, as well as market research from industry data sources.

· Analyzing datasets to derive additional insights.

· Developing written and visual content for multiple purposes (presentations, testimony, reports, etc.)

· Presenting research results internally and to partners organizations.

· Drafting recommendations and proposed standards to inform EDF’s decision-making and strategy development.

· Participating in advancing EDF’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental challenges in alignment with EDF values.

Final workplan to be developed based on the Intern’s interests, background and career aspirations.

Qualifications

· Must be enrolled in Stanford undergraduate or graduate program and ongoing coursework in a related environmental or sustainability field, such as environmental policy, economics, engineering, physical or social sciences or management. Interested candidates from a variety of academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

· A high degree of comfort with absorbing and synthesizing extensive research across a wide variety of disciplines (from the physical sciences to engineering to social sciences to public health).

· Solid analytical skills and the ability to analyze datasets and produce data-driven insights, using Excel or other languages or applications (e.g. R, Python, SAS).

· Basic proficiency in producing graphs, charts, maps, and other visuals to communicate research findings using data-visualization tools and applications.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills.

· Must be well organized and detail-oriented, with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.

· Ability to work in both a highly collaborative team setting and independently to complete projects.

· Demonstrated 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.

· A passion for solving environmental problems and accelerating the transition to a just clean- energy economy.

 

 


State Policy & Analysis Intern

Washington, D.C. 

Program/Department Overview

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) works to promote ambitious market-based climate policies around the globe with a focus on the top-emitting countries and sectors, as well as those projected to rise the most in the future -- including in North America, where we have championed California's cap-and-trade program and work to increase the ambition of federal policy; in Latin America, where we work to reduce emissions from tropical deforestation; in India, where we promote low-carbon rural development; and at the international level, including in the aviation and shipping sectors and in UN negotiations.

The U.S. state team works to secure the adoption and implementation of state climate policies designed to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas pollution consistent with scientific recommendations while improving outcomes for communities most disproportionately harmed by air pollution and climate impacts.

Overall Function

EDF's U.S. state team seeks an intern to provide critical research, analysis, and coordination to support our efforts to accelerate understanding of and investment in state-level climate solutions. The intern will conduct policy analysis to inform our advocacy as we work to secure policies that reduce greenhouse gas pollution, including by helping to research the latest developments in state-level carbon pricing programs to inform EDF advocacy and strategy. The intern will provide support for EDF's efforts to provide innovative, compelling analysis to inform the design and implementation of robust market-based climate policies and reduce local air pollution, especially in communities overburdened by such pollution. They will conduct policy analysis, summarize relevant research reports, and attend public meetings to help shape and support EDF's positions and advocacy and inform decision-making by government policymakers, private investors, business leaders, and other stakeholders. This work will support efforts to reduce climate pollution and develop a clean energy economy.

The intern will report to the Senior Analyst, U.S. Climate Policy. They will work with other analysts, scientists, and policy specialists across the Climate program and throughout EDF as well as within academia and other partner organizations.

Key Responsibilities

· Perform literature reviews and find, analyze and synthesize scientific, economic, and policy information for EDF's work on state climate policy.

· Support a range of quantitative analyses and to inform and demonstrate the design and implementation of high-integrity market- and incentive-based policies and financing strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

· Develop and deploy analytical tools designed to inform EDF's internal thinking on high-integrity programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

· Write and prepare papers, technical reports, policy briefs, and communications materials (including analyses, fact sheets, answers to specific queries, and other information as needed), in close coordination with relevant EDF staff.

· Respond to "rapid-response" queries relating to carbon pricing and other state-level climate policies issues from internal sources and work with EDF Communications staff to help develop and fact-check reports and other materials for general and specific audiences on a variety of topics.

· Present analysis and findings through clear and compelling oral presentations to internal audiences and/or partners at other organizations outside EDF (e.g. universities, outside contractors, other NGOs, indigenous and local community organizations).

· Apply excellent organizational, communication and planning skills in preparing correspondence and reports, responding to requests for information and helping to coordinate activities among staff members.

· 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.

Qualifications

· Must be enrolled in Stanford undergraduate or graduate program in economics, environmental science, or other field with strong quantitative methods.

· Previous internship experience in and/or demonstrated interest in climate or other environmental issues preferred.

· Strong quantitative skills; ability to conduct quantitative analysis using Microsoft Excel; data management and analysis skills (e.g., using R) is a plus.

· 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

· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and prioritize assignments.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills.

· Ability to work both independently and as a member of a small team in a fast-paced, dynamic, and creative environment.

 


Vehicle Electrification Policy Intern

New York, San Francisco, Sacramento or Los Angeles

Program/Department Overview

The Policy Intern will work within the Economics and Global Climate Cooperation (EGCC)group preferably in our office in San Francisco or Manhattan, or remote if offices remain closed due to pandemic restrictions. The EDF EGCC program is comprised of economics and analysts who support all of EDF’s programmatic initiatives. Specifically, the Policy Intern will work with experts intent on electrifying transportation, with a focus on buses and trucks.

Transportation, already a major source of greenhouse gases (GHGs), is expected to be the largest source of new emissions through 2050. Over 80% of the growth in transportation emissions will be from modes associated with freight movement: ships, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) and aviation. MHDVs account for nearly 60% of these new emissions and are projected to rival light-duty vehicles as the largest source of transportation GHGs by 2050. Heavy transportation also results in serious air-quality impacts to human health. In 2015, 385,000 premature deaths resulted globally from air pollution associated with transportation, with on-road diesel vehicles accounting for half of this impact – by far the largest contributor.

EDF’s goal is that by 2030, 30% of new MHDV sales in the U.S., Europe and China are electric, putting us on a pathway toward achieving our 2050 vision. Our initiatives have begun in New York, Los Angeles, and Houston. EDF is leading a consortium of northeast states planning for transportation electrification, and new opportunities to support EDF initiatives will arise from Federal leadership, including the Biden Administration investment in EV charging infrastructure. By partnering with commercial fleet operators in these cities and demonstrating the viability, cost-effectiveness, and environmental benefits of electrifying transportation we can start to work towards this goal.

Overall Function

The overarching function of this internship will be to conduct research and analytics to help to accelerate the uptake of MHDV from public and private fleet owners, and to provide thought leadership on new opportunities and challenges associated EV policies and practices. One core research project will be to support a research paper on strategies to minimize the cost of powering electric fleets. Specifically, the Policy Intern will help to develop an economic representation of opportunities for buses and trucks to be charged strategically such that they provide minimize energy bills and provide revenue from vehicle-to-grid and other energy services.

Another critical responsibility of the Policy Intern will be to construct a knowledge management architecture to receive data from in-use operations of EVs, and then to gather data. As EDF partners with fleet operators, such data will be increasingly available to use in updating our economic and environmental analyses. The goal is to document public and private fleet experiences, and to use those experiences to update our own understanding of EVs in terms of the policies we support and the calculations we do.

As well, the Policy Intern will summarize the economic dimensions of policy proposals, conducting quantitative analyses using EDF tools, including, but not limited to, a Total Cost of Ownership comparison tool, lifecycle emissions calculator, and the assessment of the payback periods for transitioning to EVs. Lastly, the Intern will be providing support as EDF evaluates and engages policy proposals at the state and federal levels.

The Intern will have the opportunity to synthesize data gathered into research memos and associated communications materials, such as blogs and fact sheets, and to collaborate with the team, participate on calls, attend relevant webinars, and to engage with industry stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

· Provide support to the team in various research and analytical capacities, specifically to help the EDF team engaging in MHDV policymaking.

· Support a research paper documenting strategies for fleets to minimize EV charging costs.

· Conduct research and evaluation of policies to electrify MHD vehicles, to catalog BEV products and corporate commitments related to transportation electrification. Primary research methods will be literature review, data gathering and analysis, engaging with industry stakeholders, and data gathering and analysis.

· Participate in team calls and meetings

· Synthesize findings in research memos and associated communications materials

· Participates 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

Qualifications

· Highly proficient in excel and firm analytical capabilities; modeling experience preferred

· Must be enrolled in Stanford undergraduate or graduate program; relevant coursework that enables analytic capabitlies desired

· Motivated to learn a lot and dig into new material

· Demonstrated interest in transportation

· Firm understanding of energy systems and climate change

· Basic understanding in air quality assessment and management with respect to National Ambient Air Quality Standards

· Must be able to work independently and in a fast-paced team environment

· Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented

· Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines

· Ability to work in a team 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

· Excellent written and oral communication skills

Eligibility

Eligibility: 

For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.

Undergraduates and graduate students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities.


Requirements: 

Selected Fellows are expected to begin service by June 20, 2022 for a summer fellowship. All fellows are required to work with their community partners full-time for twelve consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows may be required to work remotely depending on the forthcoming University policies. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:

Quarter before fellowship

  • Complete an online program orientation.
  • Complete Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop or worksheet.
  • Attend Schneider Fellows cohort session(s)
  • Design a personal learning plan and share the learning plan with site supervisor and academic mentor.

During fellowship

  • Submit a brief preliminary report.
  • Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.

Quarter after fellowship

  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating fellowship experiences.
  • Participate in outreach activities to share the experience and help publicize the program.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is available at the Haas Center to help students develop their applications.

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate

  • an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
  • prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
  • a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge

Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by our partner organizations with the intention to award fellowships within six weeks of the application deadline. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.

When

Summer

Location

United States

Deadline

January 19, 2022 | 11:59 PM
* This Application Deadline has passed

Open To

Undergraduates
Co-term
Graduate Students

Contact

Offered By

Haas Center for Public Service
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