Investments in Natural Infrastructure Intern

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
Raleigh, NC, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Overall Function

The Investments in Natural Infrastructure Intern will provide research support and data analysis to help document progress and advance the program’s strategic goals. The Coastal Resilience program is working to build more resilient coastal communities by promoting the use of natural infrastructure solutions (including wetlands, barrier islands, oyster reefs, etc) in local, state, and federal coastal climate change adaptation strategies. The program is pioneering large-scale adaptation strategies to help communities reduce risk by working with nature and encouraging the development of international guidance for building natural protections to help make coastal communities more resilient in the face of climate change.

The Coastal Resilience team is currently tracking investments to design and implement natural infrastructure projects to reduce coastal risks such as erosion and flooding in Louisiana and now seeks to build a national and international database to assess progress towards this goal. The intern will identify readily available sources of data, devise methods and rules of analysis, and design and populate an initial database for this purpose. Through this work, the intern will gain experience in database development, the variety of natural infrastructure solutions currently available, and major sources of funding for coastal resilience and ecosystem restoration work around the world.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Research on major state and federal programs and other sources of funding for natural infrastructure projects
  • Assess which programs are of appropriate and sufficient size, scope, and transparency for readily identifying annual investment in natural infrastructure
  • Develop a data collection and analysis protocol for assessing investments in natural infrastructure; populate the database
  • Assist with other research requests as needed and as time allows


  • Undergraduate studies in environmental sciences, coastal science, ecology, resource economics, earth science, computer sciences or other related field is required. Coursework in database management, data analysis, and computer science a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience with Excel spreadsheet and database design.
  • Proficiency in other web-based computer applications and standard desktop-based software, including Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in independently developing ideas, researching and pursuing leads, conducting web searches, and querying databases.
  • 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 diverse and geographically dispersed team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in climate adaptation a plus.


Raleigh, NC


8-10 weeks during the summer


Full-time (35 hours/week)


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 or funding 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.

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.