Defend Our Future Summer Internship

Academic Credits


Hours per week

Usually between 4 and 10 hours per week



Application Deadline


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United States


Defend Our Future

Summer 2018 Internship

As the Trump Administration continues its assault on climate science and our most basic environmental protections, we need leaders who are ready to stand up and fight for a better world - now more than ever.  That’s why Defend Our Future is mobilizing to fight against this threat to our planet and any and all attempts to eliminate or weaken critical climate action programs. It’s up to us to show our elected leaders - regardless of party - that we will not stand idly by while so much of what we care about is systematically dismantled.

Defend Our Future Summer Interns will play a lead role doing just that. They will work as a student-led team that educates and inspires peers to be leaders in the climate movement.  Summer Interns will engage in quality, face-to-face conversations with peers, visit with Members of Congress, write Letters-to-the-Editor and build strategic community partnerships. In addition, they will help with planning and holding educational events about the climate threat, what is at risk, and what students can do to help in the fight against climate change.

Defend Our Future is a project of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). EDF is one of the world’s largest non-profit environmental organizations whose mission is to find solutions, guided by science and economics, that benefit people and the environment.

Intern Duty Requirements

  • Engage fellow students and young people on the importance of contacting their elected leaders through tabling, crowd canvassing, and phone-banking;
  • List building, data entry and recruitment calls;
  • Assist in planning, executing and recruiting for on-campus and community-based events promoting action on climate change;
  • Conduct volunteer recruitment and outreach to expand the Defend Our Future team;
  • Participate in Defend Our Future social media presence and in online campaigns when applicable;
  • Learn how to write and submit Letter-to-the-Editor and Op-Ed’s to local media;
  • Visit Members of Congress offices and present information on the importance of taking action on climate and environmental issues.


  • Must be a current college student;
  • Be available for at least 10 hours per week;
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to engage large and diverse student populations;
  • Ability to work in and adapt to a fast-moving, team-oriented environment;
  • Familiarity with climate change issues is preferred;

Internships are unpaid with the possibility for course credit.

How To Apply

Please apply online through the application, or email Melissa Davis ( indicating your interest.