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RFF Summer Internship Program

Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent nonprofit organization specializing in research, policy analysis, and public education on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues, offers summer internships for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. Priority consideration is given to graduate students. The program is open to both US and non-US citizens, provided the latter have proper work and residency documentation.

Internships are available beginning in June and ending in late August for a 10-week assignment. To meet individual needs, some flexibility in the beginning and ending dates is possible. Students will earn a stipend ($375 per week for graduate students; $350 per week for undergraduates). Housing assistance is not provided.

Candidates should display strong writing skills and a desire to analyze complex environmental policy problems amenable to interdisciplinary methods. The ability to work without supervision in a careful and conscientious manner is essential.


Each intern can expect to work with one or more RFF researchers on a variety of ongoing projects or assist in the development of entirely new areas of research and policy analysis. Highly motivated candidates in the social and natural sciences with training in economics and quantitative methods, or with a keen interest in public policy, are encouraged to apply.

Students are urged to consult the list of anticipated research projects for summer 2015 before applying to determine if they have a suitable background for those areas.


Students applying for the 2015 internship program should apply directly by March 1, 2015, by submitting: (1) a cover letter specifying project(s) of interest; (2) a resume; (3) a recent transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable); and (4) a brief writing sample (3-5 pages of a recent paper—excerpts are acceptable). The cover letter should be as specific as possible regarding project(s) of interest—reason for the choice(s), related class work or experience, etc. In addition, please provide the name, address, phone number, and email information for two references.

Students will receive electronic notification of receipt of application materials. Candidates selected for a position will be notified by mid-April. For further information, please contact the Internship Coordinator at or 202-328-5008.

RFF is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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