RFF Summer Research Internship Program

The summer 2018 application period is now closed. RFF will begin accepting applications for summer 2019 in January 2019.

RFF offers summer internships for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. 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.

Topic Areas

RFF will provide a list of anticipated research projects to help applicants determine whether they have a suitable background. 

The project list for summer 2019 will be available in January.

Past project topics


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. 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 individual research project postings below before applying to determine whether they have a suitable background. 

Priority consideration is given to graduate students. The program is open to both US and non-US citizens, provided that the latter have proper work and residency documentation.


Internships are available beginning in mid May and ending in late August for a 10-week assignment. To meet individual needs, some flexibility with the beginning and ending dates is possible.


Summer interns will earn a stipend of $375 per week for graduate students and $350 per week for undergraduates. Housing assistance is not provided.

Application Materials

Individuals interested in applying should submit the following materials through RFF’s online application system:

Students will receive electronic notification of receipt of application materials.