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Walter O. Spofford, Jr., Memorial Internship

Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, nonprofit organization specializing in research, policy analysis, and public education on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues, has established the Walter O. Spofford, Jr., Memorial Internship. With Dr. Spofford’s help, the RFF China Program was launched in 1989, and his name became synonymous with RFF’s work in China.



His important contributions include mentoring Chinese researchers; working with Chinese officials to establish environmental standards compatible with sustainable economic growth; assisting in the development of environmental master plans for Beijing, Chongqing, and Shandong; and helping to establish the Beijing Environment and Development Institute (BEDI). To honor and continue this important work, RFF is offering a paid internship for graduate students with a special interest in Chinese environmental issues to spend time at RFF in Washington, DC. Chinese students are particularly encouraged to apply. Students will earn a stipend in the amount of $375/week. No housing assistance is provided.

The 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. RFF seeks highly motivated candidates in their first or second year of graduate training in the social or natural sciences. Candidates should also have outstanding policy analysis and writing skills. Specific information about the research interests of RFF can be found on RFF’s website,

Students wishing to apply for the Walter O. Spofford, Jr., Memorial internship for the summer of 2015 should submit a completed application form available here, a cover letter describing their areas of interest, a resume, and a recent transcript. Applicants must have proof of eligibility to be employed in the United States. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member should be sent directly, by the professor, to RFF. All application materials must be received by February 20, 2015. The cover letter and resume must be uploaded with the application form here. Transcripts and recommendation letters should be sent by email to with the name of applicant in the subject field. Phone: 202.328.5020. Announcement of the award will be made in April.

The program is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, provided the latter have proper work and residency documentation.

Click here to apply.

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

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