Do you want to begin a career in academic or policy research? Are you interested in contributing to impactful, balanced research that is aimed at improving environmental, energy and natural resource decisions? A summer research internship with Resources for the Future (RFF) might be right for you. RFF has several openings for our 2020 summer internship program; you can access the application here.The RFF summer internship program provides an opportunity for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and early career professionals to prepare for careers that engage in academic and policy-relevant research. Our research internships are paid, 10 weeks, and located in Washington, DC
Candidates should display strong writing skills and a desire to understand 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 10 weeks in length, with a preferred start date of June 1st and end date of August 7th. To meet individual needs, some flexibility with the beginning and ending dates is possible.
Salary and Benefits
Summer interns are paid $15 an hour for a 35-hour work week. Housing assistance is not provided.
All applications must be submitted electronically. Please fill out the application and supplemental questions and upload the following, beginning the name of each file with your last name:
- A cover letter that explains your interest in and how your qualifications match to a specific opening(s). We do our best to match the research interests and career goals of our top applicants to the needs of RFF research projects.
- Resume summarizing your qualifications for the position
- Copy of your post-secondary academic transcript(s) (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at this stage)
- A writing sample of three to five pages from a recent paper (excerpts are acceptable)
- The name, address, phone number and email information for two references