Summer Internship in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality

Location: Washington, DC or Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dates of the internship (flexible – preferably at least 10 weeks)


Contact information: Sharyn Lie, [email protected], 202-564-1092


Please send cover letter and resumes to [email protected]


Position description:

This position resides in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Air & Radiation (OAR), Office of Transportation & Air Quality (OTAQ), Transportation and Climate Division (TCD), Climate & Economics Modeling Center (CEMC).  CEMC has offices in both Washington, D.C. and Ann Arbor, Michigan. This internship could be in either location.

OTAQ conducts the Federal government’s principal programs to control air pollution from motor vehicles. The Office’s primary responsibilities include developing national regulatory programs to reduce mobile source related air pollution; evaluating emission control technology; testing vehicles, engines and fuels; and determining compliance with Federal emissions and fuel economy standards. Its subordinate divisions are individually responsible for providing these services through a variety of testing, monitoring, research, and certification of vehicles, engines, and fuels, and by developing rules, regulations and standards for the various emission reduction, control and enforcement acts.  OTAQ is divided geographically between two locations: the National Vehicle and Fuel Emissions Laboratory (NVFEL) in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

CEMC is responsible for performing economic and technical analyses of the potential fuel and vehicle pathways for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, identifying and evaluating various policy options, and developing economy-wide modeling tools for transportation analyses and determination of life cycle GHG impacts of transportation fuel pathways.  This summer internship would focus on one or more of the following projects, depending on the intern’s interest and strengths:

  • Consider the impact of agricultural best practices on biofuel lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Quantify a range of potential emissions savings (e.g., applying USDA climate building blocks on biofuel lifecycle GHGs).
  • Evaluate the opportunity cost of using a scarce resource such as agricultural land for producing biofuels rather than sequestering carbon through afforestation.
  • Conduct a retrospective analysis of global land use change using reported or satellite data and quantify the GHG impacts of those changes.

Summer housing in Washington DC is available through George Washington University: