Science & Strategy Intern (paid); Oceana

Job Title: 
Science & Strategy Intern (paid)
Job Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Full-time, 3-months minimum

The Science & Strategy intern supports the design of initiatives to increase government transparency and accountability, builds our knowledge base on international fisheries issues, and helps to manage communications with outside collaborators. She/he needs research experience in political or social science, experience in information management and have a passion for the oceans. She/he works with the Senior Advisor and Chief Scientist to support the development of a global initiative to reform Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and curtail harmful distant water fishing practices. This position also supports the Science and Strategy team in project coordination and responding to research requests.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Essential Functions:

  • Write meeting notes and develop meeting agendas.
  • Coordinate projects and workplans
  • Survey and analyze the academic literature and/or synthesize scientific or technical information for non-technical audiences especially related to topics related to IUU fishing.
  • Create learning materials for a variety of audiences in the form of presentations, factsheets, memos, etc.
  • Support other Science and Strategy team initiatives in the form of research as needed.

Job Requirements
Education and work experience:

  • A bachelor’s degree in international environmental policy, fisheries, marine resource management, political science, international relations or a related field.
  • One to two years of experience in these fields can be substituted for coursework and is subject to scrutiny of the interviewing manager.
  • Experience with assembling, curating and organizing data and resources
  • Experience surveying and analyzing the academic literature, and synthesizing scientific or technical information for non-technical audiences

Skills and knowledge:

  • Possess excellent writing and verbal communications skills
  • Knowledge with citation managers (e.g., EndNote, Zotero) and/or collaborative tools (e.g., Slack, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Project)
  • Demonstrated interest in the oceans or the environment
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings
  • Experience or interest in mediation and process design
  • Possess organized working style and attention to detail
  • Science communication expertise is preferred
  • Additional language competency, such as Chinese or Spanish is preferred.
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