Do you want to make a difference protecting and restoring the abundance of the oceans? Do you have a strong interest in Congress, politics, and the federal policy-making process? Join a dedicated team of professionals who are working to protect our oceans, which play a critical role in reducing the impacts of climate change, feeding a growing global population, and supporting the livelihoods of coastal communities that depend on healthy oceans.
Founded in 2001, Oceana is the world’s largest nonprofit organization focused solely on restoring the resilience and abundance of the ocean. We achieve measurable change by conducting science-based policy campaigns with fixed clearly articulated goals and deadlines.
The Policy Intern will work closely with Oceana’s federal policy team in support of Oceana’s campaigns in the United States. The intern will assist our advocacy and government relations activities to block expanded offshore oil drilling, defend ocean conservation laws, ban the sale of shark fins, protect marine mammals, and deter illegal fishing through transparency. Responsibilities will include policy research; attending congressional hearings and internal strategy sessions; tracking legislation; assisting with outreach to Congress, the Administration, and stakeholders; and helping to organize Capitol Hill events and lobby days.
The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree; knowledge or interest in ocean conservation; strong interest in politics and the federal policy-making process; excellent attention to detail; and excellent research, writing, and communication skills. Experience in government or advocacy (either volunteer or paid) is preferred.
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Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.