Employment Opportunity: Nonprofit Governance Intern, Fall 2019 | Oceana
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Nonprofit Governance Intern, Fall 2019


About Oceana and the Assistant General Counsel

Oceana is an international organization that focuses solely on oceans and is dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting scientific, fact-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.  These campaigns are primarily national, and at times international.  The campaigns are led by teams of dedicated and talented scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates focused on measuring and achieving tangible results for the oceans.

The Assistant General Counsel (“AGC”) provides senior management with effective advice on organizational strategies and their implementation, advice on legal compliance and legal risk, and retains outside counsel and oversees their work.

General Summary

Oceana seeks an intern to assist the AGC with nonprofit governance tasks.  The Nonprofit Governance Intern position is designed for a current student in a Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master in Nonprofit Management (MNM), or Master of Public Administration (MPA) track.  The Nonprofit Governance Intern will be provided work experience commensurate with the student’s skills in a variety of aspects of the Law Department’s work.

Intern during spring and fall semesters are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours/week for 10 weeks with a preference for 15-20 hours/week or in accordance with any externship program requirements. Intern during the summer are expected to work full time (40 hours/week) for a minimum of 10 weeks with a preference for 12 weeks or in accordance with any externship program requirements.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

The Nonprofit Governance Intern works closely with the Assistant General Counsel (“AGC”) and the Law Department.  The Intern may be responsible for the following:

  • Assisting the AGC in developing organizational policies and procedures relating to governance and compliance;
  • Performing research on legal matters related to business transactions;
  • Supporting the AGC in areas of legal compliance and risk management;
  • Assisting the AGC on matters related to advocacy campaigns; and
  • Other duties assigned based on skill set of intern and prior experience with subject matter areas

Examples of tasks might include:

  • Review contracts and contract templates
  • Perform research on issues related to tax, fundraising, intellectual property, marketing or insurance
  • Conduct legal analysis on transactions related to consultant agreements or licensing

Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

Enrollment in one of the following degree programs: J.D., Master of Nonprofit Management, Master of Public Administration, or equivalent program.  If pursuing a J.D., applicant must be enrolled in an ABA-approved law program.  Pursuing a dual degree J.D. / Nonprofit Management or the equivalent preferable.

Other Qualifications:

  • Interest in corporate / nonprofit governance;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Adaptable to changing plans in a dynamic work environment;
  • Maturity to support a team effort;
  • Strong work ethic;
  • Good judgment;
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills;
  • Ability to take initiative and be creative in suggesting and implementing ways to accomplish Oceana’s goals; and,
  • Computer literacy and ability to use latest technologies in operation in current modern office environments.


  • Academic Credit: Oceana welcomes applications from students in externship programs or work-study programs for academic credit;
  • Third-Party Funding: Oceana welcomes students who receive funding from school or other sources; or
  • Pay: Hourly wage is commensurate with level of experience.

Application Instructions

Please include a cover letter, resume, unofficial or official transcript from your current university and undergraduate transcript, a writing sample (legal memo or brief preferred), and three references. Please include all documents in one searchable .pdf file. Please place ‘Nonprofit Governance Intern’ in the subject line of the email.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.



Oceana Law Department Hiring Manager

Washington, D.C.

Subject line of email: Nonprofit Governance Intern

E-mail: legalhiring@oceana.org

Deadline May 31, 2019


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.