Employment Opportunity: Policy Intern | Oceana
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Policy Intern

General Summary

Oceana seeks an intern who can start in May 2019 to work closely with Oceana’s federal policy team in support of Oceana’s U.S. campaigns. This is a paid internship. Oceana prefers that interns be available to work 40 hours a week for 3-6 months in the Washington, D.C. headquarters. Oceana accepts interns who receive academic credit for their internship. Both recent graduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

The intern will assist our advocacy and government relations work to stop expanded offshore oil drilling, defend ocean conservation laws, ban trade in shark fins, protect marine mammals, and deter illegal fishing through transparency. The intern will have opportunities to attend congressional hearings, briefings, meetings, and other events and network with environmental advocates.

Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree

Skills and knowledge:

  • Political knowledge or experience, at local, state or federal level
  • Strong interest in Congress, politics and the regulatory and policymaking   process
  • Excellent research, writing, and phone/email communication skills
  • Great computer skills and experience managing databases
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong desire to learn
  • Ability to work independently on discrete projects
  • Knowledge and interest in ocean and other conservation issues
  • Excellent attention to detail


To Apply: Be aware that your cover letter is viewed as a writing sample, and please explain why your experience is a good fit for this position. Also include the dates you are available.

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.

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