Policy Intern - Oceana

Policy Intern

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.  

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 in advocating for policies to end offshore oil drilling, reduce plastic pollution, protect whales and other marine mammals, promote responsible fisheries management, 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. This is a paid internship with a start date in December 2023 or January 2024. 

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 specific, science-based policy campaigns with fixed deadlines and clearly articulated goals.  

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.

Note: Oceana requires all employees to provide proof of vaccination against Covid. Accommodation for new hires who have disabilities that make the vaccine medically inadvisable or those who have a sincere religious belief that the vaccine is impermissible may contact humanresources@oceana.org. Accommodation will be provided only as required by applicable law.

Oceana’s US offices have operated on a hybrid schedule and staff have been required to work from their assigned office on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. With agreement between the employee and their supervisor, the employee may work from home Monday and Friday. Oceana continually evaluates safety protocols and updates our practices on an ongoing basis based on the CDC community level color coding system of green, yellow and red.