Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2020
One Time Opportunity

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

Job Title: Emerging Technologies Intern
Program/Department: Oceans

Are you interested in exploring a career at an internationally-recognized environmental organization? By joining EDF as an Intern, you too can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life. EDF’s Internship Program welcomes intellectually hungry leaders to join us, advance our work, and cultivate the skills and relationships needed for a successful career working for the environment. Alumni of our Internship Program have gone on to important leadership positions, most notably our own President, Fred Krupp. Could you be the next Fred Krupp? 

EDF offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of programs and departments throughout the organization. The ultimate goal of our internship and fellowship program is to provide high-quality experiences (including relevant projects and opportunities for networking) that form the foundation for any individual who is serious about pursuing an environmental career. 

Program Overview 

EDF’s Oceans Program works to make sustainable fishing the norm through its programs in the U.S., Latin America and Asia Pacific. In our lifetimes, we seek to create thriving, resilient oceans that provide more fish in the water, more food on the plate and more prosperous fishing communities, taking into account the effects of climate change. 

EDF’s Smart Boat Initiative identifies opportunities where new and emerging technologies can be used to solve the most important challenges to economic and environmental sustainability facing the world’s fisheries. EDF partners with governments, fishing associations, technology providers and EDF project staff in the U.S., Latin America and the Asia Pacific region to tackle these challenges head on. 

The Emerging Technologies Intern will play a key role in supporting the Smart Boat Initiative team with identifying new and emerging technological solutions to contemporary fishery challenges and making assessments of potential impacts in line with EDF’s strategic goals and objectives. The intern will work with the team to undertake a scoping process aimed at identifying pilot projects in EDF’s key geographies that have a high probability of success in using technological solutions for fisheries management. The intern will also facilitate the transfer of knowledge between the Smart Boat Initiative, EDF Oceans and the global community of fishery stakeholders through assisting team leads in producing blogs, webinars and written reports.

Key Responsibilities:

•    Following intake discussions with supervisor to assess skills, interests, and career path, select focal project(s) and develop work plan with milestones and desired outputs.
•    Conduct a landscape analysis outlining the use of certain types of digital technologies to solve fishery challenges globally.
•    Advance research on the types of promising new and emerging technologies that have, and have not yet, been applied to contemporary fishery challenges and their potential impact.
•    Identify ways that fishermen can benefit from using technology to collect fisheries information. For example, identify alternative uses of oceanographic data that may be collected as part of a fisheries monitoring program.
•    Prepare reports, interactive maps, case studies and other materials to document findings.
•    Collaborate with the Smart Boat Initiative team members to provide resources and education to the Oceans Program team on these topics through trainings, presentations, fact sheets and other methods.
•    Participate in team meetings and check-ins to solicit input and gauge progress.

10 weeks during the summer

Full-time (35 hours per week)


Application Materials
Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume through the application portal at the link provided.