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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2020
One Time Opportunity

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

Job Title: International Fisheries Management Intern
Program/Department: Fishery Solutions Center, Oceans Program
Reports to: Alice Thomas-Smyth & Karly Kelso

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, even with climate change. The Fishery Solutions Center (FSC) designs and develops innovative fishery management tools and strategies that reverse overfishing and restore our oceans to abundance. Our staff of scientists, economists, finance specialists and fishery management experts is dedicated to providing data-driven and incentive-based solutions. From developing innovative data collection programs to designing flexible management plans, we work with conservation groups, fishers and governments around the world that seek new approaches to fishery management; ones through which oceans – and the communities they support – can thrive.

Effective international agreements for fisheries management are critical to deal with changes in production and species distributions that are already resulting from climate change and which will only be exacerbated in the future. The International Fisheries Management Intern will contribute in the advancement of EDF’s work in international cooperative agreements between nations sharing fish stocks that are shifting as a result of climate change. The Intern will be responsible for expanding on previous efforts to estimate the benefits of transferability of fishing rights by sourcing publicly available fisheries data, transforming that data using new cutting-edge methods and creating an analysis to represent a market for transferable fishing rights between nations.

Key Responsibilities - tasks will include but are not limited to:

•    Collect and merge publicly available fisheries data in key regions (e.g. catch, effort, and management data).
•    Synthesize previous research on international cooperative agreements and economic incentives for sustainable management.
•    Develop innovative approaches to enhancing existing data analysis (e.g. approaches to de-aggregate public data).
•    Prepare reports, white papers, memos, case studies, etc. to document findings.
•    Collaborate with the team to provide presentations and other communications on research findings to help inform strategy decisions, including potential expansion of EDF’s work related to international cooperative agreements.
•    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.