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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2021
One Time Opportunity


Carrie Young

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

Job Title: Emerging Technologies Intern
Program/Department: Oceans Program
Reports to: Chris Cusack

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/Department Overview

Healthy oceans are the lifeblood of our planet. But they’re in peril – from climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction and other threats. That’s why EDF’s Oceans program is working to safeguard the oceans and protect nature, while feeding the planet, creating more secure livelihoods and bolstering more equitable societies for human well-being. One of the greatest threats to the oceans is overfishing, which is why our dedicated team of scientists, economists and fishery management experts are collaborating with partners around the globe to make sustainable fishing the norm. Through our programs in the U.S., Latin America and Asia Pacific, we draw on strong science and economic principles to advance sustainable fishing practices, forward-looking policies and innovative tools that support the health of our oceans and the people who depend on them for food and their livelihoods.

The Global Initiatives team works to develop and apply tools and approaches that will help spur broader change to improve ocean biodiversity, fisheries and human well-being. The team’s initiatives include developing, testing and scaling technology innovations to address monitoring, enforcement and other business, science and management needs. As part of the Global Initiatives team, 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.

Overall Function

The Emerging Technologies Intern will play a leading role in the design and creation of a public facing tool or set of tools (website, R Shiny application or other), that can help to improve the fluidity of information in the oceans and fisheries technology community. Information, such as capabilities and characteristics of various types of technologies and specific products is not often presented in a useful manner to decision makers. EDF has compiled a significant amount of information that could be disseminated to the fisheries community but we are yet to develop a strategy for doing so. The Emerging Technologies Intern will be responsible for designing and executing a strategy for disseminating existing and new information widely to the fisheries and oceans community. The end product will be the launch of the public facing tool or set of tools.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop a public facing tool or set of tools for disseminating structured information to the fisheries community.
  • 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.


All EDF Internships are currently remote.


10 weeks


Full-time, 35 hours per week


This internship is supported by the Atkinson Internship Program at Cornell University. 

Application Materials

Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to the EDF application.