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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: Integrated Ocean Solutions Intern
Program/Department: Oceans Program
Reports to: Rod Fujita

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 Oceans Science Team develops new, cutting-edge research that shows strong fisheries management that reduces overfishing and rebuilds depleted populations will support healthier ocean ecosystems and coastal communities, even under climate change. The Science Team identifies and addresses key knowledge gaps, and then develops the capacity to fill those gaps – including new science partnerships and internal EDF capacity. The team delivers leading scientific thought on sustainable fisheries, advancing a science robust agenda that addresses gaps pertaining to climate-resilient fisheries and other priority topics including food security, integrated ecosystem management and blue carbon. Working hand-in-hand with the other teams within the Oceans Program, the Science Team helps to convert science into innovative, practical management solutions.

Overall Function

Integrated Ocean Solutions accounts for a variety of ecological impacts and strives to minimize conflicts among them while equitably sharing the collective benefits from the Ocean. The Integrated Ocean Soutions Intern will assist the Lead Senior Scientist, Oceans in advancing research on this topic. The Intern will assist with developing approaches to measure positive and negative interactions between the different oceans uses and how trade-offs can be minimized between uses when done in an integrated manner. The Intern will be a fully integrated member of the Oceans Program Science Team, working closely with other EDF staff and participating in weekly team meetings. By the end of the internship, the Intern will have expanded their research skills and will have a deeper understanding of the science behind successful nature based solutions.

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 integrated oceans solutions through literature reviews, database development, expert interviews or other research methods.
  • Research and develop a white paper on how to evaluate integrated ocean solution concepts
  • Participate in emerging research requests as needed and prepare reports, case studies, or other written materials on integrated oceans solutions to document research findings
  • Collaborate 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. The Supervisor for this position is based out of San Francisco, CA office.


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.