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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: Recreational Fisheries Governance Intern
Program/Department: Oceans Program
Reports to: Sepp Haukebo

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 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 creating management models for recreational fishing that enhance alignment with conservation goals. The goal of this project is to improve understanding of recreational fisheries governance and management in key geographies in the Caribbean as well as across the region, highlighting successful strategies as well as current gaps. This work will ultimately help create management models for recreational fishing that enhance alignment with conservation goals, helping place recreational fisheries at the forefront of sustainable management in tropical geographies.

Overall Function

The primary function of this project is to lead EDF and regional partners in an analysis of existing fisheries governance in select countries in the Caribbean, with a specific focus on recreational fisheries management. The intern will perform online research as well outreach to fisheries stakeholders to identify conservation and fisheries management needs in specific countries as well as across the region. The final work product is a report that describes the findings from these research and stakeholder engagement activities with a clear roadmap that outlines next steps for EDF and other stakeholders in the region. This opportunity will provide experience at the intersection of science, policy, and economics given the importance of all three areas in developing and managing recreational fisheries.

Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Conduct literature and policy research to identify existing fisheries governance structures and recreational fisheries management efforts in select geographies within the Caribbean.
  • Attend internal trainings and become proficient in using EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center (FSC) tools which have been designed to aid in this process. Provide feedback to the FSC regarding areas of improvement in making these tools relevant to recreational fisheries governance and management.
  • Collaborate with supervisor to develop a work plan with milestones and desired outputs.
  • Work directly with the Senior Manager, Global Fisheries Initiatives, who leads our recreational fisheries projects, and select partners in key Caribbean geographies to identify and engage stakeholders that can inform the analysis.
  • Organize and facilitate stakeholder engagement sessions through social media, digital meeting platforms (Zoom and Skype), and phone calls.
  • Prepare final report with recommendations on next steps and case studies to document findings.
  • Present to the Oceans Program team on these topics
  • 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 EDF’s San Francisco 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.