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Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2023
One Time Opportunity


Beth Fox

Cornell Affiliations:

Atkinson Center

Off-campus partner:

Environmental Defense Fund


Opportunity Description

(Important: please see the Requirements tab of this posting to ensure that you submit all necessary application materials.)

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.

Job Title: Atkinson Intern, Fishery Performance Research
Program/Department: Fishery Solutions Center (FSC)

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 Climate Resilient Fisheries and 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.
EDF’s Fishery Solutions Center (FSC) is a multidisciplinary team that provides climate-resilient fisheries science and policy advice, engages stakeholders in participatory decision making, and delivers innovative tools and training to champion healthy oceans that sustain the planet, feed the world, alleviate poverty and support fishers and their communities.

Overall Function
The intern will support the FSC’s role in serving as a global hub for knowledge and resources on sustainable and climate-resilient fisheries. They will play a key role in strengthening EDF’s knowledge of fisheries’ biological, ecological and socioeconomic performance, with a focus on trends in rights-based fishery management programs (also called secure fishing rights or catch shares) and the impacts of climate change on fishery performance. The intern will synthesize information from peer-reviewed literature, relevant fishery reports and interviews into EDF’s fishing rights database, summary memos, case studies and other communications materials. The intern’s research will support the EDF Climate Resilient Fisheries and Oceans team in providing policy and management guidance to United States and global audiences that is based on scientific information and practical experiences. The intern will report to Director of Resilience Solutions.