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College/School Eligibility:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • Human Ecology

Class Year Eligibility:

  • N/A

Open to:

  • Cornell Undergraduate Students
  • Cornell Graduate/Professional Students

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.
  • Conduct searches and reviews of peer-reviewed literature and reports (e.g., by government agencies) on the performance of rights-based fishery management programs in the United States and internationally.
  • Conduct research and literature reviews on defined research questions related to the impacts of climate change on fishery performance, such as implications of shifting stocks.
  • Support in interviewing fishery experts as appropriate to augement literature research.
  • Synthesize research findings into qualitative and quantitative summaries, and support development of materials to communicate findings to internal and external audiences.
  • Review program information in EDF’s fishing rights database and make updates based on literature review and interviews.
  • Develop topic-based memos, fact sheets, and case studies.
  • Participate in team meetings and check-ins, and function as a fully integrated team member.
  • Participate in advancing EDF Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals in which people from all backgrounds and experiences feel connected, included, and empowered to address the environmental and organizational challenges in alignment with EDF values.


  • Coursework or interest in climate change, fisheries, environmental science, natural resources management, economics, social sciences, international development, or related fields.
  • Awareness of fishery management approaches desirable but not required.
  • Demonstrated research capabilities and ability to synthesize complex information.
  • Detail-oriented and capable of organizing research products and data to ensure quality of research outputs.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team, including with colleagues from different technical and cultural backgrounds, and distributed across multiple geographies.
  • Strong familiarity and comfort using Microsoft Excel; experience with Access databases a plus.
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and stakeholders across diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Hybrid out of San Francisco, CA or U.S. remote (Hybrid means the intern must be physically present in location throughout internship, coming into the office an agreed number of days/week. US Remote means the intern must be physically located in the US while working, for tax/employment based reasons, for the majority of the internship.)

10 weeks

Full time (35 hours/week)

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