Employment Opportunity: Policy Intern | Oceana USA

Policy Intern

General Summary

Oceana is an international organization that focuses solely on oceans, and is dedicated to achieving measurable change by conducting scientific, fact-based campaigns with fixed deadlines and articulated goals.  Oceana is dedicated to its advocacy on behalf of oceans and channels its resources to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance.  These campaigns are regional and international, led by teams of dedicated and talented scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates focused on measuring and achieving tangible results for the oceans.

Oceana seeks a Policy Intern to work closely with Oceana’s government relations team in support of our advocacy work. The intern will assist on a variety of projects including researching, writing, and editing. There may be opportunities to accompany staff to congressional meetings, attend congressional hearings and other events, and network with other environmental advocates.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Political knowledge or experience, at local or federal level
  • Excellent research, writing, and phone/email communication skills
  • Great computer skills and experience managing databases
  • Ability to work effectively in a team effort
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong desire to learn
  • Ability to work independently on discrete projects
  • Knowledge and interest in environmental and ocean issues
  • Strong interest in politics and the policymaking process
  • Strong attention to detail

Oceana prefers that interns be available to work 40 hours a week for 3-6 months in the Washington, D.C. headquarters. This is a paid internship. Oceana accepts interns who receive academic credit for their internship. Both recent graduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply. 


How to apply: 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed periodically. Our internships do not always align with the academic calendar. Be aware that your cover letter is viewed as a writing sample and please highlight why your experience is a good fit for this position. Also include the dates you are available.

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