Apply now for: Fall 2013 and Spring 2014
Time commitment: 12 weeks minimum and 15-20 hours per week with occasional weekends and evenings. Full time work will also be considered and school schedules will be accommodated.
***PLEASE NOTE: The application requirements for this position is different than some of our other positions. For the Conservation Policy Internship, please submit a cover letter, resume, and 2 references. Other materials may be required at a later time. ***
The New England Aquarium’s seeks law students and/or graduate students in environmental policy with an interest in ocean conservation to serve as policy intern(s). The intern(s) will support the work of the Aquarium’s Conservation Department as well as various inter-departmental collaborations and external initiatives.Note: Due to the demands of this position, undergraduates will not be considered.
Responsibilities: S/he will help track and identify opportunities for Aquarium engagement on issues related to the institution’s programmatic goals and expertise. S/he will also work with the Sustainable Seafood Program to monitor and evaluate conservation issues with relevance to our corporate partners in order to help catalyze greater corporate support for management and policy reform. Intern(s) may be asked to perform legal and factual research, review and analyze domestic and international laws, policies and initiatives, draft research memoranda, develop strategies for institutional and corporate partner policy engagements, attend fishery management meetings, State and Federal Congressional meetings and hearings, coordinate with NGO colleagues, and participate in meetings with Aquarium staff and/or our corporate partners. The intern(s)’ primary focus will be on issues related to domestic and international marine policy including but not limited to: IUU fishing, seafood fraud and traceability, seafood certification, coastal and marine spatial planning, endangered, threatened and protected species conservation..
Qualifications: Those interested should possess excellent research and writing skills, a solid academic record, the maturity to support a team effort, strong work ethic, sense of initiative and good judgment. Knowledge of and/or experience with fisheries science and management, marine ecology, and/or ocean and coastal law is helpful.
Department Description: Sustainable Seafood Programs
The decline of fish resources in the world’s oceans continues to be a significant global problem. The Aquarium is dedicated to combating these declines and reversing this trend through our Sustainable Seafood Programs by: (1) helping seafood businesses improve the environmental responsibility of their corporate decisions; (2) enhancing consumer awareness and action around issues related to seafood sustainability; and (3) advancing policy solutions to conserve and effectively manage global marine resources. As a world-class aquarium and conservation organization with more than ten years’ experience advising major seafood buyers on seafood sustainability, the Aquarium has and will continue to act as a catalyst for positive change.