Protected Species Campaign Intern, Washington DC

Protected Species Campaign Intern, WASHINGTON DC

The Protected Species Campaign Intern works closely with the science, policy, communications, and grassroots teams in support of Oceana’s Responsible Fishing (RF) campaigns to save the North Atlantic right whale, defend the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and ban the sale of shark fins in the U.S. The Intern is responsible for coordinating project and event logistics, tracking congressional actions, maintaining a record of campaign progress toward goals, performing data analysis as needed, and conducting outreach to build support for campaign objectives. The Intern also performs research and drafts communications materials, including internal memos, fact sheets, and sign-on letters. The Protected Species Campaign Intern reports directly to the RF Ocean Advocate and assists in general campaign planning.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities Essential Functions:

• Support the RF Ocean Advocate in the development and implementation of campaign goals, strategies, tactics and materials.
o Draft communications materials for the team, including internal memos, fact sheets, and sign-on letters.
o Compile materials for the RF Ocean Advocate and Marine Scientist to be used in external meetings and outreach.
o Organize campaign planning meetings and other events, such as guest presentations and attendance at conferences.
o Maintain a record of budgetary status, campaign progress and materials, and milestones toward goals so that the RF Campaign Director and the development team can effectively report to funders.
• Prepare summaries of external reports, meeting notes, coalition calls, congressional hearings, and other information sources to deliver to the campaign team and help integrate them into campaign plans.
• Report congressional and media activity to the team related to the North Atlantic right whale, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, shark and marine mammal conservation, bycatch reduction technologies, and other responsible fishing topics.
• Coordinate closely with Field Team Organizers to build support for campaign objectives in key districts and attend events as needed.
• Identify and develop non-traditional allies for the campaigns. This includes managing external relationships and initiating outreach with scientists, NGOs, businesses, and organizations.

Job Requirements Education and work experience:

• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution in environmental science/policy, marine biology, political science, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• One year of campaign work experience is a plus.

Skills and knowledge:

• Strong writing and communication skills, particularly the ability to synthesize complex information into simple, publicly digestible material.
• Ability to effectively collaborate across multiple teams and departments while juggling multiple tasks at once.
• Capable of thinking strategically and identifying external engagement opportunities.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Experience completing projects under tight deadlines and effectively managing a demanding workload, multi-tasking and taking on new projects.
• Secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently.


• ACTION ORIENTED: Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.
• INSTILLS TRUST: Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
• EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION: Can deliver messages in a clear, compelling and concise manner. Actively listens, checks for understanding and adjusts content and style to meet the needs of different stakeholders.
• COLLABORATES: Brings people together to leverage their skills, talents and knowledge to achieve a common purpose.
• NIMBLE LEARNING: Takes on the challenge of unfamiliar tasks. Can quickly adapt to new situations and draw on past successes and failures to solve current problems.
• DEMONSTRATES SELF-AWARENESS: Can assess his/her own capabilities and connect how they are perceived by others with how they see themselves. Is observant and gains insights from experiences. Proactively seeks feedback.

Internships are paid, full-time in our Washington, DC office for a minimum of three months. 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 application. Also include the dates you are available.

“Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.”