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Policy Intern

Washington DC

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization that represents our nation’s leading ocean science, research, and technology organizations from academia, industry, and the larger nonprofit sector (to include philanthropy, associations, and aquariums). Our mission is to shape the future of ocean science and technology. In addition to our advocacy role as the voice of the ocean research and technology community, COL manages a variety of community-wide research and education programs in areas of ocean observing, ocean exploration, and ocean partnerships.


The policy internship is designed to further professional development for current or recently graduated students through work with COL’s Public Affairs team. The intern learns about the federal legislative process and becomes more familiar with current science and ocean policy issues. They are responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on relevant bills and legislative hearings; contributing to the policy section of the weekly newsletter; developing information for congressional members and committees; attending hearings and briefings on behalf of COL; maintaining sections of our website; and pursuing other items on COL’s policy agenda. The intern may also have the opportunity to work on projects with other departments and on a variety of educational initiatives.

Location:  Given the ongoing situation around COVID-19, some of these responsibilities will shift to ensure the safety and security of the intern (e.g., not attending hearings in person). For the near future, COL staff are working remotely so the intern may work from any location. There may ultimately be travel to D.C. if appropriate.

Benefits: The intern will be eligible for the following benefits: medical, dental, and vision insurance; holiday pay; accrued sick leave; and a commuting subsidy.

Preference is given to students in good standing at a COL member institution; therefore it is recommended that interested students seek out support for their application from their university’s COL representative via a sponsorship letter. Interested applicants should provide a writing sample (less than three pages long), a cover letter, a C.V. or resume, and a letter of recommendation (or sponsorship letter if applying from a COL member institution) from a university representative or faculty member. Incomplete application packages won’t be considered. Sponsorship and recommendation letters may be sent directly from the reference.

Internships will run for approximately one year, starting in August/September (specific start and end dates are flexible). The deadline for applications is July 24. Individuals who gain interest after the application deadline should contact to inquire about availability.

Application Requirements:

  • a cover letter,
  • a C.V. or resume,
  • a writing sample (must be three pages or less, excerpts allowed),
  • a letter of recommendation (and/or sponsorship letter if applying from a COL member institution) from a university representative or faculty member.

Incomplete application packages and additional materials won’t be considered. All document pages and file names must include applicant’s last name.

For more information or to submit your application materials, contact:

e-mail address:
mailing address: 1201 New York Ave., N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005
phone: (202) 787-1644




Posted June 29, 2020

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