Advocates for Ocean Conservation Intern, Oceans

With world attention on both the environment and the economy, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is where policymakers and business leaders turn for win-win solutions. By focusing on strong science, uncommon partnerships and market-based approaches, we tackle urgent threats with practical solutions. We are one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, with more than two million members and a staff of approximately 630 scientists, economists, policy experts, and other professionals around the world. We operate in 22 geographies with unique projects running across four programs. You will be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and results are a way of life.

Are you interested in exploring a career at an internationally-recognized environmental organization? By joining EDF as an Intern, you too can be part of a vibrant workplace that welcomes diverse perspectives, talents and contributions, where innovation and a focus on results are a way of life. EDF’s Internship Program welcomes intellectually hungry leaders to join us, advance our work, and cultivate the skills and relationships needed for a successful career working for the environment. Alumni of our Internship Program have gone on to important leadership positions, most notably our own President, Fred Krupp. Could you be the next Fred Krupp?


EDF offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of programs and departments throughout the organization. The ultimate goal of our internship and fellowship program is to provide high-quality experiences (including relevant projects and opportunities for networking) that form the foundation for any individual who is serious about pursuing an environmental career.


Oceans Overview

EDF’s Oceans program works around the U.S. and the globe to implement solutions to our oceans greatest issues. We work primarily in fisheries to advance our conservation goals while also ensuring a strong ocean economy in the communities where we work. We pride ourselves on working with user groups, regulators, and policy makers to find the most sustainable, economically viable solutions.


Overall Function

EDF’s Gulf team continues to build relationships with anglers, charter captains, and businesses owners tied to the Gulf of Mexico recreational fishery. These relationships play a key role in advancing conservation-driven reform at the regional and national level. The intern will help lead our development of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy for outreach and advocacy work with these stakeholders. Our DEI strategy will include messaging, identifying grasstop leaders and consultants in this space, advising our digital outreach campaigns, and conducting direct outreach to diverse anglers and business owners in the recreational fishery in the Gulf. The Gulf team will work with the intern to educate them about the current issues in the Gulf and U.S. fisheries, including how we have made progress on reducing overfishing in the Gulf over the last 15 years. We will also mentor the intern in the areas of our expertise including political outreach at the state and national level, scientific research that we are working on to help solve current issues, and our broader Gulf grassroots organizing strategy. We expect that the intern will get opportunities to travel to the coast to assist with direct outreach efforts and to meet existing partners in the fishery.


Key Responsibilities

Tasks will include but are not limited to:


  • Research other organizations in the Gulf and US that focus on DEI in outdoor activities, including recreational fishing. Identify best practices that these companies and organizations have used to promote DEI, recommend which groups could be a good fit for EDF to partner or contract with.
  • Draft a DEI strategy, present to the Gulf of Mexico team, and finalize the strategy for long term use by the Gulf team. This DEI strategy will include both grassroots and grasstops recruitment tactics in the region as well as strategies to maximize effective messaging to state and U.S. representatives in Washington. 
  • Support the Gulf team with crafting messaging that will be used in digital outreach campaigns, social media, newsletters, and printed collateral.



  • Demonstrated interest in marine conservation is desired, interest in fishing is a bonus.
  • Coursework in marine science, political science, and/or communications is also desired.
  • Experience in grassroots organizing is desired but not required.
  • Individual should also be highly personable and willing to speak with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be well organized, motivated, and detail-oriented.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due.
  • Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.
  • A student enrolled in an accredited institution pursuing an Undergraduate or Graduate degree.


Austin, TX



8-10 weeks during the summer



Full-time (35 hours/week)




This is a paid Internship.


Application Materials

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





Environmental Defense Fund is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.