Fishery Solutions Center MIIS Intern

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.

The FiSC sits within EDF’s Oceans Program, and is internationally recognized as a leader in the science, policy and economics of fisheries and in the design of sustainable solutions. Our team helps EDF’s partners and field staff around the world assess the challenges facing their fisheries and develop solutions.  The FiSC is the world?s most comprehensive hub for tools, training and information on sustainable fishing and our experts are dedicated to advancing the cutting-edge of sustainable fisheries management. 

Reports to 

Dr. Rod Fujita, Director Research and Development

Overall Function

Research and writing in support of new initiatives in behavior change and ocean conservation technology development

Key Responsibilities

Research and write a white paper on the development of behavior change interventions to address fishery management challenges, with a focus on a specific target fishery

Interview UX and other researchers to develop interview questions designed to elicit behavioral challenges that impede rapid and timely data transmission from fishing vessels to central government fishery managers in Cuba; work with Cuba team to get the questions answered; and design behavior change interventions

Gather information to critically evaluate potential impediments to uptake of new IUU surveillance technology being developed for Chilean TURFs, and develop mitigation strategies

Support other RAD Team initiatives (e.g., management team requests, fundraising, quick-turnaround queries from regional teams, etc)


  • Demonstrated interest in behavioral research and behavior change intervention design
  • Demonstrated interest in human centered design of new technologies
  • Experience in independent research and writing
  • Coursework in marine policy, fisheries management
  • 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.




MIIS Spring term


Full-time (35 hours/week)

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.