Ocean Leadership Policy Internship, Washington D.C.

Deadline: 28 February (summer semester)/19 June (fall semester)
Open to: current or recently graduated students, preferably in good standing at an Ocean Leadership member institution
Remuneration: $1500 per month


The Consortium for Ocean Leadership offers Washington, DC-based internships for students at Ocean Leadership member institutions. Over the years, interns have come from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines and institutions in the academic and government sectors and have made many valuable contributions to the mission and work of Ocean Leadership.

The policy internship is designed to further professional development for current or recently graduated students by working with Ocean Leadership’s Public Affairs staff.  Each intern will learn about the entire spectrum of Ocean Leadership activities, including involvement in the legislative process, projects with various federal oceanographic agencies, and a variety of educational initiatives.  The intern is responsible for monitoring, analyzing and reporting on relevant bills and legislative hearings, contributing to the advocacy section of the weekly newsletter, developing information for congressional members and committees, attending hearings on behalf of Ocean Leadership, and pursuing other items on Ocean Leadership’s legislative agenda.


The internships are open to current or recently graduated students; preference is given to students in good standing at an Ocean Leadership member institution therefore it is recommended that interested students seek out support for their application from their university’s Ocean Leadership representative via a sponsorship letter.


Internships are available year-round and Ocean Leadership provides a base stipend of $1500 per month. Institutions are encouraged, but not required, to match stipends for a minimum of 2 months and cover intern travel costs to and from DC. The intern’s medical insurance coverage will remain with his or her individual policy or student group health insurance.


Interested applicants should provide a writing sample (less than 3 pages), a cover letter, a C.V. or resume, and a letter of recommendation (or sponsorship letter) from a university representative or faculty member.

Internships typically follow the academic semester schedule, but specific start and end dates are flexible.

  • Summer Semester:  June – August (February 28 application deadline) 
  • Fall Semester:  end of August-December (June 19 application deadline) 

For more information, contact Kassandra Cerveny: 1201 New York Ave., N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005. (202) 448-1227, e-mail: [email protected]

Visit the official website HERE.

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