Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Federal Affairs Internship with the Wildlife Conservation Society

Position description

This internship is designed to provide experience in legislative affairs,  conservation policy, and the Congressional appropriations process.  The intern will gain experience in shaping environmental policy to protect wildlife and natural resources on a global scale, while learning about the legislative process first-hand. Possible topics for projects include combating wildlife trafficking, federal funding for international conservation, ocean conservation, and endangered species conservation.  

This internship is unpaid.  [Students interested in academic credit should check with their departmental or college internship course contact.] Interns will telework for the duration of office closures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, which is headquartered at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. WCS’s Federal Affairs office is an interface between our conservation experts and policy decision-makers in Washington, D.C. [The internship is DC-based.]

Objectives:
  • Help track developments in Congress and relevant Federal Agencies related to wildlife conservation, natural resources management, and foreign policy.
  • Learn to identify potential Congressional allies and environmental policy priorities.
  • Research and analyze legislation related to wildlife conservation, natural resources management, and foreign policy. 
  • Have the opportunity to attend briefings, hearings, and events on Capitol Hill.
  • Learn about and gain experience in developing and implementing Congressional engagement strategies, working in coalitions, and the federal budget and appropriations process.

The individual(s) that will gain the most from this experience:

  • Will be working towards earning a Master’s degree with a concentration in political affairs, foreign policy, or natural resources policy or a law student with a strong interest/background in legislation and policy. Advanced undergraduate students and recent graduates will also be considered. 
  • Will have a strong interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, other federal legislative issues, and event planning. 

Application instructions

Apply on the WCS page on Brass RingFor best consideration, apply by April 30.