• Coastal Policy Intern

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  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Marine and coastal birds are in steep decline due to climate change, development, overfishing, and pollution and the numbers are stark. Globally, seabird populations have decreased by 70 percent since 1950 and in North American alone, shorebird populations have decreased by 70 percent since 1973. Audubon’s coastal program is working to reverse this crisis in four ways:

    1. Coastal Resilience: Rebuilding and strengthening coastlines to restore bird habitat and protect communities from the effects of climate change by promoting nature-based policies and projects, or “natural infrastructure,” which create undisturbed habitat for birds and other wildlife, save taxpayer dollars, and safeguard communities from storms.
    2. Gulf Restoration: Engaging communities to ensure a healthy and vibrant future for the birds, other wildlife, and Gulf communities in the aftermath and rebuilding period after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
    3. Marine Conservation: Defending and supporting policies that protect seabird prey and working to restore, protect, and create new seabird sanctuaries and marine protected areas.
    4. Coastal Stewardship: Recruiting leaders and volunteers who are dedicated to reducing the threats posed to beach-nesting birds through advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation.

    Position Summary

    Audubon’s coastal program seeks a current college student to intern in our Washington, DC office, to work on coastal resilience and marine conservation policy. The intern will work on various research, outreach, and creative projects to advance our coastal program’s goals, which include education, outreach, and influencing decision makers. MUST be able to receive college credit.

    Essential Functions

    This intern will contribute to the goals of the coastal program in a variety of ways, with many opportunities to dive deeper into projects based on interest and needs.



    • Gather and analyze information about priority policy issues, 
    • Prepare briefing materials and develop public presentation skills, 
    • Conduct policy research and track bills moving through Congress and policy and regulatory issues moving through the Administration, 
    • Write letters to support, improve, or oppose policies moving through Congress or the Administration, 
    • Attend congressional hearings, and accompany Audubon policy staff on visits to congressional offices, 
    • Represent Audubon with other environmental groups and participate in coalition activities, 
    • Gain exposure to Audubon’s grassroots outreach programs and methodology, and
    • Plan engagement events for Members of Congress. 

    This full-time internship will take place during the spring semester or quarter (dates are flexible) and requires college class credit.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Strong oral and written communication skills; well organized.
    • Strong work ethic with exceptional organizational skills and an eye for details.
    • A current student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science, marine biology or science, conservation biology, climate change, environmental studies, social sciences, communications and/or social change.
    • Adaptable and versatile; able to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
    • Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word.
    • Experience or a willing to learn InDesign or other creative software.
    • Genuine interest in conservation, the mission of the National Audubon Society, and social and environmental justice.
    • Having speaking proficiency in Spanish or another language other than English is a bonus.
    • Understanding of GIS or other mapping software a bonus.
    • People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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