Consortium For Ocean Leadership Policy Internship

Consortium for Ocean Leadership Policy Internship


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

The policy internship is designed to further professional development for current or recently graduated students by working with COL’s Public Affairs staff. Each intern will learn about the federal legislative process and become more familiar with current ocean policy related issues. The intern is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on relevant bills and legislative hearings; contributing to the advocacy section of the weekly newsletter and website; developing information for congressional members and committees; attending hearings on behalf of COL; maintaining sections of the COL website; and pursuing other items on COL’s policy agenda. Interns may also have the opportunity to work on projects with other COL departments and on a variety of educational initiatives.

Preference is given to students in good standing at a COL member institution; therefore it is recommended that interested students seek out support for their application from their university’s COL representative via a sponsorship letter. 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 if applying from a COL member institution) from a university representative or faculty member.  Incomplete application packages won’t be considered. Sponsorship and recommendation letters may be sent directly from reference.

COL provides a base stipend of $2,000 per month. Member institutions are encouraged, but not required, to match stipends for a minimum of two months and to cover intern travel costs to and from D.C. The intern’s medical insurance coverage will remain with his or her individual policy or student group health insurance.

Internships will run for approximately one year, starting in August/September (specific start and end dates are flexible). The deadline for applications is June 30. Individuals who gain interest after the application deadline should contact Allison Hays (information below) to inquire about availability.

For more information or to submit your application materials, contact Allison Hays — e-mail address:; mailing address: 1201 New York Ave., N.W., 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005; phone: (202) 787-1644.

Application Requirements:

  • a cover letter,
  • a C.V. or resume,
  • a writing sample (must be three pages or less, excerpts allowed),
  • a letter of recommendation (and/or sponsorship letter if applying from an Ocean Leadership member institution) from a university representative or faculty member. 

Incomplete application packages and additional materials won’t be considered. All document pages and file names must include applicant’s last name.

Also, be sure to check out our “Policy Intern Spotlight” page.