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Fall Internship: Conservation Policy & Advocacy
Summary
Title:Fall Internship: Conservation Policy & Advocacy
ID:1344
Department:Internship
Description
Objective
To gain real-world experience in researching conservation public policy issues at various levels of government and in implementing strategic advocacy programs.

Summary
The Conservation Policy and Advocacy Intern will assist with researching the key policy issues for Shedd and understanding the political landscape around these priority areas.

As part of the Policy and Advocacy team, the Intern will be joining the Daniel P Haerther Center for Conservation and Research’s newest department. The team strategically advances Shedd’s conservation policy interests with local, state and federal governments by amplifying our researchers’ work, engaging with policymakers and empowering advocates to act with Shedd.

Responsibilities & Duties
The Conservation Policy and Advocacy Intern will support the team by:

• Demonstrating commitment to Shedd’s vision, mission and values
• Assisting with research that supports Shedd’s strategic objectives to protect aquatic wildlife and their habitat
• Identifying and researching potential new topics for future policy activities and developing an understanding of current policy issues
• Learning how to develop strategic policy briefings for both internal and external use
• Supporting preparation for policy meetings and events through the production of briefings and meeting notes
• Contributing to the evaluation of the policy team’s activities and development of new ways of working
• Liaising with the Conservation Action team to ensure effective internal and external engagement with the team’s advocacy work
• Ensuring up-to-date and accurate information regarding elected officials’ staff, legislative history and areas of expertise
• Other projects as assigned.

Qualifications
• In 2nd year of college or higher
• Currently enrolled in a degree program in political science, public policy, environmental studies or related field of study
• Have excellent analytical, written and public speaking communication skills
• Be a confident team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to be flexible and adaptable
• Have excellent attention to detail
• Experienced in basic of research methodology
• Able to provide writing sample(s)
• Eager to contribute to Shedd Aquarium’s mission to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world

Time Commitment
Flexible, 12-24 hours per week. Most work to occur during normal business hours (9am – 5pm). Some work offsite on evenings and weekends may be required.  Exact schedule based on intern availability.

Application Deadline: July 15th

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
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