Intern, Blue Economies

United States- Arlington, VA Headquarters
May 23, 2017
Jun 22, 2017
Full Time
The Blue Economy program is a new effort of Conservation International’s (CI) Center for Oceans. This initiative focuses on fostering a sustainable development framework that integrates conservation, subsistence use, and ocean-based sustainable production systems, including fisheries, tourism, oil and mineral wealth extraction, bioprospecting, sustainable energy production, and marine transport. The Blue Economies program will work from the local to the national level to achieve the following:

  • Position the value of ocean ecosystems within economic development agendas using ecosystem services valuation, natural capital accounting, natural capital protocols for ocean-related industries, and impact mitigation protocols.
  • Work with countries and the private sector to develop and support market-based mechanisms that incentivize healthy oceans, including strategies and interventions that enhance product market value and minimize ecological impact, offsets, payments for ecosystem services, taxes and subsidies.
  • Catalyze and direct increased private sector financing toward ocean governance and conservation through engagement with financial intermediaries, developing business cases, supporting local enterprises, and designing diversified finance mechanisms.

This is an opportunity to be involved in guiding and supporting the beginning of a new program The Blue Economy intern will support these three components through a range of activities including assessing the needs and customers for this work; event planning; research and analysis; supporting funding proposals; creating communications materials; and engaging with technical and field staff.


  • Identify other organizations’ (NGOs, UN agencies, Development Banks, think tanks etc.) work on Blue Economies, and ongoing policy initiatives: Produce a report summarizing these
  • Analyze the equity implications of Blue Economy strategies: Who will win, and who will lose, from different development paths for blue economies? How will climate change affect this? Make recommendations for countries pursuing blue economy strategies
  • Prepare trainings and workshops
  • Support others in identifying potential funding opportunities
  • Design, write, and edit communications materials for internal and external audiences
  • Conduct research and literature reviews on topics such as:
  • Ecosystem service valuation
  • Natural Capital Accounting
  • Private sector dependencies on healthy oceans, and impacts
  • Sustainable financing models for oceans
  • Policies to foster the development of sustainable blue economies

Working Conditions:

  • The intern will work in Conservation International Headquarters in Arlington, VA (Washington, DC Metropolitan Area)
  • The atmosphere is flexible, relaxed yet passionate
  • The internship must last for at least nine (9) weeks and no longer than twelve (12) weeks, and can take place anytime from June 15 to September 30



  • A graduate student in good academic standing in environmental / resource economics or a related field
  • Must be an enrolled student in university level or advanced university level courses, and show proof of enrollment upon request
  • Proficiency writing memos, briefs, manuals, and other technical documents
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and stay organized; good attention to detail.
  • Willingness to take initiative, and ability to work effectively as a team member


    Interest in/familiarity with conservation and international development  Language skills in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Bahasa, or Mandarin 

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