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Science Policy Intern

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is looking for a Science Policy Intern to join the Ocean Twilight Zone (OTZ) project. This is a temporary, casual (8-10 hours a week), non-exempt position, and is eligible for casual benefits.
OTZ offers an opportunity to gain exposure and experience in the critical juncture between leading scientific research and actionable policy. You will learn how to conduct basic policy research and analysis and to present your results in a clear, organized fashion. Topics to address include, but are not limited to, fisheries biology and management, the economic and ecosystem value of the marine resources, human impacts on the high seas, and the range of existing and planned policy initiatives that stand to regulate activities affecting the mesopelagic.
The project office is located at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA and staffed by WHOI employees.
The internal working title for this position could be either Administrative Assistant I or Administrative Assistant II. The level of the position will be determined and commensurate with the selected candidate's level of education & experience. 

Essential Functions

Both levels:
  • Researching relevant policy initiatives, as directed
  • Producing written reports detailing findings and analyzing results
  • Producing public-friendly social media and other content related to high-level findings
  • Other administrative duties as needed

Education & Experience

Administrative Assistant I:
  • Performs other duties deemed necessary with supervision.
  • High school diploma is required.
  • Working toward a bachelor's degree preferred in relevant course of study.
Administrative Assistant II:
  • Performs all the functions listed above with additional level of independence.
  • Ability to identify and resolve both immediate and long-term problems with slightly less supervision.
  • Performs duties with guidance from the supervisor.
  • High school diploma is required.
  • Working toward a bachelor's or master's degree in relevant course of study.
  • At least two years of relevant work experience.

Special Requirements

WHOI has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy in effect, where you must register your full vaccination status [vaccination plus booster] in order to begin your employment. The registration process is confidential and entails submitting your official vaccination records, or requesting to engage in the interactive exemption process for either a medical or religious reason

Physical Requirements

This position is mostly sedentary in nature and involves some repetitive motion such as with data entry. There is also the occasional need for retrieving and replacing files that requires some bending, stooping, pushing and pulling. This position will work alone as well as around and with others.  

WHOI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Veterans/M/F. We encourage Veterans and those with Disabilities to apply. Applications are reviewed confidentially. Applicants that require accommodation in the job application process are encouraged to contact us at (508) 289-2253 or email for assistance.