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Intern | Advancement

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City Santa Cruz
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Company Name FishWise
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For more than 15 years, FishWise has worked closely with businesses to advance sustainability in the seafood sector. Through our partnerships and extensive networks, FishWise offers pragmatic approaches and credible guidance for companies to tackle some of the toughest challenges in sustainable seafood, from addressing environmental issues in fisheries and aquaculture production, to improving traceability and mitigating risks of human rights abuses in supply chains.

FishWise achieves measurable impact by:

  • Partnering with companies to develop comprehensive seafood sustainability programs with transparent, time-bound commitments
  • Convening and connecting diverse stakeholders to drive improvements in seafood supply chain traceability and social responsibility 
  • Creating best practice guidance and resources on traceability, counter-IUU fishing (illegal, unreported, unregulated), and social responsibility


We are…

  • Forward-thinking: We stay on the cutting edge of the dynamic field of sustainable seafood, creating actionable solutions for and with our business and NGO partners.
  • Advocates: We use our voice to create and advance the work of others, raising awareness of urgent topics through dialogue with organizations of diverse voices and critical opinions.
  • Passionate: We care about the wellbeing of workers and the health of the world’s oceans, and our passion inspires action and global change.
  • Solution-oriented: We value the importance of working with different stakeholders to set ambitious yet achievable goals.

We advance our mission through working…

  • Collaboratively: We partner with a wide range of companies and organizations to create and achieve shared goals together. Collective action is an essential component of lasting change.
  • Innovatively: We are bold and curious, using new skills and solutions to solve intractable problems in order to translate an ideal vision of the world into a reality.
  • Inclusively: We celebrate diversity and foster a supportive environment for all employees.
  • Transparently: We are committed to being open and honest about decision making.


Intern | Advancement Division

The Intern, in close collaboration with the Fund Development team, will conduct in-depth research to help cultivate opportunities to support and increase FishWise’s operating budget. The Intern will explore and prioritize new funding sources and philanthropic trends through desktop research using multiple search engines, websites, and software programs. The Intern will have opportunities to learn about the funding and donor community and assist with strategy development related to this scope of work and research findings. The Intern will also help maintain and improve internal information systems and provide occasional support to FishWise’s grants management operations. FishWise would like to leverage the Intern’s strengths and interests to co-create a work stream that aligns with individual and FishWise goals. 


This position reports to the Traceability Division Director.


With support from the Fund Development team, the Intern will:

  • Review background documents and identify where to build on existing research or where to start new projects/trackers.
  • Research potential funding sources and create a catalogue (foundations, government, individuals, and public sources).
  • Provide research to inform how FishWise should position its work for increased success with the short-list of funders.
  • Track opportunities for FishWise to contribute to the funder’s strategies and desired outcomes, identify entry points for establishing contact and cultivating relationships.
  • Work with the Traceability Division Director to brainstorm projects in alignment with funding streams that FishWise could pitch in the future.
  • Attend webinars and conduct research on how FishWise can improve donor cultivation and acknowledgement practices.
  • Attend internal meetings upon request to provide input related to this scope of work and research findings.
  • Coordinate logistics for conference calls, webinars, and in-person meetings; record and distribute minutes.
  • Other responsibilities as they develop, based on intern interest areas and FishWise’s needs.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Excellent verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple simultaneous projects
  • Experience working in a collaborative environment preferred
  • Experience breaking down large amounts of material into cohesive units that can be easily understood 
  • Enthusiasm for fundraising and donor stewardship in pursuit of FishWise’s mission, with experience in fundraising and stewardship a plus (e.g., raising money for a cause, contributing to a grant proposal)

Hours & Requirements

  • This is a temporary, part-time position
  • Internship salary: $19.74
  • Duration of internship is 12 weeks, with possibility of extension
  • FishWise is headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA. This position will be fully remote
  • Work hours: 8-16 hours per week, Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (PST or EST, with flexible scheduling options contingent on supervisor’s approval)
  • United States work authorization required
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