Fisheries Policy Intern Program


Successful applicants for the Fisheries Policy Intern will have the opportunity to learn the importance of the public policy process on freshwater and saltwater fishing access and opportunity, as well as freshwater and marine conservation issues, and will spend time learning about federal and state legislative initiatives that impact America’s anglers and fish and wildlife conservation.

CSF provides advice, support, and information to members of Congress, state legislators, and governors through its affiliation with and support of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (a bipartisan group of nearly 300 U.S. Representatives and Senators) the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses (a bipartisan network of 49 state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses with a combined membership of over 2,000 legislators) and 30 governors who are members of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus. This gives CSF a unique niche that is unparalleled by any other sportsmen’s organization. 

Visit to learn more about the work of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

POSITION: This internship is a non-employee position with compensation, and an IRS form 1099 will be issued to you at the end of the year. The position will have the option of working out of CSF’s Capitol Hill office in Washington, DC, or remotely. Academic credit is strongly supported, and CSF will cooperate with universities/colleges that offer credit for intern programs. However, it is the student’s responsibility to make all the arrangements for receiving academic credit.


  • Tracking state and federal legislation that impacts fishing, fisheries conservation, and angling access;
  • Writing and assisting with the preparation of policy-related communications materials;
  • Conducting a variety of policy analysis and research projects in support of the work of CSF’s state and federal policy teams;
  • Assisting in the preparation of materials for virtual events with state and federal elected officials; and,
  • Other responsibilities based upon the needs of the organization.


  • Preference will be given to undergraduate or graduate students, either currently enrolled or recently graduated, with a major and/or an interest in conservation/natural resource management and/or policy.
  • Successful candidates will possess the following traits and characteristics:
    • Excellent research, writing, and oral communications skills and high level of attention to detail;
    • Strong organization, time management, priority-setting, and computer skills;
    • The ability to stay focused and task-oriented;
    • A good disposition, a hardworking and creative nature, and an interest in taking on a variety of tasks; and,
    • A commitment to the goals and methods of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and a professed interest in hunting, fishing, and other forms of outdoor recreation. 
  • Applicants must be willing to work on a committed weekly schedule for a minimum of three months. Full time is preferred, though part time arrangements for exceptional candidates may be considered with compensation adjusted accordingly. The final work schedule will be mutually agreed upon by the successful candidate(s) and CSF.


Up to a maximum of $1,000/month, depending on work location and hours worked per week.


Please submit a cover letter, complete resume, a college transcript, three references, and a writing sample. Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in interning in Washington, DC or remote, and if you are interested in a fulltime (40 hours/week or part time (24 hours/week) option. Finalists will be interviewed either by videoconference or by telephone.

Please send completed applications to:

Fisheries Policy Intern Program
c/o Chris Horton

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