Internship Programs

Marine Conservation Institute is a non-profit conservation advocacy organization that has been working since 1996 to protect and restore marine biodiversity.  From our offices in Seattle, WA and Glen Ellen, CA, we encourage research in marine conservation biology, bring scientists together to examine crucial ocean issues, conduct policy research to frame the marine conservation agenda, lead educational outreach efforts, and build partnerships to solve problems affecting marine life and coastal communities.

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This internship program provides motivated and academically-promising students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real‐world arena. During their internship, students work closely with science and policy staff on cutting edge issues in marine conservation biology and ocean policy. Many of the internship opportunities are geared towards graduate students or individuals who have recently completed graduate degrees, though opportunities are occasionally available for undergraduates to work on pressing marine conservation issues. 

For internship positions, we seek individuals with excellent communication skills, substantive knowledge or experience in marine science or policy, and a shared commitment to protecting our oceans. We also prefer candidates who have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision. Training is provided.


Types of Internships:

Science Internship – Based in our two west coast offices, science interns have an opportunity to train closely with our science staff to research a specific marine conservation research topic. Previous science interns have assisted projects such as: the Global Ocean Refuge System, our high seas gems project, habitat conservation assessments for National Marine Sanctuaries, and the Atlas of Marine Protection. These internships are available as project development dictates.

Communications Internship - Based in our Seattle headquarters, communications interns have the opportunity to train with the Communications Coordinator to gain important skills in conservation communications. Communication interns help coordinate institute-wide communications including but not limited to: social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), blogs, press releases, action alerts, daily newsclips, monthly newsletters, and infographics. Interns also have the opportunity to contribute pieces to the institute’s blog On The Tide.


Available internships:


Development/Communications Internship

Development/Communications interns have the opportunity to train with the Development staff to gain important skills in environmental conservation communications and development.

Interns will help coordinate institute-wide communications including but not limited to: social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), blogs, web design press releases, action alerts, daily news clips, monthly newsletters, videos and infographics. Interns also have the opportunity to contribute pieces to the institute’s blog On The Tide.


  • Help identify both local, state and national influencers such as, journalists, experts, thought leaders, bloggers, social media influencers, key organizations, etc.
  • Implement content strategies for email marketing, social media channels and website.
  • Think creatively to distill complex scientific information for our target audience.  
  • Research partnership, grant and foundation opportunities with businesses and organizations and enter them into the database.
  • Identify event opportunities for growth of business partnerships and strategic initiatives.

Qualifications and skills: 

  • College student currently enrolled or applicable experience.
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to think creatively and present information visually.
  • Excellent communication, writing and organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks while demonstrating attention to detail.
  • Interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Experience in graphic design, video editing or multimedia storytelling a plus.
  • Interest in ocean, climate change and environmental, issues.


  • Salary: Unpaid.
  • Location: Glen Ellen office in the historic Jack London Village, North Bay California
  • Starting Time: Spring/Summer 2019, applications reviewed and position filled on rolling basis
  • Hours: Negotiable. Hours dependent on assigned projects and can be set according to the intern’s needs. We prefer a commitment of at least 15-20 hours/week for ten weeks or longer. Please include available hours and start date in your application.  Start and ending date are flexible.
  • Benefits: We are happy to work with academic departments to ensure the internship meets requirements for academic credit.

If interested please email a brief cover letter and resume to stating why you would like this internship.