Internship Programs

Marine Conservation Institute is a non-profit scientific and conservation advocacy organization that has been working since 1996 to promote cooperation essential to protecting and restoring the Earth’s biological diversity.  From our headquarters in Seattle WA and our Washington DC and California offices, we work to protect marine life around the United States and beyond by encouraging research and training in marine conservation biology, bringing scientists together to examine crucial marine conservation issues, conducting policy research to frame the marine conservation agenda, leading outreach efforts to educate scientists, the public and decision makers on key issues, and building partnerships to solve problems affecting marine life and people.

Internships:

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. While many of the internship opportunities are geared towards graduate students or students who have recently completed graduate degrees, we have opportunities for undergraduates to work on pressing marine conservation issues. 

For internship positions, we seek individuals with excellent communication skills, substantive knowledge or professional experience in marine or environmental science or policy, and who share our commitment to the preservation of marine life and biological diversity. We also prefer candidates who have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision. Training is provided. 

Types of Internships:

Science Internship – Working out of our two west coast offices, science interns have an opportunity to work closely with our science staff to research a specific marine conservation research topic. Previous science interns have worked on projects such as: our high seas gems project, habitat conservation assessments for National Marine Sanctuaries, and our MPAtlas project.   These internships are available as project development dictates.

Policy Internship - Working out of our DC office near Capitol Hill, policy interns have the opportunity to work closely with our policy and legislative staff to gain important skills in conservation advocacy. Previous policy interns have had the opportunity to assist with establishing National Monuments, passage of the bill to reduce illegal fishing  (aka pirate fishing), a bill to reduce marine debris and testimony for Congressional committees and regulatory proceedings. Policy interns draft factsheets and press releases, do research on marine conservation and economic topics for reports, and attend hearings and events related to marine conservation. Policy interns have described their internship experience as being important for learning about lobbying and the legislative process and for understanding more about packaging science for Federal decision makers. These internships coincide with the academic calendar. We offer one in the spring, summer, and fall.

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

Available internships:

CONSERVATION INTERNSHIP
Atlas of Marine Protection (MPAtlas.org)

Reports to:  MPAtlas.org Program Manager
Location: Seattle, WA
Period: 3-6 months beginning July or early August 2017

ABOUT INTERNSHIPS WITH MARINE CONSERVATION INSTITUTE

Marine Conservation Institute’s 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. Most of our internships are geared towards graduate students or students who have recently completed graduate degrees, although there are occasionally opportunities for undergraduates to work with us on pressing marine conservation issues.

For internship positions, we seek individuals with excellent communication skills and substantive knowledge or experience in marine science and policy. They should share our commitment to protecting marine life and have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision.

INTERNSHIP AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This conservation science internship is based in our Seattle office and focused on supporting our Atlas of Marine Protection (http://mpatlas.org) project. Marine Conservation Institute launched MPAtlas in 2012 to clarify and visualize the level of global marine protection coverage within marine protected areas (MPAs), particularly within no-take marine reserves, the places that most strongly protect marine biodiversity in situ. As countries around the world race to meet levels of marine protection established within international treaties and agreements, it is important that these marine protected areas be effectively implemented and managed in order to achieve desired conservation benefits. MPAtlas.org provides near-real time updates on marine protected area announcements, such as commitments made during international conferences and conventions. It is a key platform around which to organize strategic coalition planning, research and communication.

Working closely with the MPAtlas program manager, team and other Institute staff, the intern will learn about current MPA efforts around the world, including MCI’s own exciting Global Ocean Refuge System initiative. They will also gain valuable experience applying spatial and policy analyses to relevant national and international forums. In early September, MPAtlas will be playing a central role at the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) in La Serena, Chile. The intern will help coordinate speaker panels and roundtable discussions, design interactive displays, and support the logistics for Institute activities at IMPAC4. Depending on their level of experience with quantitative and geospatial analyses and/or website or application programming, the intern can also assist with developing MCI's informative and interactive products for the conference. At this time, there is no travel funding for the intern to attend the IMPAC4 conference in person. This may change if new funding is secured.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

Internship activities include:

  • Researching global MPA information and announcements to keep MPAtlas records current.
  • Performing geospatial analyses on global MPA coverage. GIS experience highly desirable.
  • Assisting the program manager and project team with preparations for IMPAC4, including helping to coordinate a program agenda for presentations, roundtables and speaker panels throughout the 5-day international event.
  • Assisting with MCI exhibit design for the main IMPAC4 lobby, including interactive kiosks, large electronic displays, and immersive 3D mapping booths (Liquid Galaxy).
  • Staying abreast of and briefing staff on marine conservation news.
  • Preparing fact sheets and outreach materials on the project.

COMPENSATION

We would prefer to hire a full-time intern (40 hours/week), but will consider bringing on a part-time intern (20-40 hours/week). Internships are on a volunteer basis. No benefits or relocation costs are provided. Standard holidays falling during the internship term will be observed. We are willing to work with interns and their universities to obtain academic credit for internship work. Opportunities for independent research in marine conservation should be discussed at the time of interview.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply to the internship, please e-mail the following materials to internships@marine-conservation.org. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting July 17th, 2017. Please reference the internship title and your name in the subject line.

  • A cover letter detailing your interests, relevant experience, goals and availability;
  • A résumé, including relevant coursework and experience;
  • A list of 3 references.

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