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.


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 – 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: 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 - Based out of our D.C. office near Capitol Hill, policy interns have the opportunity to train 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 - 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, 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:

There are no internships available at this time. We appreciate your interest, please check back for future opportunities.