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:

Marine Conservation Science Internship 

Reports to:  Global Ocean Refuge System Fellow
Location: Glen Ellen, CA
Period: May - Aug 2017

Position Overview:

As a leader in the global movement to protect and recover the integrity of vast ocean areas, Marine Conservation Institute uses the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world and then advocates for their protection. We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations to identify key threats to areas in the sea and then build workable solutions. Our unique effectiveness comes from our vision, expertise and our willingness to partner with others. Working out of our Glen Ellen (San Francisco North Bay) office, volunteers have the opportunity to work with our staff to gain important skills and insights into conservation advocacy. 

To safeguard marine ecosystems on a global scale, Marine Conservation Institute is leading an urgent initiative called the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES). GLORES will incentivize governments to protect marine life by giving prestigious awards for effective marine protected areas that meet science-based standards. GLORES aims to catalyze strong protection for at least 30% of the global ocean by 2030, enough to avert extinction of marine life. This is an exciting year for GLORES – we will announce the inaugural GLORES awards in early September 2017.

The Marine Conservation Intern will work closely with the GLORES Fellow to help review sites for possible Global Ocean Refuge System award.  The intern will research and compile information on candidate sites to the Global Ocean Refuge System. The Marine Conservation Intern will also have the opportunity to contribute pieces to the institute’s blog On The Tide. We will consider part-time (15-20 hours/week) or full-time applicants (35+ hours/week).

Desired skills:

Computer:

  • Excellent internet research skills
  • Proficient in Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Data entry and management
  • Ability/ willingness to learn new computer programs

Marine Science:

  • Solid marine science background (through course work or field experience)
  • Understanding of ocean conservations issues
  • Familiarity with marine protected areas

Communication:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Intern tasks may include:

  • Research activities:
    • Research and compile information on MPAs from around the world
    • Assist with GLORES social media (Twitter)
    • Proofreading a variety of external documents, emails, website pages
    • Researching and data-entry for media lists
    • Writing basic blogs
    • Brainstorming for a variety of activities/ programs
  • Conservation program assistance: MPAtlas.org

Compensation: 

Internships are on a volunteer basis; no benefits or relocation costs are provided. 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 this position, please send the following materials via e-mail to internships@marine-conservation.org. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting April 15, 2017. Please reference the position title and your name in the subject line.

  • A cover letter detailing your interests, relevant experience, goals and availability;
  • A résumé;
  • A writing sample (2 page maximum);
  • A course list detailing applicable coursework experience; and
  • A list of 3 references.

Please no calls.


 
Conservation Development Internship 

Reports to:  Development Director 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Period: Ongoing

Position Overview:

As a leader in the global movement to protect and recover the integrity of vast ocean areas, Marine Conservation Institute uses the latest science to identify important marine ecosystems around the world and then advocates for their protection. We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations to identify key threats to areas in the sea and then build workable solutions. Our unique effectiveness comes from our vision, expertise and our willingness to partner with others. Working out of our Seattle office, volunteers have the opportunity to work with our staff to gain important skills and insights into conservation advocacy. 

The Conservation Development Intern will support the Development Director and occasionally the President with fundraising, donor communications, event planning, internet research and office work. Strong computer and writing skills are required. For this position, we are seeking an individual with excellent communication skills, substantive knowledge or professional experience in marine or environmental science or policy, and who shares 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. 

Compensation: 

Internships are on a volunteer basis; no benefits or relocation costs are provided. 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 send the following via email to Caro.Dratva@marine-conservation.org. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. 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;
  • A writing sample (2 page maximum);
  • A course list detailing applicable coursework experience;
  • A list of 3 references.

Please no calls