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.

Please also consider donating to support our work. Together, we can protect marine life for us and future generations.

 

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. 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: 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:

Fall 2018 Communications Internship

 

Reports to: The Communications Coordinator and Executive Assistant
Location: 
Seattle, WA
Period: 3 months beginning in late September or early October 2018

 

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 realworld arena. During their internship, students work closely with 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 as well.

For internship positions, we seek individuals with excellent communication skills and 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

Based in our Seattle headquarters, the Communications Intern has the opportunity to work closely with our Communications Coordinator to gain important skills in conservation communications. They will help write, schedule, and manage communications including: social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), blogs, press releases, action alerts, Daily News Clips, and newsletters. Interns also have the opportunity to contribute pieces to the Institute’s well-regarded blog On The Tide.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

Internship activities may include:

  • Writing and scheduling Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram posts through Hootsuite.
  • Creating and formatting monthly and quarterly newsletters in MailChimp.
  • Proofreading internal and external communications.
  • Writing and scheduling blog posts in WordPress. 
  • Preparing outreach materials, including graphics, for our initiatives and campaigns.

 

COMPENSATION

This internship is part-time (10-20 hours/week) on a volunteer basis. No benefits or relocation costs are provided. Standard holidays falling during the internship term will be observed. If possible, we will assist with obtaining academic credit for the internship. It is the intern’s responsibility to negotiate this relationship with their institution and verify that the internship experience meets academic credit requirements.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting August 22, 2018, with an intended start date in late September or early October. Please reference the internship title and your name in the subject line. To apply, please e-mail the following materials to internships@marine-conservation.org:

  • A cover letter detailing your interests, experience, goals and availability.
  • A résumé, including relevant coursework and experience.
  • A list of 3 references.
  • Relevant communication pieces or links to your content online.

Please no calls. Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer.