Jobs at Marine Conservation Institute

Marine Conservation Institute is a non-profit scientific and conservation advocacy organization that has been working since 1996 to protect marine ecosystems. Marine Conservation Institute is a great place to work and be part of a team of scientists and strategists working to preserve marine life for us and for future generations. We offer a competitive benefits package for full-time employees including health insurance, 3 weeks of vacation and the option to participate in a matching 401k retirement plan. Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer - women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Current Openings:

MPAtlas Internship


There are currently no job openings.  Thank you for your interest.



MPAtlas Internship

Reports to: Manager 
Location: Washington, DC
Period: February - May 2015

Internship Overview

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 the internship opportunities are geared towards graduate students or students who have recently completed graduate degrees, although we have on occasion developed 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.

The MPAtlas intern will work closely with the MPAtlas team to design, construct, and implement improvements to the MPAtlas database. The intern will focus on research, data management, and outreach activities. The primary project work will involve development and maintenance of a database recoding the world’s pledge to create marine protected areas – from government statements of intent to official sign-ons to international commitments.

Because the internship is based in DC, the MPAtlas intern will also have some time to work with policy staff on current projects, if interested and an effective time manager.  

Responsibilities and Duties:  

Internship activities include:

  • Conducting research on marine protected areas around the world
  • Acting as a liaison between the MPAtlas team and the DC community
  • Entering information into the MPAtlas database
  • Providing administrative support (answer phones, file, purchase office supplies, open & distribute mail, computer troubleshoot, etc.). This constitutes approximately 20% of the intern’s time.


We would prefer to hire a full-time intern (40 hours/week), but will consider bringing on a part-time intern (24 hours/week). 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 material via e-mail to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis until the postition is filled. 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.


Volunteer Positions

There are currently no volunteer openings.  Thank you for your interest.

Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer.