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 403(b) retirement plan. Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer - women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Marketing Communications Internship 

Are you a recent 4-year university graduate with a communications degree looking for a super cool internship?  We are searching for a full-time intern for 10 weeks to help Marine Conservation Institute on an important and highly visible initiative that combines ocean conservation with the travel and ocean sports industries.  What could be more fun than that mix?!

You need to be an excellent writer, articulate, resourceful, outgoing, confident, self-motivated, and interested in the oceans, travel and ocean sports.  The person selected for this position will work directly with a communications veteran with more than 20 years of experience who enjoys mentoring (and has mentored dozens of people over the years).  Learn from someone who has done it all, including having worked at two large world-renowned marketing agencies for several years. 

Internship job duties include research; list-making; writing brief reports; drafting marketing documents; developing media angles; outreach to media, travel and ocean sports people and organizations; social media posting and more.  You will always be aware of the big-picture strategy and how your work is contributing to meeting the objectives of the plan and the organization.

This is an unpaid internship based in Seattle.  Work out of our offices and remotely.  There is some flexibility on exact work hours. 

Please email a brief cover letter, your resume and the date you would be available to start to Gaby Adam,  We hope to fill this position by May 1, 2014. 


Policy Internship

Reports to:  Director of Policy and Legislation
Location: Washington, DC
Period: September - December 2014

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.

Working out of our DC office, policy interns have the opportunity to work closely with our policy staff to gain important skills in conservation advocacy. Previous policy interns have had the opportunity to assist with establishing National Monuments and our National Marine Sanctuaries Reauthorization efforts.  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.

Responsibilities and Duties:  

Internship activities include:

  • Conducting research on US marine policy
  • Setting lobbying appointments with congressional staffers
  • Accompanying Marine Conservation Institute staff on visits to the Hill/agencies and keeping records of visits
  • Staying abreast of and briefing staff on marine conservation news
  • Preparing educational materials and fact sheets
  • 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 (20 hours/week). Internships are on a volunteer basis.  No benefits or relocation costs are provided, except standard holidays falling during the internship term.  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 internships, please send the following material via e-mail to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting June 10th, 2014. 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 (1-2 pages);
  • A course list detailing applicable coursework experience;
  • A list of 3 references.

Please no calls.

Marine Conservation Institute is an equal opportunity employer.