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.  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.

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, 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.  We offer one in the spring, summer, and fall.

Available Internships:

Science Internship

Reports to:  MPAtlas.org Program Manager 
Location: Seattle, WA (preferred) or Washington, DC
Period: August - December 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 also provide 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 Marine Protected Areas intern will work closely with the MPAtlas.org team to design, construct, and implement improvements to the MPAtlas database, an online resource and mapping tool covering all of the world’s marine protected areas, parks and reserves. The intern will focus on research, data management, and outreach activities. Primary project work will involve research and communication on the latest campaigns to create new marine protected areas – from grass-roots movements to government statements of intent to international commitments and treaties.  Individuals with geographic information system (GIS) experience or programming experience will have the opportunity to contribute to spatial analyses, create maps and visualizations, or develop new online applications related to marine protected areas and conservation issues.

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTION

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 conservation community
  • Updating records in the online MPAtlas database based on research and recent announcements
  • Conduct GIS analyses, create visualizations, or develop online tools

Compensation: 

We prefer a full-time intern (40 hours/week), but will consider part-time work (20 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 MPAtlas@marine-conservation.org. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting August 10th, 2015. 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.

Policy Internship

Reports to:  Director of Policy and Legislation
Location: Washington, DC
Period: August - December 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. Experience working in environmental economics would be highly beneficial, but is not required.

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, our work to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, development of our MPAtlas project, and on GLORES, among other projects. 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 generally coincide with the academic calendar.

Responsibilities and Duties:  

Internship activities include:

  • Conducting research on US marine policy;
  • Setting up lobbying appointments with congressional staffers;
  • Accompanying Marine Conservation Institute staff on visits to the Hill/agencies and keeping records of visits;
  • Attending meetings with coalition partners to discuss strategy and activities;
  • Staying abreast of and briefing staff on marine conservation news;
  • Preparing educational materials and fact sheets;
  • Drafting blogs, reports, press releases, letters to the editor, op-eds;
  • Providing administrative support (answer phones, file, purchase office supplies, open & distribute mail, computer troubleshoot, etc.).  This constitutes approximately 20% of the intern’s time.

Compensation: 

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 internship, please send the following material via e-mail to internships@marine-conservation.org. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis starting June 15, 2015. 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.