INTERNSHIPS

Positions are designed to provide a wide range of practical, programmatic, and administrative experience relating to environmental and conservation issues of national and global significance. Specifically, interns will be expected to provide detailed research, writing, and general support for our ongoing campaigns.

In addition to providing the opportunity to participate in many aspects of our work, COARE offers interns exposure to government agencies, non-governmental groups, and other organizations involved in ocean conservation and the policy-making process.

View our current internship openings below.

Ocean Communications Intern >>

COARE is looking for immediate assistance from a motivated individual to assist its public relations and communications efforts. The intern will participate in a variety of promotional projects, and will help gather organizational press through high profile media outlets. The intern would also assist COARE's marketing efforts by creating and leading efforts that lead to new supporter acquisition, search engine optimization, and increased web traffic. The successful applicant will spend a considerable portion of his/her time with media tracking and reporting, outreach calls, e-mail, and web updates. Other opportunities will be available to candidates who exhibit greater experience in this field.

Internship activities include:
  • Developing, maintaining, and promoting COARE's presence and campaigns on social networking sites
  • Keeping abreast of current internet marketing and networking trends
  • Keeping abreast of current developments in marine conservation - locally, nationally, and worldwide
  • Keeping abreast of policy and proposed policy affecting or relating to COARE's projects
  • Preparing educational materials and fact sheets
  • Providing some administrative support (e.g., coordinate volunteer efforts, prepare mailings).
The ideal candidates should possess:
  • An interest in environmental issues
  • Excellent research, writing, media, and communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team effort
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong desire to learn
  • Thorough familiarity with social networking sites and trends (facebook, twitter, etc.)

Ocean Education Intern >>

COARE is looking for immediate assistance from a motivated individual to assist with the management and implementation of some of its educational efforts. Specifically, the intern will be expected to work with our Educational Director to learn and communicate to the public the environmental and conservation issues and established curriculum represented by COARE. The intern may also be asked to provide detailed research, writing, and general support for our ongoing campaigns. Interested and enthusiastic candidates may also be involved in research and legislation at the forefront of ocean policy and governance. The successful applicant will spend a considerable portion of his/her time developing, promoting, and implementing curriculum and educational programs. Other opportunities will be available to candidates who exhibit greater experience in this field.

Internship activities include:
  • Promoting COARE projects and programs
  • Communicating essential information or curriculum during COARE events
  • Being trained in and then facilitating educational activities to public
  • Corresponding with, and supporting, program volunteers
  • Coordinating volunteer efforts
  • Soliciting and acquiring in-kind support for programs and events
  • Keeping abreast of current developments in marine conservation - locally, nationally, and worldwide
  • Keeping abreast of policy and proposed policy affecting or relating to COARE's projects
  • Preparing educational materials and fact sheets
  • Providing some administrative support (e.g., prepare mailings)
The ideal candidates should possess:
  • An interest in environmental issues
  • Excellent research, writing, media, and communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team effort
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong desire to learn
  • Familiarity with social networking sites and trends (facebook, twitter, etc.)

Ocean Policy Intern >>

COARE is looking for immediate assistance from a motivated individual or individuals to assist with the management and implementation of some of its policy efforts. The intern(s) will participate in a variety of projects, and will have the opportunity to be engaged at all levels of our campaigns. The position is designed to provide a wide range of practical, programmatic, administrative, and legislative experience relating to environmental and conservation policy issues of local, regional, national, and global significance. Specifically, the intern(s) will be expected to provide detailed research, writing, and general support for our new and ongoing campaigns at the forefront of ocean policy and governance. The successful applicant(s) will spend a considerable portion of his/her time with project and policy tracking and reporting, outreach calls, e-mail, and web updates. Other opportunities will be available to candidates who exhibit greater experience in this field.

Internship activities include:
  • Promoting COARE projects and programs
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of program and project related budgets
  • Corresponding with, and supporting, program volunteers
  • Keeping abreast of current developments in marine conservation - locally, nationally, and worldwide
  • Keeping abreast of policy and proposed policy affecting or relating to COARE's projects
  • Preparing educational materials and fact sheets
  • Providing some administrative support (e.g., coordinate volunteer efforts, prepare mailings).
The ideal candidates should possess:
  • An interest in environmental issues
  • Excellent research, writing, media, and communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team effort
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong desire to learn
  • Familiarity with social networking sites and trends (facebook, twitter, etc.)

Ocean Program Intern >>

COARE is looking for immediate assistance from a motivated individual or individuals to assist with the management and implementation of some of its program efforts. The intern(s) will participate in a variety of projects, and will have the opportunity to be engaged at all levels of our campaigns. The successful applicant will spend a considerable portion of his/her time with project tracking and reporting, outreach calls, e-mail, and web updates. Other opportunities will be available to candidates who exhibit greater experience in this field.

Internship activities include:
  • Promoting COARE projects and programs
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of program and project related budgets
  • Recruiting participant restaurants and businesses for Shark Safe Certification Program
  • Corresponding with, and supporting, program volunteers
  • Coordinating volunteer efforts
  • Soliciting and acquiring in-kind support for programs and events
  • Keeping abreast of current developments in marine conservation - locally, nationally, and worldwide
  • Keeping abreast of policy and proposed policy affecting or relating to COARE's projects
  • Preparing educational materials and fact sheets
  • Providing some administrative support (e.g., prepare mailings)
The ideal candidates should possess:
  • An interest in environmental issues
  • Excellent research, writing, media, and communication skills
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team effort
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong desire to learn
Preference will be given to applicants with the following qualifications:
  • Substantive education, knowledge or professional experience in marine or environmental science or policy
  • Film or sound industry experience
  • College graduates or graduate students in law, environmental policy, or ocean management.

Compensation: These are unpaid internships. No benefits or relocation costs are provided. We welcome use of internships for academic credit, thesis, or practicum work towards degree or certificate programs. Students, recent graduates, and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Application instructions: Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. COARE is an equal opportunity employer. Interested applicants are encouraged to send the required materials to COARE by e-mail to 2017internships@coare.org (include internship title in the subject line), or by postal mail to

COARE Internships
4123 Broadway #808
Oakland CA 94611

Please include:

  1. A cover letter illustrating your qualifications and experience, your availability, why you are interested in this internship, and what you are hoping to gain
  2. A résumé, detailing any relevant field and/or office experience
  3. A writing sample (1-2 pages) (excerpt from a blog, academic course, published article, or thesis)
  4. A course list detailing any applicable coursework experience
  5. A list of 3 references (personal and/or professional) or completed recommendation letters