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

This position has been filled.

Ocean Education Intern

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Ocean Policy Intern

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Ocean Program Intern

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Social Media Intern >>

COARE is looking for immediate assistance from a motivated individual or individuals to support the management of our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. The intern(s) will participate in a variety of projects, and will have the opportunity to be engaged at many levels of our campaigns. The successful applicant will spend a considerable portion of his/her building COARE's social media base. Other opportunities will be available to candidates who exhibit greater experience in this field.

Internship activities include:
  • Daily community engagement on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (e.g., responding to comments and messages with pre-approved messaging, liking and retweeting/resharing related posts, etc.
  • Promoting COARE projects and programs
  • Collecting, curating, and developing content to be shared
  • Drafting, editing, and sharing weekly schedule of social media posts to support community engagement with COARE's work
  • Tracking and evaluating social media performance data and adjusting approach accordingly
  • 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
The ideal candidates should possess:
  • Genuine interest in conservation, environmental advocacy, and creating change
  • Personal experience with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok
  • Familiarity with social networking trends
  • Strong research, writing, media, and communication skills
  • Ability to write (or learn how to write) specifically for social media
  • Good organization skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team effort
  • Energy, enthusiasm, and a strong desire to learn
Preference will be given to applicants with the following qualifications:
  • Experience using social media for business purposes
  • Established following on one or more social media platforms
  • Excellent research, writing, media, and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision
  • Substantive education, knowledge, or professional experience in marine or environmental science or policy
To Apply:
  • In addition to the application instructions below, please be sure to include a list of your current social media platforms and handles

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 (include internship title in the subject line), or by postal mail to

COARE Internships
4096 Piedmont Avenue #180
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 or curriculum vitæ, detailing any relevant field and/or office experience
  3. A writing sample (1-2 pages) (e.g., 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