Seaside Sustainability Internships

Our programs and initiatives encourage members of the community young and old to build and nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes. We believe that environmental challenges are rooted in a societal neglect to instill ethical and social responsibility into our existence. We address these issues by illuminating the heavy costs of environmental degradation, and providing resources to develop skills, solutions, and community involvement to counterbalance that impact.  Join Seaside Sustainability for any season, or during breaks in your school schedule, to explore myriad internship opportunities, relevant to almost any future interest.  

 

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is seaside a good fit for you?  

We are looking for part-time interns in high school and college to work on a diverse and challenging array of projects and initiatives. Our interns engage in focused learning experiences where they receive guidance and resources to apply newfound knowledge and skills to their emerging professional lives.  We are accepting applications for an unpaid internship, with hours available any day of the week and practically any time of day: weekdays, weekends, and evenings included.  We prefer to have our local interns work in person at the office in Rockport, though accommodate schedule restrictions by allowing some portion of interns' weekly hours to be fulfilled remotely. For example, we understand that for some local high school students, getting to and from the office to fulfill all service hours might be difficult.  Please note that for-credit internship requirements for three of our local partner schools, Gordon, Endicott, Salem State and Montserrat, necessitate that all internship hours be completed in-person to comply with these schools' internship program requirements.  

Interested in joining our passionate & dedicated entrepreneurial start-up team? 


Donated Office Space--We are incredibly lucky to have this incredible office space provided to us by Mike Beaton and Remax at the Coast.  Located in Rockport,  MA this brick and mortar makes it possible for us to house our internship program, with interns coming and going throughout the week (weekends included!) between 9am and 9pm, according to their individual schedule needs.

Donated Office Space--We are incredibly lucky to have this incredible office space provided to us by Mike Beaton and Remax at the Coast.  Located in Rockport,  MA this brick and mortar makes it possible for us to house our internship program, with interns coming and going throughout the week (weekends included!) between 9am and 9pm, according to their individual schedule needs.

Location

Interns will work in our office at 45 Broadway, Rockport, MA. (The office is a different location than our permanent mailing address, 79 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA.) 

Academic Credit & Community Service Hours Fulfillment

The Directors at Seaside work alongside colleges, universities and high schools to provide students with the resources and opportunities to meet any program requirements for accredited internship requirements and service hours.  We will assist interns in creating learning goals that align with the internship duties and provide written documentation of work performed, recommendations, and evaluations for students.  

College Majors Suited

Students that will find success and enjoyment in an intern role with Seaside Sustainability include those with majors and/or interests in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Marketing, Liberal Studies, Writing, Journalism, Education (especially non-traditional, non-classroom), Environmental Studies (wide spectrum), Adventure Education, Outdoor Leadership, or Digital Communication & Multimedia, though all majors and interests are welcome and encouraged to apply!   


are you a good fit for seaside?

Many of Seaside's sustainability initiatives are in the start-up phase, while others have been in progress for awhile.  We work on a wide array of local, regional and national programs and initiatives which create real world entrepreneriurial problem solving opportunities that are interesting, diverse and stimulating!  Our interns are never bored because they’re given REAL and MEANINGFUL work. Some of the roles you might explore are outlined briefly below.  

Interns will not be limited to just one role; we encourage each intern to take advantage of the opportunity to explore a variety of roles & responsibilities.  

Intern Mark and Seaside Director Emily (middle left & right) receive an Essex Heritage Foundation grant at an award ceremony in Methuen, MA this past spring 2017

Intern Mark and Seaside Director Emily (middle left & right) receive an Essex Heritage Foundation grant at an award ceremony in Methuen, MA this past spring 2017

Intern Chilly assembles lobster traps in preparation for the SEA: Marine Life Exploration program; later he and Program Leader Skylar headed out on Chilly's boat to place the traps so that they could be pulled up during the program.  

Intern Chilly assembles lobster traps in preparation for the SEA: Marine Life Exploration program; later he and Program Leader Skylar headed out on Chilly's boat to place the traps so that they could be pulled up during the program.  

Intern Molly and Francie Caudill of Manchester Coastal Stream Team collect data to contribute to Salem Sound Coastwatch's almost 15 years of observations of species diversity at Black Beach in Manchester , MA

Intern Molly and Francie Caudill of Manchester Coastal Stream Team collect data to contribute to Salem Sound Coastwatch's almost 15 years of observations of species diversity at Black Beach in Manchester , MA

Research, Writing & Program Development:

Put your sustainable business hat on to research business development components and relevant sustainability issues for marketing content.  You will also hone your practiced writing skills to develop business plans, grant funding proposals, contract agreements, program descriptions, and more!

Marketing & Social Media:

Take your social media prowess to the next level to manage a professional social media presence that complements our website; promote current programs, upcoming opportunities, status updates on sustainability initiative progress and current events in education & sustainability.  

Sift through our media library from ongoing programs and initiatives to create marketing tools such as promotional videos, brochures and info graphics.  

Website Design:

We are in the midst of developing an assessment tool to provide value to organizations focused on redefining their business structure & functionality with sustainability in mind.  As these components come to life, we need to establish an online website presence to market and initiate these tools.

Sustainability Initiative Project Manager:

Get involved in relevant sustainability issues locally; plan and execute community-based projects around this environmental focus to inform and involve local communities.  We have three local initiatives in the works, and are always designing more!

  • Ban the Bag Gloucester: Plastic Bag and Polystyrene Ban Ordinance Proposal
  • Drain smART: Storm Drain Art
  • Clean Harbor Initiative: Seabin & Marine Skimmer Research, Installation, Observation & Assessment

Check out these initiatives in greater depth on the Local Initiatives page!

 
Yard signs are in!  Intern Lucy designed them for Seaside to be able to promote our summer programs throughout Cape Ann and surrounding towns.

Yard signs are in!  Intern Lucy designed them for Seaside to be able to promote our summer programs throughout Cape Ann and surrounding towns.

Intern Josh (above on right) and EJ (below on  right) represent Seaside Sustainability on behalf of the Plastic Bag & Polystyrene Ordinance Proposal, gathering petition signatures at the Gloucester Farmer's Market at Stage Fort Park.

Intern Josh (above on right) and EJ (below on  right) represent Seaside Sustainability on behalf of the Plastic Bag & Polystyrene Ordinance Proposal, gathering petition signatures at the Gloucester Farmer's Market at Stage Fort Park.

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objectives & Skills Learned

Depending on specific internship interests and individual learning goals, interns will be exposed to a wide range of experiences and opportunities throughout their internship with Seaside Sustainability.

1.    Seaside Directors will provide opportunities for practice and refinement of many skills inherent to an internship position, including how to:

  • engage in a work environment (both in and out of the office) and present oneself professionally
  • navigate career-based decision making 
  • practice self-direction, self-sufficiency & critical thinking

2.    Seaside Directors will provide work that is authentic, intrinsically meaningful, relevant and pertinent that prepares interns to enter—and succeed in—the workforce, including opportunities to:

  • practice project & team management
  • develop strong networking contacts
  • participate in consultations, meetings & conferences
  • shadow industry & community leaders
  • participate in strategic decision making
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3.   Work will be available throughout the period of the internship such that Seaside interns will be able to structure their schedule around individual or school/work program needs.

 

4.   Supervision will be provided by one of Seaside's two organization directors, both of whom are professionals with educational backgrounds and expertise in their fields.

 

 

5.   Formative evaluation will be practiced throughout the experience; feedback is an essential  component to any team dynamic, interns will practice not only receiving, but also how to give constructive feedback.  

  • Directors will provide interns with constructive feedback & guidance to refine interns' knowledge & skill base as well as goals & accomplishments.
  • Interns will self-evaluate as well as provide & receive constructive peer evaluation.
 

INTRIGUED? 

Complete our online application for upcoming internship opportunities!

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Contact co-directors Emily Arthur or Eric Magers with inquiries, questions, or to learn more about the internship program or upcoming opportunities:

Emily Arthur, Director of Development & Operations, arthure@seasidesustainability.org

Eric Magers, Executive Director & Program Coordinator, magerse@seasidesustainability.org