Our programs and initiatives encourage members of the community young and old to build and nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes. Join Seaside Sustainability for any season, or during breaks in your school schedule, to explore myriad internship opportunities, relevant to almost any future interest.
is seaside a good fit for you?
We are looking for part-time interns in high school, college, and beyond to work 6-20 hours a week 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 knowledge and skills to their emerging professional lives. We are accepting applications for unpaid internships, 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, but we also invite interns from all over the world to apply as we greatly value a broad range of perspectives and ideas.
Interested in joining our passionate & dedicated entrepreneurial team?
**Please Note: Summer 2018 positions are full, but applications for Fall, Spring, or Summer 2019 positions are still being accepted!
Interns will work in our office at 45 Broadway Rockport, MA. (The office is a different location than our permanent mailing address, PO Box 131 Gloucester, MA 01931.)
Academic Credit & Service Hours Fulfillment
We at Seaside work alongside colleges, universities and 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, minors, and/or interests in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Finance, 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 initiatives are in the start-up phase, while others have been in progress for a while. We work on a wide array of local, regional, and national programs and initiatives, which create real world entrepreneurial problem-solving opportunities that are interesting, diverse, and stimulating! The start-up environment is incredibly fast-paced and interns are able to experience this first hand. Our interns are never bored because they’re given REAL and MEANINGFUL work. All internships allow personal engagement with hands-on and exploratory work, which makes Seaside unique from other internships. Interns are encouraged to be creative and to think critically about the initiatives we explore and all contributions are valued and utilized in Seaside's decision making. Through this interns are able to feel that they are making an immediate impact on the company.
Local and Remote Internships
Seaside Sustainability has a history of hiring local and remote interns, which allows people from all over the world to work with us. We hire remote interns from across the United States, and internationally from countries such as China, the Philippines, Egypt, the Netherlands, Ecuador, and Mexico. We strive to create diverse teams and partnerships with local and remote interns on initiatives whenever possible. Collaboration is constant within the physical office as interns almost always team up to work on projects. Additionally, interns set their work schedule, so collaboration between local and remote interns via phone calls, video chats, and other platforms is both possible and encouraged when schedules allow. This enables interns to learn more from each other's ideas as they come from a variety of backgrounds with different skills and interests.
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.
For people who want to plan and execute local outdoor adventure programs. The focus of this task is planning the activities, locations, and structure of outdoor ed programs. Finding leaders to carry out the program, and advertising the trip to the local population are the main tasks after the program has been planned. Programs Seaside is planning include canoeing, rock climbing, and yoga.
Events and fundraising
Help spread the word of sustainability and environmental practices at local events by designing information tables and booths. Market Seaside to local organizations in order to help us build partnerships and raise funds for projects. You can also plan and host local and engaging events for Seaside such as boat tours of the Gloucester harbor.
The consulting programs we will create need websites that are separate from the Seaside Sustainability site in order to make use easier for companies seeking consulting. A background in computer science is helpful but not needed for this task.
Participate in local citizen science efforts such as water quality testing, marine debris trawls, mudflat acidification testing, and invasive species mitigation efforts. Construct containers for recycling monofilament fishing line and cigarette butts. This task is focused on involving local people in scientific research on Cape Ann and working with local and national organizations in these research efforts.
Build and design tools to be used by students across the country in sustainability projects. Research, write, and design resource packages for a project based learning curriculum in sustainability and leadership. This curriculum will be developed into a national program and interns will have a large part in its development.
Help projects of Seaside receive funding by expanding your knowledge through describing the projects in a convincing and persuasive way that appeals to funding organizations.
Research climate change effects on Cape Ann and how climate justice can be done here. Research and create a comprehensive carbon calculator for local people and organizations. Consult with schools to make their behaviors more sustainable. Help design materials and tools to give to schools in order for them to take their sustainable practices and efforts into their own hands.
In January 2019, the city of Gloucester will have single use plastic items banned. Seaside partnered with many local organizations in order to complete this projects. This effort will expand into other cities on Cape Ann in order to create more sustainable cities and towns. These efforts will develop activities around minimizing waste and plastic usage.
Seaside is a growing organization with local and national initiatives. As our national initiatives grow and participation increases, interns will manage the marketing campaigns for these initiatives.
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 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
- write professionally and research effectively
- navigate career-based decision making
- practice self-direction, self-sufficiency & critical thinking
- verbal communication skills in face-to-face and phone meetings
- hands-on experience in a fast paced start-up setting with constantly changing tasks
2. Seaside 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
- participate in consultations, meetings & conferences
- shadow industry & community leaders
- participate in strategic decision making
- network with local businesses and community members
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 our organization's directors who 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, and interns will practice not only receiving, but also how to give constructive feedback. We will provide interns with constructive feedback & guidance to refine interns' knowledge & skill base as well as goals & accomplishments.
Here at Seaside, we try to teach our interns the skills and attributes like illustrated in the article to the right. Why not add to your characteristics by gaining or strengthening some of your entrepreneurial skills?