Join our team of interns from across the globe and help keep our coastal waters healthy and full of life
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Our internship program welcomes all members of the community – regardless of age or nationality – to help others build and nurture a relationship with their environment and seascapes. Join Seaside Sustainability and explore a myriad of internship opportunities working on critical projects, initiatives and legislation.
Seaside Sustainability is a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to community engagement, public education, and environmental conservation. Seaside aims to be a leader in environmental and STEM educational programs and recognition initiatives. We help by promoting public awareness about the importance of environmental health, providing resources to develop problem-solving skills, and offering chances to get engaged as part of a community that takes action. We organize our work and initiatives around these 4 key areas: plastic mitigation, marine citizen science, sustainability education, and solar energy adoption within residential and commercial areas.
We believe that environmental challenges can be overcome by instilling ethical and social responsibility into our existence. We address these challenges by illuminating the heavy costs of environmental degradation by providing resources to develop skills, solutions, and community involvement.
Seaside Sustainability's mission is to preserve and protect the world's oceans, rivers, wetlands, and estuaries by motivating citizens to evaluate the critical issues facing the water environment, educating the public on best practices for sustainability, and providing guidance for taking effective action. Among our most important areas of focus are the elimination of consumer plastics and the creation of educational programs for students of all ages.
Collectively interns put in over 75,000 hardworking hours a year working on fascinating projects
We’ve hosted over 1200 interns since starting this program
We have accredited internships with more than 1350 colleges and universities
Virtual interns have come from 45 countries
WHY INTERN AT SEASIDE?
We strive to create an internship program that is hands-down one of the best in the world. We are always looking for part-time interns in high school, college, and post-grad to work on a diverse and challenging array of projects and initiatives. Based on your schedule and the projects your assigned team is working on, you can offer to pitch in on any day of the week at practically any time of day.
Students may receive course credit for this internship. Our internship is accredited by more than 1,350 colleges and universities around the globe and interns come from more than 45 countries! We have a ratio of 10:1 applicants to hires and host over 250 interns annually. Combined, our interns put in over 75,000 hours on exciting projects each year.
Staff will work with the intern’s school/advisor to achieve desired learning outcomes and complete all necessary paperwork.
Seaside Sustainability will provide opportunities for practice and refinement of many skills inherent to an internship position, including how to:
Excel in a remote professional work environment
Create and present project findings, status updates, results and strategic recommendations to cross-functional team
Write professionally and research effectively
Hone in on your career path by working on a series of essential projects and in different roles
Practice self-direction, self-sufficiency & critical thinking
Verbal communication skills in face-to-face and phone meetings
Hands-on experience in a start-up setting with constantly changing tasks
Develop management skills, both personally and for teams
What Our Interns Say
“Seaside is a great environment to work in as you are always surrounded by people with diverse backgrounds and interests. There has been so much that I have learned just from the interns around me, and at the end of the day I always feel enriched in ways that I wouldn't anywhere else.”
- Josh Sheridan
"...Being a self-starter is extremely important for this internship. This has become the main take away from my experience with Seaside which has taught me to not be afraid of asking questions or to bring out my own thoughts. This is definitely an important skill to have for future careers."
"Seaside Sustainability's internship program is hands-down one of the best in the nation, which is why we have more than 50 interns at any given point throughout the year. Our dedicated interns hail from 20 different countries, speak more than 15 different native languages, and put in a combined total of 10,000 hard-working hours a year working on fascinating projects. Our interns do lots of meaningful work that allows them to gain invaluable experience and encourages members of the community to build and nurture a relationship with the local land and seascapes. All of our hard-working interns are professionally mentored and supervised by our diverse staff! At Seaside Sustainability, we truly love our interns and are thankful for all of their hard work that has made our internship program one of the best in the country!"
-Eli Kurlander, Intern
"Everything I worked on was either directly or indirectly relevant to my goals. Grant writing has been a fantastic way to get more familiar with Seaside Sustainability’s programs while learning important non-profit funding strategies. I’ve learned a lot about developing grassroots initiatives, supporting citizen science, and measuring sustainability. I hope I get a chance to see the different projects grow and make a positive impact."
- Intern at Seaside
"Working with Seaside has been an eye-opening experience. With every project I learn something new, and it is flexible enough to work into a busy schedule. I appreciate all the skills I’ve accumulated so far, and I look forward to seeing how I can use them in the future.”
- Samantha Raingar
“This is a great internship experience. I learned a lot of stuff from Eric and all the people who work on the same job. The two-tier marketing strategy was a great lesson from Eric, and it can give me idea in my future career.”
- Chia Kang Lu
"By becoming involved with an engaged and excited non-profit, entrepreneurial start-up, I have gained invaluable hands-on experience and knowledge that will help me pursue sustainability policy work in the future as a young professional.”
- John Dello Ruso
“I went out of my comfort zone the first night with helping to write a grant. I was taught how to problem solve. Eric always believed I could figure something out and most of the time I actually could even if I didn’t think so at first.”
- Kayla Leonard
"From the first day to the last, I have had the pleasure of working on a variety of progressive projects with an unbelievably talented and diverse group of like minded individuals. It was a pleasure to contribute to work that is aimed at making meaningful strides in helping to protect and heal a planet that we all share an equal passion for. At all points throughout my internship I felt that I was in good hands, surrounded by knowledgeable colleagues ready to answer any questions I may have thrown at them.
I am happy with the progress that has been made during my time here, and am excited to watch where it goes after I leave. The genuine passion, enthusiasm, and expertise that the interns of Seaside provide make for a perfect foundation of what is needed to instill positive change in the world, and I am confident in this organization's ability to do just that."
- Evan Petrillo, Seabin sales team
"I feel like I received the right amount of guidance and support during the internship. I had regular phone and video calls, which gave me proper guidance and support for my tasks."
- Vandana Venugopal
"I loved working on the school sustainability evaluation! It gave me a great introduction to my field of study and a chance to practice professional writing."
- Intern at Seaside
"During my six months at Seaside, I had the opportunity to take on multiple leadership roles, enhance internal strategy and move the marketing team forward. Seaside challenged me to set my team and future teams up for success."
- Daniela Miranda, marketing team
"Being a remote intern requires a good deal of discipline. Interning with Seaside built on my adaptability, my resiliency, and allowed me to get out of my comfort zone. There’s a lot you can do with this internship if you apply yourself."
- Kelly Novinski
"I had so much fun working at Seaside! I was so impressed by how hardworking and dedicated all the other interns are, and I think this organization is doing a lot of outstanding work. I really appreciate how supportive the other interns and board members (John, Ashley and Eric) have been in making sure I gained as much from this experience as I wanted. I am very grateful for everything I have learned about non-profit work and marketing in these past several months and am excited for the opportunities this experience will open up for me in the future."
- Sarah Beckhaus
"There were many things that I couldn’t have imagined taking away from this internship when I first started. My goals in the beginning were to have a professional experience where I could use my computer science skills to help Seaside Sustainability. However, currently, I’ve noticed that professional environment is also based on collaboration and casual formalness which shattered my belief that a professional workspace is a serious, boring work environment with a cutthroat competition. The main things I will be able to take from this internship would be researching skills, and a strong work ethic that makes me give my highest performance.
Eric is very helpful, and always available whenever I have a question. He tailors all of my assignments based on my interests and is a great mentor.
I would recommend this to anyone who has enough time to devote to this internship fully. Seaside is such a great experience to have where there is a visible learning curve and guidance throughout. It makes it all the more fun."
- Aadya Jain
"The past five months at Seaside Sustainability have been wonderful. This organization is filled with people with an incredible amount of knowledge, ingenuity, and most importantly, heart.
I appreciate that as interns, we're never limited to the roles we have past experience in. We're encouraged to join projects and learn from them as we go, and if we get stuck, then we have a whole support group of other friendly interns, management fellows, and board members ready to lend a hand.
You never feel like you are working on a filler assignment or busy work. It's very clear that everything you're working on has a positive impact and is extremely exciting! I have no doubt that this internship has helped me grow as a professional in the sustainability field."
- Loreanna San Pedro
Are you a Good Fit for Seaside Sustainability?
At Seaside Sustainability, we work on a wide array of local, regional, national programs, and initiatives that create real-world problem-solving opportunities, which are diverse and stimulating!
Our internships allow for personal engagement with hands-on and exploratory work, which makes the Seaside Sustainability experience incredibly rewarding. Interns are encouraged to be creative and to think critically about the initiatives they are exploring, solving and developing. All contributions are highly valued and utilized in Seaside Sustainability’s decision-making process. Intern ideas never go unheard, and their work is directly applied to real-time projects. As a result, interns are able to make an immediate impact on the all of the projects we are working on as a cross-functional global team.
Who Are We Looking For?
We are looking for part-time interns in high school, college, and beyond to work a minimum of 15 hours a week for 5 month contract periods. We offer our exceptional interns with the opportunity to be promoted to management. Our interns engage in focused learning experiences where they receive guidance and resources to apply knowledge and skills to their emerging professional lives. These are unpaid internships, but our program provides flexible hours for any day of the week and time of day. Our interns all work remotely Our interns local to the Gloucester, MA area may also have opportunities for in-person meetings and events depending on the project they are assigned to.
What Will you do as an Intern?
Our interns are never bored as they’re always given real and meaningful work that is essential to the day-to-day operation of the company. As an intern with Seaside Sustainability, you will be asked to perform a myriad of tasks, most of which can also be found on the Internship Details page