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

Meet the Interns: Past & Present

Mark Specia Ringwood, NJ Endicott College, Business Management Major Although I am a Business Major, I have always had a strong passion for the environment, which I attribute to growing up in a lakefront community and spending much of my free time enjoying the great outdoors.  Recently, I have begun combining my knowledge of business, with my passion for the environment to attempt to spread the awareness and effectiveness of sustainable business practices.  Seaside Sustainability was the perfect site for my internship because it provided me the opportunity to gain experience in my desired field, while also giving back to the community.

Mark Specia
Ringwood, NJ

Endicott College, Business Management Major

Although I am a Business Major, I have always had a strong passion for the environment, which I attribute to growing up in a lakefront community and spending much of my free time enjoying the great outdoors.  Recently, I have begun combining my knowledge of business, with my passion for the environment to attempt to spread the awareness and effectiveness of sustainable business practices.  Seaside Sustainability was the perfect site for my internship because it provided me the opportunity to gain experience in my desired field, while also giving back to the community.

John Dello Russo Revere, MA Bates College, Biology Major The mission to improve the  societal perceptions surrounding sustainability is one of the noblest undertakings one can take on. As a biology major whose focus is on positively impacting environmentalism from the bottom up, this is something I am deeply invested in. Not only will I get invaluable hands on experience working with Seaside, but I will also gain the insight necessary for executing effective community based projects. Therefore, it was an easy choice to want to become involved with Seaside, as they are committed, energetic, and up for the task.   

John Dello Russo
Revere, MA

Bates College, Biology Major

The mission to improve the  societal perceptions surrounding sustainability is one of the noblest undertakings one can take on. As a biology major whose focus is on positively impacting environmentalism from the bottom up, this is something I am deeply invested in. Not only will I get invaluable hands on experience working with Seaside, but I will also gain the insight necessary for executing effective community based projects. Therefore, it was an easy choice to want to become involved with Seaside, as they are committed, energetic, and up for the task. 
 

Molly Jones West Newbury, MA Stonehill College, Business Management Major As a Management major and Environmental Studies minor, I am very interested in the role businesses play in furthering ecological efforts. I have always had a love for nature and a desire to protect it, which I had the opportunity to explore while working as a lake host in New Hampshire. I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors, whether on the ocean or by the lake, and I hope to participate in preserving these beautiful places and the creatures that inhabit them. Seaside Sustainability’s uniquely multifaceted approach to battling climate change through encouraging environmental stewardship caught my attention, and I feel so lucky and excited about the chance to contribute to this important mission.

Molly Jones
West Newbury, MA

Stonehill College, Business Management Major

As a Management major and Environmental Studies minor, I am very interested in the role businesses play in furthering ecological efforts. I have always had a love for nature and a desire to protect it, which I had the opportunity to explore while working as a lake host in New Hampshire. I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors, whether on the ocean or by the lake, and I hope to participate in preserving these beautiful places and the creatures that inhabit them. Seaside Sustainability’s uniquely multifaceted approach to battling climate change through encouraging environmental stewardship caught my attention, and I feel so lucky and excited about the chance to contribute to this important mission.

EJ Kelley Melrose, MA Davidson College, Economics Major I am a rising college sophomore interested in business, writing, and marketing. I was previously a community engagement intern at the Boston 2024 Partnership and have also worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past five years. I was attracted to Seaside because of its unique mission and purpose and the prospect of working for a small, young firm dedicated to systemic change surrounding environmental issues. I see a great opportunity in being able to work with a group dedicated to vital sustainability dialogues that affect the futures of our communities and are becoming increasingly pertinent on a national level.  

EJ Kelley
Melrose, MA

Davidson College, Economics Major

I am a rising college sophomore interested in business, writing, and marketing. I was previously a community engagement intern at the Boston 2024 Partnership and have also worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor for the past five years. I was attracted to Seaside because of its unique mission and purpose and the prospect of working for a small, young firm dedicated to systemic change surrounding environmental issues. I see a great opportunity in being able to work with a group dedicated to vital sustainability dialogues that affect the futures of our communities and are becoming increasingly pertinent on a national level.
 

Lucy Robson Stuart, Florida Cal Poly, Business Major I am studying Business with a concentration in Marketing at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and am due to graduate this year! I am excited to leave the business school to enter the business world. I chose to work for Seaside because of the opportunity to further develop my marketing and research skills while also working for a company that is doing good for the community.   

Lucy Robson
Stuart, Florida

Cal Poly, Business Major

I am studying Business with a concentration in Marketing at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and am due to graduate this year! I am excited to leave the business school to enter the business world. I chose to work for Seaside because of the opportunity to further develop my marketing and research skills while also working for a company that is doing good for the community. 
 

Maya Heath Manchester, MA Boston University, College of Communication, Advertising Major As an Advertising major, I am highly interested in marketing. In the College of Communication, I have studied the various methods of advertising/marketing, including promotion through social media. I wanted to apply this knowledge by completing an internship in this field; for this reason, I chose to work for Seaside Sustainability as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.

Maya Heath
Manchester, MA

Boston University, College of Communication, Advertising Major

As an Advertising major, I am highly interested in marketing. In the College of Communication, I have studied the various methods of advertising/marketing, including promotion through social media. I wanted to apply this knowledge by completing an internship in this field; for this reason, I chose to work for Seaside Sustainability as the Social Media and Marketing Coordinator.

Ariel Keklak Sudbury, MA Wake Forest University I am currently undecided on a major but I am interested in studying Biology with a minor in Environmental Sciences.  I have always enjoyed nature and the outdoors, and I am finding that I am also interested in learning about current environmental issues and what can be done to solve many of them.  I wanted to intern for Seaside Sustainability because it provided an opportunity to not only help local communities, but gain valuable knowledge and skills that I can use in the future if I choose to pursue an environmental-focused path.  

Ariel Keklak
Sudbury, MA

Wake Forest University

I am currently undecided on a major but I am interested in studying Biology with a minor in Environmental Sciences.  I have always enjoyed nature and the outdoors, and I am finding that I am also interested in learning about current environmental issues and what can be done to solve many of them.  I wanted to intern for Seaside Sustainability because it provided an opportunity to not only help local communities, but gain valuable knowledge and skills that I can use in the future if I choose to pursue an environmental-focused path.
 

Chilly Sample Concord, MA Endicott College, Hospitality Major I am a Hospitality Major at Endicott College which complements my studies working part-time at Seaside Sustainability.  In addition I am a certified Underwater Whale Tour Guide, having worked for 6 months after high school at a Tongan resort renowned for its migratory Humpback whale population. I enjoy numerous eclectic activities ranging from spearfishing to snow skiing.   

Chilly Sample
Concord, MA

Endicott College, Hospitality Major

I am a Hospitality Major at Endicott College which complements my studies working part-time at Seaside Sustainability.  In addition I am a certified Underwater Whale Tour Guide, having worked for 6 months after high school at a Tongan resort renowned for its migratory Humpback whale population. I enjoy numerous eclectic activities ranging from spearfishing to snow skiing. 
 

Caleb Lacson Parish, NY Gordon College, Business Administration Major I am interested in pursuing a career in which my personal passions intersect with my professional expertise. As a Business major, I found that working at Seaside Sustainability provides me with a platform in which I can gain experience with multiple components of a business. In addition to my college education, I have a strong passion for people, learning, and the environment. As a small non-profit focused on environmental education, Seaside Sustainability offers the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience relevant to my interests.

Caleb Lacson
Parish, NY

Gordon College, Business Administration Major

I am interested in pursuing a career in which my personal passions intersect with my professional expertise. As a Business major, I found that working at Seaside Sustainability provides me with a platform in which I can gain experience with multiple components of a business. In addition to my college education, I have a strong passion for people, learning, and the environment. As a small non-profit focused on environmental education, Seaside Sustainability offers the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience relevant to my interests.

Chia Ju Lee Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan, New Media & New Literacies I am a master student and I am very interested in any design work related to education. This summer,  I started to learn user research design by myself and want to apply what I had learned in a real world setting. Therefore, I applied to be an intern at Seaside Sustainability and it has been a good opportunity to put theories into practice. This internship enables me to gain practical experiences, enhance communication skills and practice design on a website template for the organization's new projects. It am so happy for a chance to get involved. 

Chia Ju Lee
Ann Arbor, MI

University of Michigan, New Media & New Literacies

I am a master student and I am very interested in any design work related to education. This summer,  I started to learn user research design by myself and want to apply what I had learned in a real world setting. Therefore, I applied to be an intern at Seaside Sustainability and it has been a good opportunity to put theories into practice. This internship enables me to gain practical experiences, enhance communication skills and practice design on a website template for the organization's new projects. It am so happy for a chance to get involved. 

Josh Sheridan Essex, MA School of  Lifelong Learning, Marine Biology I am an incoming high school freshman, passionate about environmental studies. I see Seaside Sustainability as a driving force behind environmental change. I am interested in marine biology and environmental engineering.  I have found Seaside Sustainability to be the place I am able to explore my passions and interests first-hand.  

Josh Sheridan
Essex, MA

School of  Lifelong Learning, Marine Biology

I am an incoming high school freshman, passionate about environmental studies. I see Seaside Sustainability as a driving force behind environmental change. I am interested in marine biology and environmental engineering.  I have found Seaside Sustainability to be the place I am able to explore my passions and interests first-hand.
 

Julia Frisch Newburyport, MA University of Virginia, Business Major I am a rising sophomore planning to study Business with a concentration in Marketing at UVA. I was drawn to Seaside Sustainability for its dedication to sustainability and environmental issues,  a pressing cause that I feel strongly about. I am excited about the opportunity to gain experience in the marketing field while supporting sustainability throughout local communities, and making a positive impact on my community.  

Julia Frisch
Newburyport, MA

University of Virginia, Business Major

I am a rising sophomore planning to study Business with a concentration in Marketing at UVA. I was drawn to Seaside Sustainability for its dedication to sustainability and environmental issues,  a pressing cause that I feel strongly about. I am excited about the opportunity to gain experience in the marketing field while supporting sustainability throughout local communities, and making a positive impact on my community.
 

Internship Reflections

 
Mark Specia & Emily Arthur at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall to accept $2000 grant from Essex Heritage Partnership Grant on behalf of Seaside Sustainability in May 2017

Mark Specia & Emily Arthur at the Methuen Memorial Music Hall to accept $2000 grant from Essex Heritage Partnership Grant on behalf of Seaside Sustainability in May 2017

When I started my internship here with Seaside Sustainability, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. As a business management major, I have had previous internships where I was given simple, mind-numbing tasks that were either uninteresting or unimportant. When I decided I wanted to broaden my career-spectrum and involve myself with Sustainable Business, Seaside turned out to be the perfect site to intern for the summer before my junior year of college. The work I’ve done here in my short time with Seaside Sustainability is so rewarding because it provides a sense of accomplishment, when you realize that the work you are doing is positively affecting your community and the world we live in. Many thanks to Eric Magers and Emily Arthur for allowing me to help out with this great cause.”
— Mark Specia