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.  

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
— Margaret Mead

My mentor provided me with structured leadership development in a professional yet relaxed atmosphere.
— Intern Kevin Hines
 

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, and we also invite interns from all over the United States and internationally to apply.    

Interested in joining our passionate & dedicated entrepreneurial 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 office makes it possible for us to house our internship program, with interns coming and going throughout the week, weekends included!

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 office makes it possible for us to house our internship program, with interns coming and going throughout the week, weekends included!

Location

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.  

The span of majors Seaside can accommodate for its interns alone is impressive and makes the opportunity applicable to just about anyone. However, it is the relationships made, the energy and enthusiasm from the team, and the important work done that will make me tell anyone to give it a shot.
— Intern Molly Jones

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 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!  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.


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. Interns set their work schedule, so collaboration between local and remote interns is possible when schedules allow.


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 Director Emily (middle left & right) receive an Essex Heritage Foundation grant at an award ceremony in Methuen, MA

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

 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

 

 Students/interns from Gloucester High School's Environmental Issues class taught by Rachel Rex collecting signatures for the petition to ban single-use plastic materials in Gloucester, MA

Students/interns from Gloucester High School's Environmental Issues class taught by Rachel Rex collecting signatures for the petition to ban single-use plastic materials in Gloucester, MA

 Participants in a field study identify this duck in hopes of identifying one in the wild

Participants in a field study identify this duck in hopes of identifying one in the wild

Adventure Education

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.

Marine Sciences

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 monofilament fishing line recycling and cigarette butt recycling. 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.

Grant writing

Help projects of Seaside receive funding by describing the projects in a convincing and persuasive way that appeals to funding organizations.  

Climate Justice

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. Design materials and tools to give to schools in order for them to take their sustainable practices into their own hands.

Events and fundraising

Spread the word of sustainability at local events by designing information tables and booths. Market Seaside to local organizations in order to build partnerships and raise funds. Plan and host local and engaging events for Seaside such as boat tours of the Gloucester harbor.

Green Scholars

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.

Local bans

The city of Gloucester has banned the use of single use plastic items, which will take effect in January 2019. Seaside partnered with many local organizations in order to complete this projects. This effort will expand into other cities and towns on Cape Ann in order to create more sustainable cities and towns. These efforts will develop activities around minimizing waste and plastic usage.

Marketing

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.

Website design

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. The websites will be created using wordpress, and a background in computer science is helpful but not needed for this task.

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

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

 Intern Josh (above on right) and EJ (below 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 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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 Students/interns from Landmark High School organized by teacher Paul Howard collecting signatures to ban single-use plastic materials in Gloucester, MA

Students/interns from Landmark High School organized by teacher Paul Howard collecting signatures to ban single-use plastic materials in Gloucester, MA

 Participants examine freshwater invertebrates during a field study

Participants examine freshwater invertebrates during a field study

It was a unique summer internship that ended up being more amazing than I could’ve ever anticipated. I would definitely recommend to any friend interested in environmental science, nonprofits, or research.”
— Intern EJ Kelly

 

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

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
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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 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.

 

I am very glad I worked in the office. Not only do I think I would’ve been less productive remotely, but I believe there is great value to working in the same proximity with your peers.”
— Intern EJ Kelly
The guidance from Eric was perfect. A lot of time I was left to my own devices to work on something, but everyone was always available to check in or answer questions.”
— Intern Josh Sheridan
The field work I participated in and the grants I wrote made me positive that I wanted to pursue a career in conservation biology and sustainability.”
— Intern Jack Gilbert