3. Dive: Each week REEF Interns have the opportunity to go scuba diving with a local dive shop and conduct fish surveys. Interns act as REEF ambassadors on the dive boats, encouraging other divers to become REEF members and to get involved with the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Interns can also gain new dive certifications and advance through REEF’s surveyor levels.
4. Research: Interns will get to participate with practical marine conservation field experience with monitoring protocols, procedures, and data management.
5. Daily Non-Profit Operations: A significant portion of the internship consists of working in the REEF HQ office in Key Largo. REEF interns are often the first point of contact and smiling faces representing our organization. Tasks range from answering phone calls and interacting with visitors to scientific data entry and event planning. There's never a dull day in the office!
6. Network: Interns are given ample opportunity to meet and network with important figures in marine science, SCUBA diving, underwater photography, and conservation.
8. Event Organizing: REEF interns are treated as valuable members of the team and play a huge part in making our events happen. As an intern you will learn valuable skills in event planning by organizing lionfish derbies, mixers like Fish and Friends, REEF fest, a summer camp, and more!
10. Figure out what impact you want to have: A unique feature of this internship is the freedom and encouragement to start your own initiatives. If inspiration strikes or you want more experience doing a certain kind of work, you can branch out! Past intern-led projects include The Giving REEF, graphic design projects, Headquarters improvements (installation of an electric car charger, butterfly garden, interpretive signs, etc.), translation of teaching materials, creating content for social media, and more.