We are currently seeking applicants for our January through May 2020 session of our Marine Conservation Internship Program. This internship is open to college students with at least two years of coursework, as well as recent graduates. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Oct. 20. Visit www.REEF.org/internship for complete details and application instructions.

REEF Marine Conservation Interns support the organization’s innovative marine conservation and education projects, working as part of a dynamic and fun team. Interns have varied opportunities to be involved in both the office and the field, and support REEF’s marine conservation research, education, and outreach programs. REEF Interns play a key role in the daily operations of REEF, and gain valuable insight in to the workings of a non-profit organization. Interns work closely with all REEF team members. Ideal candidates for the internship program are passionate about the ocean, and are detail-oriented, organized, thrive on variety, and take initiative.

Interns gain leadership experience as they engage in activities focused on citizen science, community outreach, and education. They learn skills in a variety of areas, including partnership development, non-profit operations, donor relations, communication, marketing and promotions, data management, event planning, graphic design, and public speaking. They also have ample opportunities to enjoy all that the Florida Keys has to offer in their free time, including diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and interfacing with other non-profits and government agencies in the area.

Program activities and tasks vary by internship session depending on the organization’s current projects and priorities. Responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:
• Engaging with and assisting REEF members and donors, on the phone and via email, as well as in person at events
• Assisting REEF Campus visitors, including answering questions about REEF’s programs and processing in-person purchases from the REEF store
• Filling and mailing online store orders
• Facilitating educational programming, including Explorers Summer Camp, Classroom Programs, and Field Courses
• Coordinating and implementing special events like the monthly Fish & Friends seminar series, annual REEF Fest celebration, and Lionfish Derby Series
• Creating promotional and marketing materials such as flyers and social media content
• Updating web content and social media platforms
• Facilitating invasive lionfish education, outreach, and control programs
• Participating in conservation field work and data management

Four interns serve in each session (January – May and June – December). An intensive summer internship (June – August) may also be offered. Start and end dates are flexible depending on University schedules and other school or work commitments.