Marine Conservation Internship

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Posted 2/11/2019 

Reef Environmental Education Foundation  

Marine Conservation Internship Summer 2020 

REEF Marine Conservation Internship

REEF is a non-profit, marine conservation organization with citizen science, education, and research programs. Participants in the Marine Conservation Internship program support REEF’s educational programming and general operations from the REEF Campus in Key Largo, Florida. The REEF Campus, with an Interpretive Center and nature trails, serves as an educational center for visitors and groups. It is also the Headquarters for supporting a membership of over 70,000 individuals engaging in REEF’s international programs.

REEF Marine Conservation Interns gain leadership experience as they engage in activities focused on citizen science, community outreach, and education. They learn skills 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 Overview

REEF Interns support the organization’s innovative marine conservation and education projects, working as part of a dynamic and fun team in the beautiful Florida Keys. 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 day-to-day operations of REEF, and gain valuable insight in to the workings of a non-profit ocean 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.

This unpaid program is open to college students with at least 2 years of coursework, as well as recent graduates. Four interns serve in each session (January – May and June – December). An intensive summer internship (June – August) is also sometimes available. Start and end dates are flexible depending on University schedules and other school or work commitments. REEF’s Lead Internship program provides qualified Marine Conservation Interns the opportunity to stay with the organization in a specialized capacity for up to a year beyond the original session.


  • Conducting education programming, including Ocean Explorers Summer camp, Classroom Programs, and Field Courses 
  • Facilitating invasive lionfish education, outreach, and control programs 
  • Engaging with and assisting REEF members and donors, over the phone and via email, as well as in person at events 
  • Creating promotional and marketing materials such as flyers and social media content

The internship is an unpaid position, but scholarship opportunities may be available. Subsidized intern housing is also available. The REEF Internship Program is supervised by David Ehlert, REEF Campus Coordinator, and the program is based at REEF Campus in Key Largo, Florida.

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Application Deadline: March 8th, 2020 

Semesters Available



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