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The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation has achieved many important victories by persuading state, federal, and local decision makers to protect vital coastal and ocean resources. These accomplishments demonstrate the important role of recreational users in advancing coastal and ocean stewardship.

By joining the Surfrider Foundation, you will be welcomed into an open and inclusive network of incredibly supportive and collaborative people who work hard and play hard. You will have the opportunity to work with dedicated people who are also passionate coastal users with their feet in the sand and toes in the water. You help bring together diverse voices and perspectives to provide our community with the leadership and tools necessary to make a difference at their beach and in coastal communities across the United States. At Surfrider, we build leaders and we are problem solvers; our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. Coastal recreation is fun and working at Surfrider is, too.


Surfrider Foundation is seeking a Summer Intern to work with the Senior Regional Manager - Southeast, Great Lakes, and Texas. We are looking for an individual with excellent communications skills and burgeoning marketing skills to help us develop content in support of regional priority projects. This team member’s efforts will focus on employing storytelling, content curation, and marketing techniques on digital platforms to amplify the efforts of our volunteer leaders in these regions. There will be additional opportunities to exercise PR skills to yield earned media placements in the regions.

You will be an integral part of Surfrider Foundation’s efforts to support chapters in the Southeast, Texas, and Great Lakes regions. You will gain exposure to a variety of activities and build transferable skills. The following are some examples of activities and outcomes that you can expect throughout the internship:

  • Participate in staff meetings and learn about how a non-profit operates.
  • Conduct interviews of volunteer chapter leaders and learn about the projects they’re leading in their communities.
  • Learn how to use the content management and marketing elements of the Hubspot CRM platform.
  • Interact with various Surfrider Foundation staff and volunteers to broaden your exposure to various projects and programs.
  • Enhance understanding of the role of communications and marketing in the advocacy field.
  • Deepen storytelling and communications skills.
  • Leave with completed projects (e.g., blogs, social posts, graphics, webpages, email marketing, etc.) that can be added to your professional resume. 


As part of this internship, you will:

  • Curate content from primary and secondary sources to create compelling narratives about Surfrider Foundation chapters’ work. The narratives will primarily take the form of blog posts and may also include pitching to local news media.
  • Create content for social media posts and email communications.
  • Source and format graphics to accompany content and extend its marketability/appeal.
  • Design a webpage from a template and populate content.


  • Commitment to Surfrider Foundation’s mission and values.
  • You are currently enrolled in a US-based undergraduate or graduate program that directly or indirectly relates to communications, political science, environmental science and/or a similar field.
  • You have an interest in learning about storytelling and communications around environmental activism.
  • You are motivated, accountable, and work well independently based on direction given
  • You have strong, demonstrated communications skills (written and interpersonal)
  • You are familiar with or willing and capable of learning how to use platforms such as Hubspot CRM, Google Suite products, Basecamp, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • You are motivated, accountable, and work well independently based on direction given.

Duration: June 2023 - August 2023

Hours: 7 Hours per week for an estimated total of 10 weeks

Hourly Rate: $18/Hour

Location: Remote

Deadline to Receive Applications: June 1, 2023

To Apply: Email:

Please send your cover letter, résumé, and a link to or attachment of an example of your communications work. Please use the subject line “Internship Application - [Your Name]. 

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Category Level: Internship

Salary Range: $16 - $20/Hour

How Does the Surfrider Foundation Establish Salary Ranges? 

The Surfrider Foundation researches, evaluates, and compares like-sized non-profit organizations to establish ranges for each position level to ensure that employees are justly compensated. The intent is to compensate employees well within a median pay range philosophy. What does a “median pay range philosophy” mean? It means that if the range for a position is $50,000- $70,000 the median pay for that position would be $60,000. The established range takes multiple factors into account; experience, educational background, scope and complexity of work, special skills, added value to the organization, geographic cost-of-living, inflation/current market demand, equity, and more. The Surfrider Foundation prides itself on a high rate of retention, with 32% of staff having been employed with the organization for 10+ years. Please keep in mind that the maximum end of our ranges also account for longevity and tenure within the role.  


The Surfrider Foundation is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organization for all people who protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Our success and impact depends on learning from our community, standing in solidarity with our allies and working towards a more just future, both for our organization and the environmental movement as a whole.

The Surfrider Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace that is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. Together we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class. 

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