Coastal Preservation Graduate Student Internship 2020

The Surfrider Foundation seeks to identify a graduate student for the Dillon Henry Memorial Internship for the summer of 2020. The unpaid internship will be based at Surfrider Foundation’s headquarters in San Clemente, California and the intern will receive a $5,000 stipend payment to defray living expenses. The position’s responsibilities include providing support for Surfrider’s Coastal Preservation and climate change campaigns and program. The Intern will be supervised under the direction of the Coastal Preservation Manager and Environmental Director.


  • Contribute to the development of the 2020 State of the Beach Report, including research and jurisdictional outreach on the efficacy of coastal preservation policies. Review and analyze policy documents related to: sea level rise planning, development regulations, sediment management, and coastal armoring. 
  • Produce written content for the State of the Beach Report, Surfrider’s Coastal Blog, and other communication platforms on climate change and coastal policy issues.
  • Assist Surfrider staff in the development of policy documents and comment letters.
  • Assist in the development of brochures and fact sheets for Surfrider’s climate change and/or coastal preservation initiatives.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of local, state, and national coastal and ocean policy. With an emphasis on the Coastal Zone Management Act.
  • Ability to translate complex policy and law findings into common language.
  • Experience conducting thorough research projects and literature reviews.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program focused on marine policy or environmental management.
  • The intern's completion of the internship must result in academic credit.[1]

Start Time: June 2020
Duration: Flexible, 10 weeks minimum
Stipend: $5,000
Location: San Clemente, CA

To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:

Stefanie Sekich-Quinn  

Please include “Internship Application” in the email subject line.

Application Deadline:  February 20th, 2020.

Surfrider Foundation highly values diversity, equity and inclusion.  We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in volunteer opportunities, hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class under law. 

[1] To comply with the Department of Labor (DOL) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Surfrider Foundation can only accept unpaid internships if the intern receives academic credit and/or program hours for their internship participation. Only the academic institution and the student’s academic department can determine whether an opportunity aligns closely enough with the curriculum to warrant academic credit. The Surfrider Foundation has no authority to award academic credit. The unpaid internship is intended as an educational experience for the intern.