Coasts and Climate Graduate Student Internship - Summer 2021

The Surfrider Foundation seeks to identify a graduate student for the Dillon Henry Memorial Internship for the summer of 2021. This unpaid internship will be based remotely due to COVID-19 with regular zoom meetings and conference calls (plus additional remote, fun activities planned with other Surfrider graduate and law student interns). The intern will receive a $7,500 stipend payment to defray living expenses. This position’s responsibilities include providing support to Surfrider’s Coasts and Climate initiative. The intern will be supervised under the direction of Surfrider’s Coastal Preservation Manager.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of the 2021 State of the Beach Report (SOTB). Surfrider has published the SOTB report for years, yet the 2021 report provides an exciting opportunity to analyze new policies being proposed by states to meet requirements under the Coastal Zone Management Act.
  • Primary responsibilities include: conducting policy/law research and analyzing policy documents related to climate change, 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, comment letters, and verbal testimony.
  • Assist in the development of climate change fact sheets and White Papers.

Desired Qualifications and Requirements:

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

Start Time: June 2021
Duration: Flexible, 10 weeks minimum
Stipend: $7,500
Location: Remote due to COVID-19.
To Apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and a short writing sample to:
Stefanie Sekich-Quinn
Please include “Internship Application” in the email subject line.
Application Deadline: February 21st , 2021

DEI Commitment:

The Surfrider Foundation is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, 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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[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.