Science, Policy and Communication 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 remote as Surfrider Foundation’s headquarters in San Clemente, California has limited access due to COVID-19. The intern will receive a $7,500 stipend payment to defray living expenses. This opportunity allows for a graduate student to gain hands-on experience in reviewing environmental policies, synthesizing scientific literature, informing advocacy efforts, developing outreach materials, and providing support for Surfrider’s environmental campaigns and programs. The intern will be supervised under the direction of the Surfrider Foundation’s Staff Scientist.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and synthesize information on emerging issues in ocean and coastal science.
  • Develop resources to enhance environmental literacy among the Surfrider network, including contribution to a Surfrider University mini-series on emerging topics in ocean science and policy.
  • Produce content for Surfrider’s Coastal Blog, Beachapedia and other communication platforms on coastal and ocean policy issues.
  • Build online engagements for Surfrider supporters and the public on ocean and coastal advocacy campaigns.
  • Assist in the development of brochures and fact sheets on Surfrider’s initiatives.
  • Review and analyze policy documents, including permit applications and environmental impact statements.
  • Assist Surfrider staff in generating research to develop policy memoranda and comment letters.

Desired Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Experience conducting thorough research assignments and literature reviews.
  • Ability to effectively translate complex scientific literature and findings into common language.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and national coastal and ocean policy.
  • Proficient with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program focused on environmental communication, coastal science, marine policy or environmental management.
  • Completion of the internship must result in academic credit.[1]

Start Time: June 2021
Duration: Flexible, 10 week minimum
Stipend: $7,500
Location: Remote, due to COVID-19

To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to: Katie Day at Please include “Summer Internship Application” in the email subject line.

The application deadline is February 22nd, 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.