Summer 2020 Graduate Student Environmental Communication and Policy Internship

The Surfrider Foundation seeks to identify a graduate student for the Dillon Henry Memorial Internship for the summer of 2020. This unpaid internship will be based at Surfrider Foundation’s headquarters in San Clemente, California and the intern will receive a stipend payment of $5,000 to defray living expenses. This opportunity allows for a graduate student to gain hands-on experience in reviewing and synthesizing scientific literature, informing environmental policy, 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.

Internship Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and synthesize information on emerging issues in ocean and coastal science.
  • Develop resources to enhance environmental literacy among 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 Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program focused on environmental communication, coastal science, 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 week minimum
Stipend: $5,000
Location: San Clemente, CA

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.

Application deadline: February 8th, 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.