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Education Programs Internship

Organization Description: The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC), established in 2012, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support scientific research, educate the community, improve public safety, and inspire shark conservation. 

Position Summary: The AWSC Education Intern will play a critical role in delivering our mission to participants in our education and outreach programs. In this position, the Education Intern will assist at the AWSC summer programs, outreach events, and Shark Center programs, and will also be a naturalist onboard one of our ecotourism boats, working in collaboration with Chatham Bars Inn.

Internship Period and Schedule: The internship period is from June 5th through Labor Day. Interns work 30-34 hours per week, and follow a Monday to Friday schedule.

  • Engage community members at outreach events. These events can be located on Cape Cod or throughout the New England region. Events will be with AWSC’s Community Engagement Manager.
  • The candidate will help lead educational programs at the Shark Center. Programs include shark dissections, fossil activities, and more.
  • Assist in the planning of our AWSC summer programs, working with our summer program educator, and leading labs and activities with youth at the program.
  • Lead Shark Receiver Tour aboard a small vessel three days a week. This is one of our ecotourism programs, in which you travel Chatham Harbor and educate guests about shark research.
  • Other projects and tasks, as needed.
Qualifications: Applicants should be pursuing a degree in marine science, environmental conservation, education, or a related field. Must be self-motivated, personable, and hardworking. The applicant should also have the ability to interact effectively with staff and work both independently and collaboratively in a small nonprofit environment. CPR and First Aid are required, and if selected, interns are required to complete a criminal background check. Candidates are required to have their own means of transportation for this position.
Ideal candidates should have experience in and be looking to grow the following skills:
·Science communication
·Public speaking
·Ability to engage audiences of all demographics
·Ability to spend long days on their feet
·Curriculum planning
·Informal education programming

Training: All Interns will receive intensive and thorough training in marine science topics, education pedagogy and the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Interns will also participate in a media training and will work with various AWSC staff during the training period. 

This is an unpaid internship, but housing is provided. AWSC will work with the candidate’s college or university to complete any paperwork if the candidate would like to earn college credit for this internship. Please visit the internship page to review the general information for all AWSC internships prior to completing the application.

Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited university or college program at the undergraduate or graduate level OR be a recent college graduate to be eligible to apply for an Atlantic White Shark Conservancy internship. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. Diversity of opinions, experiences, and backgrounds is a key asset.