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INTERNSHIPS

LAUNCH YOUR CAREER 

 

Interns can expect to be challenged, mentored, and inspired, working with a dynamic team that is dedicated to helping them find their focus.

 

CORAL CONSERVATION AND REEF RESTORATION INTERNSHIP

Our Coral Conservation and Reef Restoration Internship introduces individuals to the nonprofit sector of marine conservation, focusing on the restoration of coral reef ecosystems.

  • Internships last 4 months and are full-time volunteer positions.

  • Interns gain a vast amount of experience through participation in our community engagement programs, daily operations, and fieldwork.

  • During their first semester, each intern will be mentored while they undertake a personal intern project.

  • Interns who wish to progress further have the chance to be considered for positions as Lead Interns during a second semester, and then Program Interns during a third semester.

  • Interns will be provided with a small educational stipend to offset living costs.

  • Interns must currently be eligible to work in the U.S..

Upcoming INTERNSHIPS

FALL 2024

Application Period:

May 20th - June 27th, 2024

Notification of Acceptance:

July 26th, 2024

START DATE:

September 2nd, 2024

END DATE:

December 20th, 2024

SPRING 2025

Application Period:

September 16th – October 25th 2024

Notification of Acceptance:

November 22nd, 2024

START DATE:

January 6th, 2025

END DATE:

May 4th, 2025

SUMMER 2025

Application Period:

January 20th – February 28th, 2025

Notification of Acceptance:

March 24th, 2025

START DATE:

May 12th, 2025

END DATE:

August 24th, 2025

FALL 2025

Application Period:

May 26th –  July 4th, 2025

Notification of Acceptance:

July 28th, 2025

START DATE:

September 1st, 2025

END DATE:

December 21st, 2025

If there is interest in completing a doctoral or master's thesis through this program, all inquiries regarding this must be disclosed and approved before acceptance into the internship.

Please email info@coralrestoration.org for more info.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS

Age & Academic Status

 

Applicant must be 21+ years of age or older.

 

Applicant should be enrolled in an undergraduate program having completed at least two years of study at an accredited college or university,  be in enrolled in a graduate program, or be a  recent graduate from a  college or university.

 

Preference will be given to students who have studied or are studying marine science, specifically coral reefs.

Diving

Applicant should have at least 30 dives; 15 of which must be ocean dives and 5 from a boat. Applicant must have at least one logged dive within a year of the start date of the internship. 

 

Preference will be given to those with Advanced Open Water dive certification and higher, those with boat diving experience, and those with ocean diving experience.

 

All dive gear (excluding tanks) must be provided by the intern. This means: BCD, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel, dive computer, wetsuit, weights, and gloves.

 

Upon selection, candidates will be required to provide a dive physical, dive certifications, and log-books as well as proof of active dive insurance, active CPR/First Aid certification, active Oxygen Administration certification, and proof of regulator purchase/servicing.

All selected candidates' dive status is pending the approval of their dive physical by our DSO and Dive Safety Board and proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Other requirements

 

Housing and reliable vehicular transportation must be provided by the intern. Applicants should keep in mind the cost of living in the Florida Keys can be between $800 and $1,200 monthly. Rent will be less expensive if intern teams share living spaces.

Work requires high levels of physical exertion and/or physical strain. Must be able to carry 65 pounds and able to lift 35 pounds overhead. This position is expected to perform 3 shallow-water scuba dives for up to 5 consecutive days per week. Work environment involves frequent exposure to various elements (sun, heat, wind, rain, cold, etc). Typical work week is 5 days a week, inclusive of weekends or designated days off. Additionally, a willingness to travel and work flexible hours is essential.

Coral Restoration Foundation reserves the right to accept or deny any applications regardless of minimum requirements met.

CURRENT INTERNS

Our current interns join us from around the country, each with unique academic backgrounds and ambitions.

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KARLEY FEATHER

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING PROGRAM INTERN

Karley grew up in a small landlocked town in Pennsylvania but has always loved the water. At a young age, she fell in love with photography and that love led her on a path to pursue a career behind the camera. At 17 she tried scuba diving for the first time and instantly fell in love with the breathtaking underwater world. While completing her BA in communications with an art minor at Penn State, she was simultaneously working towards a career in scuba diving and developing her passion for underwater photography. In her junior year, she completed a social media/marketing and coral restoration internship for Marine Conservation Costa Rica. It was here she earned her PADI instructor certification and committed herself to restoring our reefs. After graduating in the fall of 2021, she went on to live in Indonesia to complete a Cambridge International Marine Science course through SORCE. Now as an intern at CRF, she is eager to combine her love for underwater photography and communications with her passion for restoring our reefs! 

CRF ALUMNI

Our interns have gone on to do some amazing things! Where are they now?

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