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.
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.
Applicant should have at least 30 dives.
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, wetsuit, weights, and gloves.
Upon selection, candidates will be required to provide a dive physical, dive certifications and log-books, proof of DAN insurance, and proof of CPR/First Aid training.
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.
Applicant must be physically fit and able to work on the water and in the sun for long periods of time (eight hours a day several days in a row).
Coral Restoration Foundation reserves the right to accept or deny any applications regardless of minimum requirements met.
SCIENCE PROGRAM INTERN
Sabine recently graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. Growing up in Vietnam, Sabine had the opportunity to travel to multiple reefs in Asia and got her Junior Open Water certification at just 10 years old! Since then, Sabine has performed fish population abundance surveys for a Shark Conservation Project in Fiji, interned at an environmental consulting firm, worked in an aquatic invasive species lab, and attained her Rescue Diver certification. Sabine always knew she wanted to return to the ocean and applied to study abroad in Brisbane, Australia in her third year of university. There she took a marine field course studying the state of corals at the Heron Island Research Station in the Great Barrier Reef and was devastated to see its progressive state of decline. However, participating in CRF’s work, Sabine is filled with renewed optimism and hopes to inspire future generations towards a bluer and healthier planet.