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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.
Our current interns join us from around the country, each with unique academic backgrounds and ambitions.
SCIENCE PROGRAM INTERN
Ellen graduated with a B.S. in Marine Science and a minor in Environmental Policy, Institutions and Behavior from Rutgers University in 2017. Growing up in New Jersey, her summers were largely spent boogie-boarding and building sand castles at the Jersey shore. It was her first Discover Scuba in Bermuda at the age of 13, however, that sparked her passion for coral reefs and diving. During her undergrad at Rutgers she took part in a study abroad program in Little Cayman, where she monitored the bleaching severity of corals around the island and had her first coral nursery and out-planting experience. It was here that she learned about the Coral Restoration Foundation™, and it quickly became her dream to be a part of the CRF™ team. Recently, she completed her Divemaster certification and is absolutely ecstatic about joining the CRF™ team in beautiful Key Largo. She is excited to do her part to restore this amazing ecosystem and hopes to inspire others to protect and conserve it for generations to come.
Our interns have gone on to do some amazing things! Where are they now?
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