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.

Upcoming INTERNSHIPS

Spring 2021

Application Period:

Sept 21st, 2020 - Oct 30th, 2020

Notification of Acceptance:

November 23rd, 2020

START DATE:

January 4th, 2021

END DATE:

May 1st, 2021

SUMMER 2021

Application Period:

Jan 18th, 2021 - Feb 26th, 2021

Notification of Acceptance:

March 22nd, 2021

START DATE:

May 10th, 2021

END DATE:

August 27th, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Period:

May 24th, 2021 - June 28th, 2021

Notification of Acceptance:

July 19th, 2021

START DATE:

September 6th, 2021

END DATE:

December 18th, 2021

Spring 2022

Application Period:

Sept 20th, 2021 - Oct 22nd, 2021

Notification of Acceptance:

November 15th, 2021

START DATE:

January 3rd, 2022

END DATE:

April 30th, 2022

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

CURRENT INTERNS

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

Ellen Hudson

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.

CRF ALUMNI

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

  • Callie

    Stephenson

    CRF Intern Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

    Current Position: Coral Nursery Technician

    After completing her internship with CRF™, Callie switched oceans to work with corals in Hawai'i. She applies skills she learned at CRF with the State of Hawai'i Department of Labor and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources, where she grows species of Hawaiian corals for mitigation-based restoration as part of the Coral Restoration Nursery team. To protect rare, uncommon, and endemic species of Hawaiian corals, she also contributes to the Hawaiian Coral Ark. Because of her time at CRF, Callie was able to refine her interests to find a position that combines a cause she believes in with work she genuinely loves.

  • Tony ​

    Young

    CRF Intern Spring 2014

    Current Position: Owner of Forever Young Charter Company

    Tony is licensed as a USCG captain, PADI elite dive instructor, EFR instructor, and holds multiple specialty instructor ratings. You’ll find Captain Tony accompanying guests on every charter. Forever Young Charter Co. is an owner-operated business.

     

  • Kristin

    Beem

    CRF Intern Spring 2015

    Current Position: Marine Technician 2

    Kristin is a marine technician at Oregon State University. She works mostly offshore on UNOLS oceanographic research vessels supporting scientists. She acts as a liaison between scientists and crew, working with the chief scientist and captain to complete the research mission. She also runs deck operations and handles onboard IT.  

  • Megan

    Wolverton

    CRF Intern Summer 2015

    Current Position: Support Analyst

    Megan works as an analyst for a technology company MentorCloud. She utilizes her experience in science and education to share knowledge and engage others in professional development and mentor/ mentee relationships. 

  • Maren

    Toor

    CRF Intern Spring 2016

    Current Position: Coral Biologist

    Maren now works in the Maldives running a coral restoration project to help restore the reef around a resort. CRF taught her the fundamentals of restoration that led to her current position.

  • Justine ​

    Dill

    CRF Intern Spring 2016

    Current Position: Biology Teacher

    Justine has recently been hired as a biology teacher on Long Island where she looks forward to inspiring and educating our future scientists. CRF and her time as an intern in the Maldives helped her gain valuable hands-on experience in restoration work, outreach and research techniques, which commonly came up throughout the interviews that led to her current teaching position. 

  • Natalia

    Schoenberg

    CRF Intern Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

    Current Position: Biological Technician 

    Natalia is working on the research and development team of the Catalina Sea Ranch, conducting research on invertebrate species. She is incredibly thankful for her time at CRF, for helping refine her dive skills and for teaching her that she could find a career in marine science outside of academia.

  • Melissa ​

    Heres

    CRF Intern Summer 2018

    Current Position: Senior at College of Charleston

    Melissa is studying Marine Biology with a minor in Environmental and Sustainable studies at the College of Charleston. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with CRF, as it was truly a stepping stone to learn more about coral restoration, fieldwork, and outreach practices, and an opportunity to work alongside talented people who are truly passionate about their work. 

  • Zoe

    Goozner

    CRF Intern Summer 2016

    Current Position: FWC Fisheries Biologist

    Zoe works under NOAA’s and NMFS’s fisheries monitoring program within FWC’s Research Institute, collecting biological samples from fish species to better inform the state’s fishing regulations. Her time with CRF opened her eyes to the importance of collaboration between local communities, state government, and non-profits to minimize the detrimental impacts on coral reefs.    

  • Megan

    Clampitt

    CRF Intern Spring & Summer 2018

    Current Position: Project Manager

    Megan is currently the Coral Restoration Project Manager at Velaa Private Island in the Maldives and also a Masters Candidate for an MSc in Science, Conservation and Valorization of Marine Resources through The Université Cote D’azur.

  • WERE YOU A

    CRF™ INTERN?

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    What are you doing now?

    If you were an intern at Coral Restoration Foundation™, we'd love to know what you're doing now!

     

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