What is Seaside: Seaside Sustainability is a nationally recognized, award-winning 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to community engagement, public education, and environmental conservation. Seaside aims to be a leader in environmental and STEM educational programs and recognition initiatives. We help by promoting public awareness about the importance of environmental health, providing resources to develop problem-solving skills, and chances to get engaged as part of a community to take action. We organize our works and initiatives around these areas: plastic mitigation, marine citizen science, sustainability education, and solar energy in the community.
Why Intern at Seaside: Seaside’s internship program is hands-down one of the best in the area! With its roots firmly seated in education and hands-on learning, there is no doubt that that is why we have more than 50 interns at any given point throughout the year. Our programs and initiatives encourage members of the community, young and old, to build and nurture a relationship with local land and seascapes. An internship at Seaside allows you to explore a myriad of internship opportunities, relevant to almost any future interest. Join Seaside Sustainability for any season, or during breaks in your school schedule. We are looking for part-time interns in high school, college, and beyond to work on a diverse and challenging array of projects and initiatives. We are accepting applications for unpaid internships, with hours available any day of the week and practically any time of day: weekdays, weekends, and evenings included. We prefer to have our local interns work in person at the office in Gloucester, and we also invite interns from all over the United States and internationally to apply. Seaside Sustainability provides interns with real and meaningful work, and internships are available in any season with flexible time schedules.
Seaside Sustainability is now certified to give out the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” to eligible interns. This award was created to, “recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.” This is a great achievement to put on your resume!
What are the requirements to this award?
- Must be a citizen of the United States or a lawful permanent resident
- All hours must be completed within a 12-month period to be counted towards the final total
- All hours must be tracked in Seaside’s weekly shift report to be counted
What Interns Do at Seaside Sustainability: Our interns are not limited to just one role; we encourage each intern to take advantage of the opportunity to explore a variety of roles and responsibilities. Our interns are never bored as they’re always given real and meaningful work that is essential to the day-to-day operation of the company. As an intern with Seaside Sustainability, you will be asked to perform a myriad of tasks, most of which can also be found at https://www.seasidesustainability.org/intern-details
Market Research Weekly Work: We have been working on collecting critical contact information on schools, educators and administrators since 2017 in preparation to re-launch and manage our Green Scholars Program across the country!! To meet our weekly goals, all Seaside Sustainability interns are required to spend no more than 2-hours a week collecting this critical information! This activity is absolutely crucial to our program success, hence why interns dedicate part of their weekly time commitment to its completion. We have developed an entire process which our interns are trained in to make it as easy as possible for you! Interns that are in Seaside Sustainability’s management are not required to do this weekly market research.
Career-Related Goals: Depending on specific internship interests and individual learning goals, interns will be exposed to a wide range of experiences and opportunities throughout their internship with Seaside Sustainability. Our internships engage our interns in focused learning experiences where they receive guidance and resources to apply knowledge and skills to their emerging professional lives. With guidance, resources, and collaboration, interns have the opportunity to work on projects essential to the day-to-day operation of the company. Seaside will provide opportunities for practice and refinement of many skills inherent to an internship position, including how to:
- engage in a work environment (both in and out of the office) and present oneself professionally
- write professionally and research effectively
- navigate career-based decision making
- practice self-direction, self-sufficiency, and critical thinking
- use verbal communication skills in face-to-face and phone meetings
- gain hands-on experience in a fast-paced startup setting with constantly changing tasks
Supervision & Mentoring: All interns working for Seaside will be professionally mentored and supervised by our diverse staff. Our team is constantly available to assist interns, whether they work in the office or remotely. We will work tirelessly to ensure that all of our interns get the attention they need in order to achieve their internship goals. Interns also have the opportunity to learn from each other as there is much collaboration between both local and remote interns.
Course Credit: Students may receive course credit for this internship. Staff will work with the intern’s school/advisor on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork.
Requirements: Seaside Sustainability now requires interns to:
- Work a minimum of 240 hours over the course of their internship
- Work a minimum of 4 months over the course of their internship
- Work a minimum of 15 hours a week
How To Apply: To apply for an internship with Seaside Sustainability, please visit https://www.seasidesustainability.org/intern-details. Please fill out the online application to be considered for an internship position!
And remember to check out our partner organization National STEM Honor Society for another great internship opportunity!