Earthwatch is an international environmental nonprofit organization that engages people in scientific field research and education. To achieve our mission, we offer research expeditions at exciting locations around the globe. Participants on these expeditions assist top scientists as they investigate important questions about how we can better protect our planet.
Location: Boston, MA
Position Type: Internship, unpaid
Days per Week: 3 to 5
As the largest international non-profit organization supporting “citizen science,” since 1971 Earthwatch has sponsored over 1000 field research projects in 55 countries across the globe. Earthwatch projects produce cutting-edge science that contributes to long-term monitoring efforts, conservation and policy agendas, management plans, educational initiatives, and builds local partnerships to sustain research and conservation agendas. Earthwatch expeditions and field research centers link public and corporate volunteers, educators, and community trainees with international scientists working to conserve biomes, species, and cultures.
Research Associate Interns will assist the Research Department in a variety of tasks relating to the outcomes and impacts of field research projects Earthwatch supports in four Research Areas: Climate Change, Ecosystem Services, Oceans, and Cultural Heritage. Interns will evaluate projects’ achievements relating to conservation, education, publication, environmental impacts, long-term legacy, capacity building, and partnerships.p>
Internships offer training in a variety of tasks and provide individuals an opportunity to be part of an exciting and dynamic team. Internship responsibilities may shift with seasonal needs. Responsibilities may include:
- Assessing the impacts of field-based research projects on local ecological systems, socio-cultural systems, management plans, and on regional, national, and international policies.
- Evaluating links between scientific results/recommendations with on-the-ground application, effective partnerships, and community-based initiatives, including ecotourism.
- Evaluating the increase of scientific knowledge through of scientific peer reviewed journal articles and other media.
- Writing the scientific outputs and outcomes of Earthwatch projects in a way that is accessible to the public on the web.
It is beneficial for applicants to have:
- Understanding of biology, ecology, environment, anthropology, or any of the areas of science that Earthwatch supports.
- Self-starter, flexible, and able to multi-task.
- Experience with ArcGIS is a plus.
Please submit one document containing the following items to Gitte Venicx, Research Program Manager at to email@example.com:
- A current resume, detailing relevant field and/or office experience.
- A Cover Letter illustrating your qualifications, why you are interested in this internship, and what you are looking to gain from this internship.
- Your availability (days per week, and months of availability).
- Full contact information for three professional and/or personal references.
- A recent writing sample excerpt.
Earthwatch interns can take part in the Intern Credit Program in which they receive credits to use towards a qualified Earthwatch expedition and are invited to participate in all Earthwatch activities. We require a minimum commitment of 120 hours over a minimum of 1 month. We also encourage use of the internship for academic credit, thesis, or practicum work towards degree or certificate programs.
We are only able to accept-Massachusetts based applicants into the program, or those with a confirmed place to stay within commuting distance to Boston. Applicants must currently be eligible to work in the United States. All interns are required to have individual health insurance. Placement will be subject to qualifications and availability.
No phone calls please.