Business Operations Intern at Earthwatch

Business Operations Intern

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, United States

Position Type: Intern (unpaid)

Department: Field Research Expeditions


Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization that supports field research worldwide in ocean health, cultural heritage, climate change, and wildlife and ecosystems. Earthwatch supports field research that utilizes highly motivated non-specialist volunteers, also called citizen scientists, to collect data. As an intern in the Field Research Expeditions department you would assist with a variety of tasks relating to optimizing department processes, project management, and reporting on volunteer recruitment for the citizen science expeditions. Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.


Internships offer training in a variety of tasks and provide individuals an opportunity to be part of an exciting and dynamic team. This position focuses on business planning and operational management. Internship responsibilities may shift with seasonal needs of the Field Research Expeditions department. Responsibilities may include:

  • Creating and maintaining department performance reports

  • Developing IT specification documents

  • Participating in inventory management meetings

  • Assisting with managing and tracking the organizational inventory timeline

  • Reporting on inventory risks and availability

  • Building how to documents for department processes

  • Updating the website with essential information

  • Aggregating evaluation data to inform potential customer service and business process improvements

  • Analyzing volunteer fielding data to report on trends

  • Ad-hoc admin tasks as required


  • Interest in business operations or management (experience preferred)

  • Interest in the Earthwatch mission

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, preferably with data analysis

  • Experience using a CRM database

  • Highly motivated and a self-starter

  • Demonstrated flexibility, initiative, resourcefulness, and collaboration skills

  • Ability to multitask while staying organized

  • Detail-oriented and a team player

  • Sense of humor!

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. Although three or more months are preferred, we require a minimum commitment of one month and 120 hours.  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.

To apply, please submit all of the following items. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • A Cover Letter illustrating your qualifications, why you are interested in this internship, and what you are looking to gain from this internship.

  • A current resume, detailing relevant field and/or office experience.

  • Your availability (days per week, and months of availability).

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