Experiential Learning Intern at Earthwatch

Experiential Learning 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 recruiting volunteers to participate in citizen science and experiential learning trips, with a focus on high school aged groups. Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.


Internships offer training in a variety of tasks and provide individuals an opportunity tobe part of an exciting and dynamic team. This position focuses on key sales strategies including lead generation, lead prospecting, and market research. Internship responsibilities may shift with seasonal needs of the Field Research Expeditions department. Responsibilities may include:

  • Lead Prospecting via online research, identify:

    • high-achieving high school science teachers
    • high schools with strong science programs for potential partnership
    • high schools with robust student travel programs
    • top Masters of Education programs for secondary science teaching
    • professional development groups for teaching in environmental science, sustainability and student research
    • zoos and aquariums with student volunteer programs
  • Assisting partner high schools in developing local fundraising opportunities

  • Data entry of leads collected from conferences, events, and online research

  • Planning and coordination of volunteer outreach events (e.g. conferences, clubs and businesses)

  • Conduct market research on similar programs offered at target high schools


    • Interest in environmental education, non-profit business development, student travel, and environmental research

    • Strong desire to take part in the Earthwatch mission

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel

    • Experience writing and editing

    • 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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