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Program Associate 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

Position Type: Internship, unpaid

Department: Program

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.

This Program Intern will assist in a variety of tasks that aim to engage and inspire confident ambassadors who are passionate about supporting sustainability within their organization and their community.


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:

  • Conduct research to support ongoing partnerships.
  • Analyze potential research partners whose research and interests provide a fitting platform for corporate sustainability.
  • Review and process participants’ reports and evaluations.
  • Assess the impacts of field-based research projects on funded partners and their stakeholders and create case studies to further the mission and communication to our partners.
  • Assist Earthwatch staff in the field for local “scientist for a day” initiatives on water quality and urban forests.


It is beneficial for applicants to have:

  • Basic understanding of sustainability and an interest in sustainable business.
  • Demonstrated flexibility, initiative, resourcefulness, and collaboration.
  • Strong ability to multitask, handle details and to maintain organization.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and abide by the data protection guidelines.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Fluency in any foreign language is a plus.
  • Have a basic understanding of Microsoft applications, especially Microsoft Excel.


Interested applicants are welcome to send the following materials to

  • A current resume, detailing relevant experience.
  • A 1-page cover letter illustrating your qualifications, why you are interested in working at Earthwatch, and what you are looking to gain from this internship.
  • Your availability (days per week, and months of availability).
  • Full contact information for three personal and/or professional references.

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 3 months. 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.


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