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We offer internships to enrolled college students interested in pursuing marine science and advocacy careers. Our work involves water quality monitoring and analysis, advocacy through our Baykeeping program, and community engagement. Our staff includes scientists, communications and education experts, and a Casco Baykeeper who serves as the lead advocate for the health of the Bay.

Each internship opportunity will vary based on the needs of the organization during the internship time frame. Friends of Casco Bay offers internships at three times of the year: Spring (January 2018 – May 2018), Summer (May 2018 – August 2018), and Fall (September 2018 – December 2018). Summer internships have a stronger field science component, while Fall and Spring internships include more policy work. Spring internships may include legislative experience. All internships include some element of community engagement work.

We require interns to possess a strong academic background with course studies in environmental policy and/or marine sciences. Our ideal candidates will enjoy working both with other staff and independently, have superior research and writing skills, and have a passion for the marine environment.

We do not provide paid internships. When outside funding is available, we help meet report-back requirements to facilitate interns receiving the funds. We can provide externship supervision, so that internships can be done for college credits.

Our philosophy is to provide students an experience that exposes them to nearly all aspects of our operations at Friends of Casco Bay, while engaging them in projects that will foster growth in their main area of interest. Interns will learn how to conduct water quality sampling, how to develop advocacy positions based on sound science, and how to engage the broader community in our mission. We have a strong track record of providing internships that teach students, engage them meaningfully in our work, and help them shape their career goals.

The schedule is flexible, with part-time hours set by agreement. Some evening and weekend work may arise; for example, the intern may wish to participate in a public event we schedule for an evening or weekend. Primary hours will be 8:30 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday, as that is when our office is open. Qualified applicants will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.


  1. Enrolled in college; course work in marine sciences, sciences and/or marine/environmental policy
  2. Experience with community events or organizing
  3. Strong research and writing skills
  4. Comfortable aboard vessels
  5. Experience with water quality monitoring preferred for Summer interns
  6. Experience with research and writing for Fall and Spring interns
  7. Valid Driver’s License and access to a vehicle preferred

Application deadlines:

Summer Internship (May-August): February 1

Interviews will take place in February. We expect to complete offers by March 15.

Fall Internship (September-December): May 15

Interviews will take place in late May and Early June. We expect to complete offers by July 1

Spring Internship (January-May): October 1 of the previous year

Interviews will take place in October. We expect to complete offers by November 15.

Documents Required to Apply:

  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Writing Sample
  • Phone and email addresses for two references

If you are interested in an internship with Friends of Casco Bay, please fill out our internship application.

Friends of Casco Bay Internship Application

Please review this application thoroughly and compile all of your materials before starting it. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Lyman at slyman [at] cascobay [dot] org.
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