2021 Fall General Program Support Intern

Mission Statement

Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.

Job Description

Restore America’s Estuaries (“RAE”) is seeking interns for Fall 2021.  Interns have the opportunity to assist with various projects within a nationally-influential non-profit, and to learn, through hands-on support, how an NGO thrives while making a difference in the world.

Specific duties for this intern may include the following. 

  1. Creating a series of one-pagers to increase ease and effectiveness of outreach to Congress, the public, current and potential funders, scientists, and other interested parties.
  2. Conducting research for and implementing updates to the Coastal Restoration Toolkit website.
  3. Assisting with educating the new Congress and White House Administration on major coastal and estuarine policy and issues.
  4. Curating content for social media platforms, including RAE’s blog, Facebook page, or electronic newsletters.

Exact tasks will be determined throughout the internship period to ensure alignment with the intern’s personal goals and RAE’s needs.  Interns are expected to work virtually or onsite for a total of 8-15 hours per week; a mutually agreeable schedule will be determined during the onboarding process.


Interns will gain valuable experience and develop important skills during their tenure at RAE, including:

  1. Understanding how policy, research, and communications processes work within a non-profit organization
  2. Developing knowledge of science-based initiatives and how they impact governmental and public interests
  3. Interacting with professionals across the fields of science, grant administration, operations, and development
  4. Improving writing and graphical communication skills
  5. Learning the inner workings of an environmental conservation and restoration organization

This is an unpaid internship, but if permitted, course credit may be claimed for time spent in the internship by current students within their institute of learning.  RAE is happy to offer assistance with objective-setting, progress reports, and other criteria that may be needed to fulfill a course requirement. 

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter to Nicole Lekus, Operations Manager, at nlekus@estuaries.org by August 27, 2021.  Your letter should clearly articulate your interest in RAE and its objectives and specify how you would employ your particular skillset to further those objectives. Part of the goal of this program is to expand the number of people interested in careers in conservation, so no prior experience is necessary. Candidates will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview.

RAE prides itself on hard work, team spirit, and a mission to make our environment a better place.  We look forward to welcoming you as part of our team!