Ocean Literacy Summit Coordination Intern

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 Summer 2018
Time Commitment: 2-3 Days per week through summer, flexible during fall

Ocean Literacy Summit Coordination Intern

 Position Summary:

The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) seeks an intern to assist with the planning and implementation of the Ocean Literacy Summit, which will be November 2018 in Boston, MA. This intern's duties will be focused primarily in communications and event logistics and will report to the NEOSEC Program Manager, who works out of the New England Aquarium. The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated individual looking to expand their knowledge of science communications and/or event planning in a conservation setting. An example would be a student transitioning from undergraduate to graduate studies, aiming to bolster their experience and connections in this field.


This internship is an opportunity to be based with New England Aquarium in Boston, and also to get experience and exposure working with a wide range of marine science and education professionals and institutions across New England.


The internship is unpaid, though work-study may be possible. Ideal hours would be between 10-20 hours/week. Remote work is a possibility, depending on the candidate.


About the event:


The ocean is the defining feature of our planet. Ocean Literacy means understanding the ocean's influence on you and your influence on the ocean. Advancing ocean literacy in New England is the commitment and goal of the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC). NEOSEC member institutions recognize that there are limited opportunities for education and science practitioners and researchers to share their expertise, and in 2006 created The Ocean Literacy Summit to provide important opportunities for formal and informal educators, ocean scientists, and policymakers to make connections.  Two hundred people attended the most recent Ocean Literacy Summit in Portland, Maine. The 7th biennial Summit will be in the fall of 2018, likely November 15 and 16th.


Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

- Assist Program Manager in working with the summit planning committee

- Work with Program Manager and the planning committee to organize sponsors, workshops, and exhibits.

- Manage website information and newsletter for content and distribution.

- Assist with conference promotion

- Assist with conference registration and communications

- Assist with a marketing plan and social media strategy

- Create and distribute other materials as necessary.

- Perform other position related duties as assigned.


- Currently pursuing undergraduate study, or have completed undergraduate study.

- High level of maturity and professionalism in working with other professionals

- Experience in event planning preferred.

- Strong written and verbal communication skills.

- Passionate about marine conservation education.

- Experience with basic Microsoft Office programs, social media sites, and other marketing platforms.

- Attention to detail and logistics a must.


Commitment: Flexible Monday through Friday schedule. Ideal candidate would commit through the event in November, even if schedule and availability is subject to vary over that time.


Organizational Description: The NEOSEC Collaborative is housed and supported by New England Aquarium. The New England Aquarium's mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects. This mission is fulfilled through exhibits, and through education, conservation and research programs.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience; seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community; adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship; and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, caring and action.


Department Description:

The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative leverages and strengthens the region's extraordinary ocean science and educational assets to advance understanding of the vital connections between people and the ocean.  To support this mission, member institutions:

  • Expand their collective capacity to bring ocean science to the public by working together and learning from each other.
  • Create and deliver programs to diverse audiences by working in partnership with people and organizations who share our mission.
  • Create and disseminate materials and programs that enable people of all ages, from diverse backgrounds and experience, to learn about the ocean.
  • Model innovative and effective methods for integrating ocean sciences and scientists into education and outreach efforts.

To Apply: 
Please follow this link to begin your application.