Local recruitment: Coasts and Climate Graduate Student Internship (Summer 2023)

Surfrider Foundation

United States 🇺🇸


Coasts and Climate Graduate Student Internship – Summer 2023

About Us: 

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches for all people through a powerful activist network. The Surfrider Foundation has achieved many important victories by persuading state, federal, and local decision makers to protect vital coastal and ocean resources. These accomplishments demonstrate the important role of recreational users in advancing coastal and ocean stewardship.

By joining the Surfrider Foundation, you will be welcomed into an open and inclusive network of incredibly supportive and collaborative people who work hard and play hard. You will have the opportunity to work with dedicated people who are also passionate coastal users with their feet in the sand and toes in the water. You help bring together diverse voices and perspectives to provide our community with the leadership and tools necessary to make a difference at their beach and in coastal communities across the United States. At Surfrider, we build leaders and we are problem solvers; our culture sets us apart and influences everything we do. Coastal recreation is fun and working at Surfrider is too. 

The Opportunity: 

The Surfrider Foundation seeks to identify a graduate student for the Dillon Henry Memorial Internship for the summer of 2023. The intern will receive a $7,500 stipend payment to defray living expenses. This internship will be remote due to COVID-19 and will include regular zoom meetings and conference calls (plus additional remote, fun activities planned with other Surfrider graduate and law student interns). The position’s responsibilities include providing support to Surfrider’s Coasts and Climate initiative. The intern will be supervised under the direction of Surfrider’s Sr. Manager, Coasts and Climate initiative.


  • Contribute to the development of the 2023 State of the Beach Report (SOTB).
    • Primary responsibilities include: conduct policy, law and legislative research and analysis on documents related to climate change, sea level rise planning, development regulations, sediment management, and coastal armoring.
  • Produce written content for the State of the Beach Report, Surfrider’s Coastal Blog, and other communication platforms on climate change and coastal policy issues.
  • Assist Surfrider staff in the development of policy documents, comment letters, and verbal testimony.
  • Assist in the development of climate change fact sheets and White Papers.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A passion to work on climate change issues.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and national coastal and ocean policy. With an emphasis on the Coastal Zone Management Act.
  • Experience conducting thorough research projects and literature reviews.
  • Ability to translate complex policy and law findings into common language.
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.
  • Proficient with Google Docs, Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program focused on coastal policy or environmental management.
  • The intern’s completion of the internship must result in academic credit. 1

Start Time: June 2023
Duration: Flexible, 10 weeks minimum
Stipend: $7,500
Location: Remote due to COVID-19
Application Deadline: March 1, 2023
To Apply: Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and a short writing sample to: Stefanie Sekich at Ssekich@surfrider.org. Please include “Internship Application” as the email subject.

The Surfrider Foundation is committed to fostering a just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organization for all people who protect and enjoy the world’s ocean, waves, and beaches. Our success and impact depends on learning from our community, standing in solidarity with our allies and working towards a more just future, both for our organization and the environmental movement as a whole. The Surfrider Foundation is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace that is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. Together we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, Veteran status, or any other protected class. To learn more about our Justice, equity, diversity and inclusion commitments, please visit: https://www.surfrider.org/pages/diversity-equity-inclusion

1 To comply with the Department of Labor (DOL) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Surfrider Foundation can only accept unpaid
internships if the intern receives academic credit and/or program hours for their internship participation. Only the academic institution and the
student’s academic department can determine whether an opportunity aligns closely enough with the curriculum to warrant academic credit.
The Surfrider Foundation has no authority to award academic credit. The unpaid internship is intended as an educational experience for the




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