Research Associate Intern

Boston, MA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Earthwatch supports field research that utilizes highly motivated non-specialist volunteers, also called citizen scientists, to collect data. The Research Department is responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and recommending research proposals for funding and supporting researchers throughout their Earthwatch careers. Earthwatch supports cutting-edge science through field-based expeditions that address: • What is changing? (Discovery) • Why is it changing? (Understanding) • What can we do? (Action). Research Associate Interns will assist the Research Department in a variety of tasks to help support the research team and Earthwatch scientists. Applicants accepted on a rolling basis.


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: 

  • Tracking impacts of field-based research projects on local ecological systems, socio-cultural systems, management plans, and on regional, national, and international policies 
  • Evaluating project contributions to the increase of scientific knowledge through scientific peer reviewed journal articles 
  • Data entry and management 
  • Writing scientific outputs and outcomes of Earthwatch projects in a way that is accessible to the public, and that may highlight the collective impacts of the Earthwatch model as we approach our 50th year anniversary in 2021 
  • Creating a product (presentation and report) based on personal interests in alignment with organizational needs 


This is an office-based position. Ideal candidates will have:

  • Understanding of biology, ecology, environment, anthropology, and/or sustainability 
  • Good attention to detail 
  • Adaptability, multi-tasking skills, independent work management skills, and the ability to be a self-starter 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel (we will provide training in working with Microsoft Access, the primary relational database we use for tracking project outputs, outcomes, and impacts

As part of Earthwatch’s Intern Program, interns earn expedition credits and travel stipends that can be used towards a qualified Earthwatch Expedition. Interns are also invited to participate in Earthwatch activities. We require a minimum commitment of 120 hours over a minimum of one month. We also encourage use of the internship for academic credit, thesis, or practicum work towards degree or certificate programs, and can work with student advisors to align our needs with such programs as possible.

All applicants must make their own living arrangements for them to stay within commuting distance to Boston, placement will be based on qualifications and availability.

To apply, please submit one document in the resume field below containing all of the following items. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

  • A Cover Letter illustrating your qualifications, why you are interested in this internship, and what you are looking to gain from this internship 
  • A current resume, detailing relevant office and/or field experience 
  • Your availability (days per week, and months of availability) 
  • Full contact information for three professional and/or personal references 
  • A recent writing sample excerpt (1 page max)