Internship at Whale and Dolphin Conservation

Whale and Dolphin Conservation’s North American office is excited to offer a 12-week Conservation Outreach Internship to entry-level candidates interested in marine conservation. This opportunity will provide interns with transferable job skills and insight to the inner workings of a non-profit focused on the conservation of marine mammals.

This position is best suited for those who may not yet have practical experience in this field. Applicants should be eager to dive into new experiences and enjoy having a variety of tasks to work on. The primary responsibilities of this role focus on the implementation of WDC’s boater outreach programs (See A Spout, Whale SENSE, Sharing the Seas) Interns will build a strong set of skills working on components of these programs related to public outreach, including social media strategies, highlighting best practices, and communicating with stakeholders and project partners, while helping to track program budgets and fund allocations. Occasional opportunities to see whales at sea may also be possible, though no part of this position requires being in the water.

Upon completion of the internship, candidates will gain experience in:

  • Effective communication with a variety of audiences
  • Project and resource management
  • Day-to-day operations of a non-profit
  • How to engage with stakeholders
  • Program implementation and monitoring
  • Using a variety of platforms for outreach, including Canva, WordPress, and Facebook


We have one open position in 2022 for this temporary, full-time internship, which is available as early as May. We will consider both in-person and remote candidates to fill this role, which is a desk-based position. Regardless of whether in-person or remote, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they are legally eligible to work in the U.S. by the proposed starting date. If the internship will be in-person, successful candidates will need to make their own arrangements, as needed, for housing and transportation to and from the WDC office in Plymouth, MA, USA. Remote interns will need access to a computer and reliable internet access for the duration of the internship, and be available to work the majority of the time between the hours of 9am-5pm EDT.

Successful candidates are expected to work 40 hours a week for the 12 week period of the program; they will be compensated at a rate of $15/hour and a sum not to exceed $7,200 over the course of the 12 weeks.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and fluent in English. WDC will assist interested students in obtaining credits for the program through their college or university.

Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Whale and Dolphin Conservation embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We recognize that the field of marine mammal research and conservation lacks diversity, including within our own organization. WDC is dedicated to creating inclusive opportunities which represent diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.

Candidates in this internship will:

  • Have effective verbal and/or written communications skills
  • Be open to speaking with diverse groups of people
  • Have an interest in outreach initiatives
  • Act effectively as a member of a close-knit team
  • Have an attention to detail
  • Contribute creativity and new ideas to enhance existing programs
  • Be able to problem solve in unanticipated situations

Potential internship responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Participation in outreach events (virtual and/or in-person)
  • Writing blogs and managing program websites
  • Creating social media content
  • Informational video content creation
  • Researching and exploring potential outreach partnership opportunities
  • Relationship building with program participants

The deadline to apply is February 7th, 2022.

Learn more about available WDC internships and how to apply.

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