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Education Internship #1: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary office in Monterey, CA (with hybrid options)

Website Accessibility Intern:

Working with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary staff, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation is seeking a part-time intern to support the preparation of PDFs, photos and videos for the upcoming web refresh. Specifically, developing the accessibility components (e.g. Alt Text) for a wide variety of web components.

The intern will work with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Webmaster and other sanctuary staff to develop the accessibility components required for the web update

As part of this internship, you will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Understanding the importance of accessibility of public resources for non-visual people
    • Learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how MBNMS is implementing this for website improvement
    • Learn the basic components of developing alternate text (alt text) to describe visual components of the website
  • Expanded use of Adobe Acrobat Pro
    • Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro in conjunction with MS Word to develop and insert alt text for a variety of readers
  • Interpreting images and documents
    • Learn basic scientific information about the sanctuary, it’s habitats, inhabitants and MBNMS programs
    • Learn how to best interpret what the reports, images, tables, charts, etc. mean for a non-visual audience
  • Skills which will help the intern be successful in this role:
    • Detail oriented; well organized
    • Self-motivated, independent worker with excellent follow-through
    • Interested in interpreting science concepts
    • Interest in making public information more accessible
    • Creative and excited to learn
    • Interested in marine conservation


  • Required:
    • Interested in developing written and communication skills
    • Proficient in MS Office
    • Some experience with Adobe Acrobat Pro
    • Some basic marine science knowledge for interpretation purposes
  • Preferred:
    • At least two years of college experience, or equivalent experience

Work Location, Timing and Pay

The main work location will be the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary office in Monterey, CA (with some flexibility). Work hours will also be flexible (anticipated 15-20 hours/week). The duration of the internship is 6 – 7 weeks (depending on the number of hours worked per week), starting in August 2023. The intern will be paid in monthly stipends for a total of $2000 for the full internship.

How To Apply:

To apply, send the following to Deputy Superintendent Dawn Hayes at

  • A current resume including education and work or other internship experience
  • A brief cover letter outlining:
    • Any past experience with the position requirements outlined above
    • Your interest in marine sanctuaries or ocean protection
    • Your current college enrollment and credit hours earned to date, and
    • Your weekly schedule availability
  • Contact information for two professional references (e.g., past teachers or supervisors)

Staff lead: Andrew White

For more information, please download this PDF from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Foundation

Reviewed: April 11, 2024
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