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MBNMS Education Internships

Education Internship #1: Sanctuary Exploration Center, Santa Cruz

Sanctuary Exploration Center Community Engagement Intern:

The Community Engagement Intern will assist with coordinating activities around public events and interpretive programs over the course of the summer. Specifically, the intern will lead hands-on interpretive activities at "pop-up" stations during open hours, and assist with the planning and coordination of public events throughout the summer. Additionally, the Community Engagement intern will assist with several aspects of public visitation including working at the front desk when necessary. Interns are asked to commit 15-30 hours per week for at least 8 weeks over the summer. Exact internship dates are flexible based on applicants but should fall between May 30th–September 15th.


  • An interest in the natural world, teaching, and enthusiasm for the environment
  • Enjoy interacting with the public and being a proactive member of a team, including being dependable and responsible
  • Thorough understanding of Google Drive and Google Suite (Sheets, Slides, Docs, Forms)

Essential Duties:

  • Assisting with the planning and coordination of at least two large public events over the course of the summer
  • Creating and distributing promotional information around special events and posting to various local community calendars and event sites
  • Designing public activities during special events such as public scavenger hunts on the Santa Cruz Wharf and hands-on activities such as crafts
  • Support the implementation of hands-on activities at interpretive pop-up stations throughout the Sanctuary Exploration Center during open hours. Current pop-up topics include: Marine Mammals, Marine Debris & Microplastics, Plankton Exploration, Responsible Wildlife Viewing
  • Work with the Exploration Center Education Specialist to learn public communication and interpretation techniques to put into practice when leading pop-up stations
  • Assisting the rest of the visitor services team to fill in roles during regular public open hours


Interns will have the opportunity to network with leaders within Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and present their project at a Monterey Bay Sanctuary staff meeting, soliciting feedback and input from Sanctuary researchers and conservation staff members. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in field experiences throughout the Sanctuary including the intertidal and slough habitats.

Staff lead: Chelsea Prindle

Education Internship #2:


MBNMS accepts applications year-round. To apply for an internship position, please complete and submit (via mail, fax or e-mail) the attached application to:

Dawn Hayes, Deputy Superintendent 
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary 
99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 455A 
Monterey, CA 93940 
Fax: (831) 647-4250 
Phone: (831) 647-4256