Position Title:  Marine Pathways Intern, Ocean Foundation

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Position Overview

The Ocean Foundation, through its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (D.E.I.J.) program, is seeking a Marine Pathways Intern to support our Programs Department with tasks related to database management, strategic planning, written content production and more.

In particular, the intern will work alongside the D.E.I.J. Committee to implement several activities that push the needle forward in driving diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice values across the organization and marine conservation sector. The intern will also focus a percentage of their time supporting TOF’s Blue Resilience Initiative.

The Marine Pathways Intern will be exposed to many programs, and given the opportunity to network with conservation professionals during their time with TOF.

Marine Pathways Internship Overview

TOF’s Marine Pathways Internship (MPI) Program provides a holistic, rewarding internship experience for its interns. The University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability conducted a study in 2018 on diversity pathway programs in environmental organizations that were designed to provide a stepping stone for racial minorities in the environmental field. The study looked exclusively into environmental organizations and found that out of the 1,039 organizations studied, less than 17% had diversity pathway programs (e.g. internship; scholarship; outdoor education, etc.), and of that 17%, less than 4% had more than one type of pathway program. We believe The Ocean Foundation can play a critical role by contributing to fill this gap by continuing to invest in this program.

In this position, the marine pathways intern will be assigned an internal and external mentor who will provide professional development support during the intern’s tenure at The Ocean Foundation. This is a paid internship for undergraduates. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+, and individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Ideal Candidates

The Ocean Foundation looks for applicants that demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the environmental and social change fields; are passionate about conservation issues; exhibit a willingness to contribute to our programs and expand their networks; able to adapt in a fast-paced environment.

How to Apply

Please upload a resume and a cover letter consisting of no more than 250 words answering the prompt below. Applications must be submitted no later than October 10 and the Start Date will be November 1, 2021.

Cover letter prompt: Please discuss how this internship will be able to benefit you in your future career aspirations.


Compensation will be made at $18/hour, 29 hours per week for a period of 12-weeks.

About The Ocean Foundation

The Ocean Foundation is a unique community foundation with a mission to support, strengthen, and promote those organizations dedicated to reversing the trend of destruction of ocean environments around the world. TOF works with donors who care about our coasts and ocean to provide financial resources to marine conservation initiatives through the following lines of business: Committee and Donor Advised Funds, Fiscal Sponsorship Fund services, and Consulting services. TOF’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals with significant experience in marine conservation philanthropy, complemented by an expert, professional staff and a growing international advisory board of scientists, policy makers, educational specialists, and other top experts. We have grantees, partners, and projects on all the world’s continents. We advance innovative, customized philanthropic solutions for individual, corporate and government donors. We simplify giving so donors can focus on their chosen passion for the coasts and ocean. For more information visit  https://oceanfdn.org/

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