Community outreach and Education internship


The AWSC Community Outreach and Shark Education Intern will play a critical role in delivering our mission to visitors at the Chatham Shark Center this summer, engaging guests of all ages and providing them with a memorable experience. The Internship is an intensive 14 week commitment, where most work weeks run Sunday to Thursday on an 830am-4pm schedule, with some weekend or evening work. The candidate will be given a schedule so they can plan accordingly for their summer. This is a two part internship that will provide the intern with the ability to develop their abilities in science communication, engage the community in shark education programs, and inspire shark conservation through working on one of our ecotourism programs.

Community Outreach

For this part of the internship, one will work at the Chatham Shark Center, the outreach facility of AWSC. Duties include, but are not limited to, developing and running special visitor programs; educating visitors and being available to answer research questions; engaging youth in hands on science activities; cleaning and organizing education spaces; day to day operations of the facility as a whole, and daily set-up and breakdown of programs. Due to the timing of some of our special events and education programs, the intern may be required to work outside of the typical 8:30am- 4pm schedule and may be needed on weekends.

The candidate in this position will also be representing AWSC at outreach programs sharing research updates and information with the public.


AWSC runs six sessions of summer programs during July and August. The candidate will assist the Educator of these programs for several of the learning labs during each session. This experience will provide the candidate an opportunity to learn classroom management skills, lesson planning, and experiential education practices.

Potential Interns should be pursuing a degree in (marine) science or education, have strong communication skills and enjoy working with children. They should be comfortable spending long days on their feet, and CPR and First Aid certifications are required. All Interns will receive intensive and thorough training in marine science topics, education pedagogy and the work of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. AWSC Interns will become more comfortable and confident teachers/presenters, gain outreach program development experience, and make valuable professional contacts for future scientific and/or educational endeavors.

This position requires the candidate to have a vehicle they can use for transportation.

This is an unpaid internship, but housing is provided. AWSC will work with the candidate’s college or university to complete any paperwork if the candidate would like to earn college credit for this internship. Please visit the internship page to review the general information for all AWSC internships prior to completing the application.