Hatteras, North Carolina
Unpaid internship, housing is provided
Mar 20, 2017
May 19, 2017
Job Level
Entry level
Salary Type

Internship Description

The Hatteras Island Ocean Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization searching for interns for the summer of 2017. The Ocean Center runs programs geared towards children and adults that are focused on ecotourism and environmental education. Interns at the Ocean Center will be actively involved with all tasks related to daily operations for the Center. Interns will also help forward the Center's mission of revitalizing the local economy of Hatteras Village.

Interns should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of running a nonprofit.


We are currently looking for interns with  backgrounds in

Biological Sciences

Earth Sciences

Environmental Science/Studies



Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management


Tasks and Responsibilities

50% - Run educational programs for children and adults

30% - Assist with the daily operations of the Center (greet visitors, give tours of the facilities, and running the cash register at the gift shop, etc....)

20% Help maintain the building and property (lawn work, cleaning, equipment and general maintenance).



Have a passion for ecotourism and environmental education

Must be outgoing and able to encourage conversations with visitors of all ages

Excellent oral and written communication

Student in their Junior year of college or higher preferred

Current valid CPR/First Aid Certification (or higher) preferred

GPA of 3.0 or higher

Able to work several hours outside in summer heat

Must be comfortable working in and around water and on watercrafts


Living Arrangements

Free housing (shared living space) is provided

Interns are responsible for their own living and travel expenses outside of housing arrangement

Jobs in village outside of working hours are permitted so long as they do not conflict with internship


Other Details

Internship dates are from May 22nd - August is 11th.

Internship is 12-weeks long


Other Opportunities

Interns will have the opportunity to volunteer with the National Park Service (NPS) on their Turtle Patrol and Nest Sitting initiatives.

On Turtle Patrol interns will accompany a Park Ranger or seasonal NPS staff member on an off-road vehicle to search for nesting sea turtle tracks, excavate nests, and perform necessary protocols associated with identification and marking of new sea turtle nests on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

During nest sitting interns will be able to educate and interact with the general public and ensure the safety of new sea turtle hatchlings at nest sites close to their hatching date. Interns will be responsible for raking out a path from the nest to the ocean, preventing visitors or animals from trampling the nest site or “turtle runway,” answering questions, and helping hatchlings to the ocean if problems arise.


How to Apply

If interested in this internship, please email your cover letter and resume to by March 26, 2017.

We will contact you within a day or two and let you know that we received your information.