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Environment & Society

External Internship Opportunities

Our vision is a Chesapeake Bay and watershed that is healthy and thriving; one in which natural systems and human communities are in balance. Interdisciplinary academic programs promote the integration of environmental issues, social values, and good old river mud.

Internships offered by CES Partnership Organizations

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Summer Internships

Each summer, NOAA offers WAC students numerous opportunities to intern across the United States. Check back in Mid February for the 2016 summer details. For details for specific internship opportunities, please contact Dr. Andrea Lange. To apply, fill out this form and send it to alange2@washcoll.edu.


Orchard Point Oyster Co. 

Orchard Point Oyster Co. LLC, a small family-owned/operated oyster aquaculture farm on the Chester River, is looking for a motivated, hard-working individual to assist with farm operations. This individual will assist with crop husbandry, harvesting, equipment construction, and general farm tasks. Majority of work will be on the water on commercial vessels. Some work will be land-based.  

To learn more about Orchard Points visit their website: http://orchardpointoysters.com/

Position Requirements:

  • Individual must be in good physical shape; able to lift minimum of 50lbs, repeatedly
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Interest in environment and/or aquaculture preferred, but not essential
  • Individual should be able to take direction and work independently with good communication skills
  • Must be willing to work from sun-rise to mid-afternoon on a part-time schedule (flexible depending on class schedule). Land-WORK DAYS MAY BE MORE ALIGNED TO 9-5
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving large pick-up truck
  • Experience operating heavy machinery preferred, but not essential
  • Must be able to transport oneself to and from work (Rock Hall and Quaker Neck - varies)
  • Must be comfortable working on the water; nautical experience preferred, but not essential. Basic swimming sills strongly preferred.
  • Preference given to “handy” individuals
  • Willing to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a fluid learning curve

Time Frame/Duration:

April 1-May 31 w/option to extend into summer if staying in Chestertown for summer

(could potentially start in mid-march, depending on candidate and farm work load)

15-20 hours depending on class and work schedule



Base: $10/hour. Potential for more, depending on relevant work experience/qualifications


To Apply send Jamie Frees (jfrees2@washcoll.edu): 

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 2 References (contact information) 

Application Deadline: March 4th at 4:30 pm 

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The CBMM in St. Michaels, MD is offering a number of internships in the following areas (For more information on employment opportunities):

Communications & Special Events Intern

Curatorial Intern

Development Intern

Education Intern

Finance Intern

To apply, please email HR@cbmm.org your resume and a thoughtful cover letter which includes how the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum internship fits with your background and career goals and what you hope to achieve from the experience, as well as what you believe you can contribute. Also required for consideration is a copy of your most recent transcript, and a letter of recommendation. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age or sexual orientation.


Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy

Midshore RIVERKEEPER Conservancy (MRC) is a non-profit dedicated to the restoration and protection of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River watershed, Eastern Bay, and the Miles and Wye Rivers located in Maryland. MRC is looking for applicants for a summer internship position. Duties include: 

  • water quality monitoring 
  • oyster restoration 
  • environmental education activities including community kayak and children’s programs
  • monitoring of restoration projects 
  • community engagement and event planning
  • independent capstone project

Interested in learning more or applying? See the Internship Announcement OR contact Suzanne Sullivan at suzanne@midsoreriverkeeper.org by February 29, 2016. 


Phillips Wharf Environmental Center 

PWEC is actively recruiting for college students majoring in Biology, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Fishery Science, or related field who is ready for a “resume-building” opportunity. Interns work in direct contact with experienced environmental scientists and marine biologists. Duration is May 2016 – August 2016, with negotiable start and end dates. These positions are unpaid; housing is available. March 31, 2016. An on-site interview is required. 

To discuss the Internship program and specific opportunities, please contact Kayla Fairfield at 410-886-9200 or info@pwec.org.



Echo Hill Outdoor  Internship in Environmental and Adventure Education

Echo Hill Outdoor School provides residential learning experiences designed to introduce and acclimate children to the outdoors and foster awareness of and respect for themselves, each other and their environment. The program is flexible so as to meet the needs of a wide range of students, typically 3rd through 9th grade, from both public and private schools.

We are seeking motivated, energetic individuals who believe in the value of environmental education for children, enjoy being in the outdoors, and are committed to their personal growth as educators.

Internship Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist the teaching staff with all aspects of the school curriculum including planning, co-teaching and assessing classes.
• Overnight tent or cabin responsibility for groups of seven to ten children during the length of their stay (two to five days).
• Assist teaching staff in the supervision of students at all times (during meals, free time, etc). 
• Assist in the creation and implementation of new course and curriculum ideas.
• Active involvement in the end of week staff assessment of visiting groups and general operation.
• Minimal maintenance duties (upkeep of the campus and facilities), a responsibility of all our staff. 
• Completion of a special project of the intern’s design.
Interns are encouraged to create their own goals and objectives for their experience. The internship should be integrated into the intern’s course of study. It is extremely beneficial for the intern to maintain a journal throughout their tenure at Echo Hill.

To learn more and find out how to apply:
Other External Internship Opportunities 

 Lewes Historical Society’s annual summer Public History Internships 

Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve  

National Park Service/National Council for Preservation Education Historic Preservation Summer 2015 Internship