Sustainability Communications Internship

The Sustainability Communications Internship is not being offered in 2024.

Project Overview

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Sustainability and environmental stewardship are core values of the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML). Over the last 50 years, the island laboratory has built an innovative green power grid (utilizing solar and wind energy), water conservation programs, composting initiatives, and more! SML seeks a Sustainability Communications Intern to help us get the word out about our sustainability achievements. This paid internships will produce creative, engaging, and tech-forward communications materials for the Shoals Sustainability Program. The intern will work closely with the Sustainable Engineering Interns to learn the ins-and-outs of sustainability at SML.

The Sustainability Communications Intern will also be responsible for generating and curating regular content for a joint Unitil/SML brand awareness campaign. Projects may include, but are not limited to: blog posts, “live” social media videos, interviews, edited/scripted videos, photography, drafting press releases for media opportunities, etc.

This intern will be co-mentored by SML and Unitil communications experts. Mentoring will include career-building advice.


Applicants should be majoring in a field related to sustainability, communications, public relations, or marketing. Applicants should have strong written and oral communications skills and a deep interest in sustainability. Experience with video editing, website design, and social media best practices is a plus.

Project Mentors

Alec O'Meara (Media Relations Manager, Unitil)

On-Island Dates: TBD

Shoals Sustainability Symposium (virtual): TBD

Stipend: $800

Includes room & board for 4 weeks, and roundtrip vessel transportation from Portsmouth, NH to Appledore Island. Interns are responsible for their own transportation to/from Portsmouth, NH at the beginning and end of the internship.

The 2023 Shoals Sustainability Program is sponsored by Unitil.

One intern will be selected.

To Apply

  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Applicants should be prepared to upload (as separate files): cover letter, resume/CV, and unofficial transcripts.
  • Request two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a professor/faculty member. The second can be from a graduate student TA or employer.
  • No previous SML experience required.
  • Cornell and UNH students may be preferentially selected.

Note for international students: International students studying in the United States under an F-1 visa are eligible to work as a research intern at SML. Before applying, we encourage students to confirm with their academic institution about their eligibility for off-campus employment through a Curricular Practical Training (CPT) or other comparable program. Students not currently studying in the United States can also apply for a research internship but will be required to secure their own J-1 visa. Information on third-party assistance for J-1 applications can be found at the following website: