Sustainability Communications Internship

Part of the 2018 Shoals Sustainability Program

Project overview:
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.

Dates: June 18 - July 16, 2018 (4 weeks)

Shoals Sustainability Symposium: July 14, 2018

Stipend: $800
Includes room & board for 10 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 2018 Shoals Sustainability Program is sponsored by Unitil.

One intern will be selected.

Internship Mentors:
Alexa Hilmer (External Relations Coordinator, SML)
Alec O'Meara (Media Relations Manager, Unitil)


Photo collage of wind turbine and solar panels on Appledore Island

What makes Shoals sustainable?

Brief overview of some of SML's many sustainability initiatives.

To apply:

All internship application materials must be received by 11:59pm on April 5, 2018.


  • Applicants should be prepared to upload (as separate files): cover letter, resume/CV, and unofficial transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Dr. David Buck ( At least one letter must be from a professor/faculty member. The second can be from a graduate student TA or employer.

  • Priority is given to students who have previous SML experience.

  • Cornell and UNH students may be preferentially selected for internships.

Email David Buck