Sustainability Communications Internship

Part of the 2022 Shoals Sustainability Program,
powered by Unitil

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.


On-Island Dates: June 13 - July 11, 2022

Shoals Sustainability Symposium (virtual): July 8th, 2022

Stipend: $200/week
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 2021 Shoals Sustainability Program is sponsored by Unitil.

One intern will be selected.

Internship Mentors:
Alec O'Meara (Media Relations Manager, Unitil)


Photo collage of wind turbine and solar panels on Appledore Island

To apply:

  • 2022 Application HERE
  • Application Deadline: February, 25th 2022
  • 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.

Email Dr. David Buck