Project Seagrass

Advancing seagrass conservation through education, influence, research and action  

Internships and Work Experience

At Project Seagrass we run an internship program that provides motivated and academically-promising students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real‐world arena. During their internship, students generally work closely with our staff on personal research projects, which can either contribute to a dissertation or thesis or later be published. The research projects we conduct are on cutting edge issues in seagrass conservation and policy, and in the past our interns have helped us discover new seagrass meadows here in the UK, trailed new techniques for mapping seagrass with UAV's and contributed to linking over 700+ tropical fish species to seagrass meadows across South East Asia. Most of the internship opportunities are geared towards undergraduate students wishing to conduct placements or graduate students pursuing a masters degree.


For internship positions, we seek individuals with excellent communication skills, substantial knowledge or professional experience in marine or environmental science or policy, and who share our commitment to the preservation of seagrass meadows and biological diversity.  We also prefer candidates who have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision.

Internship Structure

Although we're open to negotiations as per the requirements of your degree scheme or interest, we operate two primary internship schemes. These are a Science & Communications Internship and a Policy and Communications Internship 


Science & Communications Internship

Working within our offices at Cardiff University, science interns have an opportunity to work closely with Project Seagrass staff to research a specific seagrass topic. This can either contribute to our research, or contribute to a dissertation or thesis topic where students have an opportunity to develop an idea with us. Previous science interns have worked on projects to investigate requirements for seagrass presence around the Welsh coast, which lead to new meadows being discovered. 


An additional focus of this internship involves assisting Project Seagrass with its communications, developing new social media strategies, creating new content and helping to write and coordinate our newsroom. These internships are generally available as a 12 month position. Please contact us for more details.


Policy & Communications Internship

Either working at our Cardiff officer, with partners in Swansea University or remotely, policy interns have the opportunity to work with Project Seagrass to gain important skills in conservation advocacy. Previous policy interns have had the opportunity to assist us in responding to consultations on Marine Protected Areas and Marine Conservation Zones and would be expected to take a lead on developing links to fishing policy. 


An additional focus of this internship involves assisting Project Seagrass with its communications, developing new social media strategies, creating new content and helping to write and coordinate our newsroom. These internships are generally available as a 12 month position. Please contact us for more details.

Requirements

When picking interns we're looking for an individual who shares our commitment to the preservation of marine life. This individual is attentive to detail and able to assist with a variety of administrative tasks including: communications assistance, development work, assisting staff, program assistance and general online research. Training is provided but we prefer candidates who have a demonstrated ability to work independently, with minimal direct supervision.


We seek students studying a Marine Biology degree or something associated and expect interns to have:

  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and basic photo editing
  • Data entry and management experience
  • Basic internet research skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proofreading/ Editing experience
  • Familiarity with major social media platforms
  • Filing system knowledge
  • Punctuality


Internships are unpaid, but some expenses may be covered when and if fieldwork is being conducted. Project Seagrass is a voluntary organisation and its directors also work unpaid - until this situation changes and we are able to recruit staff we will not be able to pay interns for their time or commitment.

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Testimonies

"Working with Project seagrass has allowed me to hone my scientific skills and team working in a very friendly, knowledgeable and flexible team. Interning with Project Seagrass has been a fantastic experience and I have learned so much more than I expected, about seagrass, scientific writing and scientific monitoring techniques. I feel very lucky to have been able to work with Project Seagrass and help them grow during their biggest year yet and I am really hoping to stay in contact and keep helping when and where I can"

Lauren Clayton, Marine Biology Student, University of Glasgow

“Interning at Project Seagrass has been an amazing experience, working with an enthusiastic and dedicated team to help grow this new charity. I have had the opportunity to develop multiple skills including my communication, scientific writing and fieldwork experience through my independent research project as well as taking part in monitoring programs such as SeagrassWatch in North Wales. It has been a pleasure to work with Project Seagrass, learning so much more than I ever expected I would in a year and I would highly recommend an internship with the charity to any undergraduate or individual interested in a career in marine biology. I really hope to keep in contact with all the team next year and keep spreading the Project Seagrass word.”

Laura Pratt, Biology Student, Cardiff University

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