Interns gain professional training and experience while working side by side with our staff. Interns are expected to be highly motivated and able to work independently.

Specific Qualifications
Working knowledge of marine science, ecology, or marine environmental education.
Effective communication skills- the ability to clearly communicate with supervisors, coworkers, and visitors.
Ability to interact appropriately with children, adults, and peers.

2018 Block Island Maritime Institute (BIMI) Internship

Marine Science Educator

Position Announcement

June 20, 2018 – August 25, 2018

Primary Responsibilities

  • Participating in daily Sun-Sat marine educational programs and weekly Tuesday night seminars, assisting in and leading educational classes, answering public inquiries, and interacting with adults and children. This might include set-up, acquiring materials, developing new and revising current programs, leading and participating in presentations, breakdown, and clean up. Supporting at least one of the weekly seminar speakers will be the sole responsibility of each summer intern.
  • Providing oversight and educational instruction to ~8 middle school or high school students in our residential “Eileen Dolphin” program offered in partnership with The College Crusade (
  • Supervising volunteers participating in educational programs.
  • Documenting daily activities, observations, and research.
  • Writing a weekly blog for the duration of the internship. This blog may be published in the Block Island Times newspaper and other social media.
  • Providing minor maintenance of the aquarium observation tanks and Institute facilities, which may include cleaning, painting, and updating information and displays.
  • Distributing posters, brochures, and other program information electronically and at locations around the Island.
  • Participating in other island activities and coordinating with staff from other environmental education and community support programs on the island.
  • Assisting with visiting school groups and clubs. There will be ~five weeklong visiting school groups, as well as day visits from off-island clubs and groups. Responsibilities include set-up, acquiring materials, leading and participating in program presentations, breakdown, and clean up. These programs may take place at various locations on Block Island and, at times, take place outside of regularly scheduled hours, requiring the individual to be flexible. Transportation will be supplied for these events.
  • If desired, designing and executing a relevant research or educational project. The subject will be negotiated with the BIMI Program Director and at least one Board Member.  It might be a long-term look at plankton in the Great Salt Pond or invasive species to island waters or developing educational modules for BIMI and/or local schools or something else relevant to BIMI. At the end of the internship, the intern will write an article to be published in the semi-annual BIMI Breeze about their project.

Specific Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of marine science, ecology, or marine environmental education, preferably with a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Experience working with children in an educational or recreational setting.
  • HIGHLY motivated and self-driven – must be an independent thinker and accomplish tasks independently.
  • Effective communication skills – must have the ability to clearly communicate with supervisors, coworkers, and visitors.
  • Ability to interact appropriately with children, adults, and peers.


  • A stipend of $15.00 per hour from about June 20th to about August 25th.
  • The internship will require an average of 40 hours per week.
  • Housing is provided, typically shared with the Program Director and/or the other Interns.


  • There will be three BIMI interns under the supervision of the BIMI Program Director.
  • Transportation, such as bringing your own bicycle, is recommended. You will not need a vehicle but may find it useful.

Applications Requirements

  • Contact Information
    including full name, mail address, e-mail address, and phone number where you can be reached.
  • Current Resume
    including any specialized certifications and/or skills.
  • Cover Letter (in 500 words or less). Please tell us about your career goals and what you want to gain from your internship, as well as what you can bring to BIMI.
  • Two letters of reference. These letters can be from a faculty member, employer, or other non-family member.
    It is your responsibility to arrange to have these references sent directly to the Block Island Maritime Institute via email at
  • Background checks will be conducted.

How to Apply 

If you are interested in applying for the Summer Marine Science Educator Internship at the Block Island Maritime Institute, the application must be submitted via e-mail to by February 23, 2018.
For more information and questions, please email or call Judy Gray 401-466-9804.

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