An intern helps explain what's in two fish tanks

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is a member-supported 501(c)3 that focuses on protecting and restoring water quality and coastal habitats along the North Carolina coast. For more than 40 years, the Federation has been in the field restoring miles of coastline; training and educating students, adults, and communities to take actions that result in cleaner coastal waters, and advocating for an accessible, healthy, productive coast.

The Coastal Federation accepts internship applications for fall, spring, and summer terms. Term dates are based on the UNCW calendar year. Interns typically work 10-15 hours a week. The Federation’s business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Interns are also required to work events and attend meetings on nights and weekends occasionally. This is an unpaid internship position.

Student Duties: The intern will work as part of the southeast regional office team at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in the Wrightsville Beach Historic Square to implement coastal education and engagement activities to support the Federation’s community outreach, advocacy, habitat restoration, and water quality initiatives.

  • Assist education, advocacy, and restoration program staff with the research, design, planning, implementation, and evaluation of regional projects.
  • Help plan and promote special and re-occurring events, such as volunteer, education, and fundraising events.
  • Assist with digital marketing strategies and contribute to the Federation’s website and social media channels.
  • Work with staff to develop and implement tools, activities, and events to engage the community at the Coastal Education Center and recruit new members.
  • Represent the Federation at public events, festivals, and workshops focused on coastal habitat restoration and water quality protection projects.
  • Assist with volunteer management, which includes corresponding with existing and prospective volunteers, organizing volunteer events and supplies, and participating in volunteer events.
  • Help develop and implement educational activities and materials focused on coastal habitat restoration, marine debris, water quality, and stormwater.
  • Gain hands-on training in environmental stewardship by participating in restoration events, such as rain garden installments and oyster reef builds.
  • Assist with office operations.


  • Flexible and positive attitude toward duties and schedules
  • Possess initiative; be a self-starter
  • Enthusiasm for learning and being involved with local politics and advocacy surrounding conservation efforts
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to conduct themselves professionally with a variety of stakeholders

Application Deadlines: Summer 2023 Internship Positions Filled. Please submit applications before 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 15th to apply for a fall 2023 position. Interviews from the applicant pool may be scheduled and the position may be filled prior to the final application deadline.

To Apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to Bonnie Mitchell, Coastal Education Coordinator at