Host: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is one of 17 special marine protected areas
designated and administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine
Sanctuaries (ONMS). Sanctuary staff manage diverse and productive marine ecosystems through a combination of
regulatory and non-regulatory programs. These programs focus on conducting and coordinating research and monitoring,
organizing and carrying out education and outreach within local communities, and most importantly ensuring natural
resources are protected while allowing uses that are sustainable.
Location: Office space will be available in Monterey, CA. Depending on
COVID conditions, the amount of remote work could range from 20 to 100 percent.
Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2022; start and end dates flexible
with regard to student’s academic commitments.
Stipend: $6,000. Up to $2,000 in additional funding will be available to
students who must relocate to participate in the internship.
Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over
the 11-weeks, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation, or illness. If
participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be prorated.
Internship Focus: One internship (1) is offered to work side-by-side with
the MBNMS superintendent, research ecologist, and other staff members on a project focused on developing an
engagement strategy for the Indigenous Communities adjacent to the sanctuary. In 2021, ONMS produced a Roadmap to
Working with Indigenous Communities to better recognize and engage with Indigenous Communities and their
relationships with resources connected to national marine sanctuaries. These connections to place are central to the
identities and cultures of Indigenous peoples. Recognizing and valuing these relationships is essential to ONMS’
mission to protect these nationally significant places for current and future generations. The Roadmap will serve as
a framework for developing an engagement strategy for our sanctuary.
Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience or academic
training in conducting research and managing data in cultural, biological, or environmental sciences. The
successful candidate must be highly organized with the ability to work independently as well as within a team
setting, and able to effectively communicate (orally and in writing). Ideal candidates should be self-motivated,
creative, innovative, and comfortable working with a diverse team in a collaborative environment. Also important
is the ability to effectively manage multiple projects, and enthusiasm about marine and cultural science,
stewardship and conservation. Proficiency in using computers is essential and familiarity with the Google suite of
products is a plus.
Skills Gained: The intern will learn about Indigenous Communities
adjacent to the sanctuary, and gain an understanding of the importance ONMS places on embracing their
responsibility and opportunity to work with Indigenous Communities to better understand and recognize their
rights, responsibilities, knowledge, and connections to places (including resources) that are a part of national
marine sanctuaries and monuments. The intern will gain experience working with a small team, and working
independently to plan and create a product to enhance sanctuary conservation. The intern will learn how to operate
within a small professional office and interact with staff researchers.
internship is intended for an upper-class undergraduate student (seniors) or graduate student, in good academic
standing with their university. Intern must be 18 years or older.
To work on site at the MBNMS offices in Monterey, the intern must be a U.S.
citizen and pass a federal background investigation, including fingerprints and character references.
Alternatively, the intern may choose to work entirely remotely, in which case a background check will not be
required and the intern will not be required to present any official government issued
identification. Applicants are also subject to general