Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section

For the period of 12 months, assist with media strategy for the Marine Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB Marine). Learn journalism skills at the same time as co-directing press relations for a leading global non-profit.

Anywhere in United States or Canada

Reports to:
SCB Marine Communications Officer, SCB Marine President & President-Elect

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Writing up to two press releases per month on various topics (e.g. SCB Marine policy announcements, event announcements, etc.)
  • Creation and management of SCB Marine press contacts database.
  • Attendance of 4th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC4) and OceansOnline conferences (30 July – 4 August 2016).
  • Attendance (via video-conferencing) of all SCB Marine Communications Committee meetings, as well as IMCC4 Communications Committee meetings.

Internship Benefits

  • This is an unpaid internship, so according to US and Canadian law, and in line with SCB Marine operational practices you can expect the following:
  •  Journalism training similar to training which would be given in an educational environment
  • Supervision from members of the SCB Marine Board
  • Upon successful completion of internship duties prior to IMCC4, full subsidised travel and accommodation expenses for your attendance at IMCC4 and OceansOnline (n.b. You will not be expected to spend any of your own personal finances in your role performing this internship).
  • Where applicable, credit for transfer to your home academic institution.


Person Specification


  • To qualify for this internship you must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student for the remainder of this academic year at a higher education institution in the United States or Canada.
  • You must be registered as majoring or minoring in journalism or communication.
  • Experience of contributing to local, national, or international media.
  • You must be able to travel to St. John’s Canada from 30 July – 4 August 2016 to attend IMCC4 and OceansOnline.



  • Experience of writing press releases.
  • A demonstrable interest in science and/or science journalism.
  • An interest in marine conservation.

How to Apply:
Email a PDF or MS Word copy of your CV and a covering letter (of no more than 1 page) describing how you fit the essential and desirable criteria to fulfill this role to by midnight EST on 6 December 2016.

Further Information:
You can read more about the work of the Society for Conservation Biology Marine Section at: