Spring Intern

Hours per week

20-30 hours per week




Boston Fish Pier West
212 Northern Avenue, Suite 304
United States


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has several exciting and challenging internships for enthusiastic, well-organized, hard-working undergraduates, recent graduates, or graduate students who want to contribute to our mission to share the benefits of clean water with the region’s residents.

Save the Harbor is a dynamic and successful non-profit, public interest Boston Harbor advocacy organization made up of thousands of citizens as well as civic, corporate, cultural and community leaders and scientists.

For 30 years Save the Harbor/Save the Bay has led the effort to restore and protect Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, the waterfront, our region’s public beaches and the Boston Harbor Islands and reconnect and share these extraordinary urban environmental assets with all Bostonians and the region’s residents, especially underserved youth, teens and their families.


Save the Harbor has several outstanding internship opportunities for those seeking experience working in an environmental non-profit organization with a proven track record of success. Successful applicants will have a professional demeanor and the ability to work in busy office with changing priorities. Above all, the strongest candidates will have a can-do attitude and a sense of humor.

Through this program interns will learn about the work of a small, mission-based nonprofit. Interns will work directly with a staff member supporting their primary area of work and assignments will be made based on applicant interests and skill set.In addition to these primary responsibilities, interns are responsible for assisting with events, outreach and public inquiries. Interns will be asked to contribute to all areas of Save the Harbor’s work including communications, fundraising, operations, policy, and programming at some point. Tasks may include, but are not limited to:

Events and Programs

  • Help plan and execute the annual Harpoon Shamrock Splash –Jobs include outreach to individuals and businesses to build participation and fundraising, promote raffle and costume contest, work with vendors to provide food and entertainment, culminating in the event itself, the cold-water plunge and beach party in South Boston on Sunday, March 10.
  • Help plan and run our annual corporate gala, Destination Boston Harbor, which brings together over 400 of Boston’s corporate, civic, and community leaders in support of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s programs and mission. Jobs will include outreach to local businesses and development of auction packages which will bring in over $60,000, assistance in creation and distribution of event materials and day of event operations.
  • Support staff in coordinating events, including local and regional meetings, special events on the harbor and beaches, free cruises, including our Marine Mammal Safaris and Sunset Cruises to Boston Light and other educational programming
  • Help develop and refine educational curriculum, and create printed materials for programs.


  • Planning and executing public hearings of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, a state legislative commission which Save the Harbor/Save the Bay helps to manage, and analyzing public comment in preparation for official reports.
  • Attending and facilitation at MBC Public Hearings
  • Assisting with additional projects related to the MBC's workto improve the region's public beaches.
  • Assisting with the preparation of the annual Water Quality Report on the region's metropolitan beaches.


  • Drafting press releases and blog posts
  • Maintaining media contact lists
  • Coordinate social media calendar and campaigns
  • Updating webpage and Facebook content
  • Maintaining an up-to-date online newsroom and photo library
  • Developing online marketing and communications campaigns including publicity for community events


  • Identifying and researching new potential funders, updating and maintaining database and other records.
  • Assisting in writing grant proposals and following up with thank you letters to funders.
  • Assisting in compiling information about Save the Harbor's programs and using this information to write reports, press releases, and components of grant proposals.


  • Printing event materials; assisting in mass mailings of solicitation letters, acknowledgments, and other materials; supporting the planning process for events; faxing and copying; assisting with acquisition, inventory, and restocking of office supplies.
  • Data entry; maintaining records in the database for events, appeals, foundation, individual and miscellaneous supporters to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.



Save the Harbor/Save the Bay does not provide stipends for internships, but will work closely with students to see that the internship meets credit requirements. You need not be a student to apply.


  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Excellent writing and communications skills
  • Computer skills include Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Interest in non-profit organizations and the mission of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay
  • Science background is not required, though an interest in science as it relates to the Boston Harbor and water quality is a must
  • Positive attitude and flexibility
  • Strong applicants interested in communication will have experience with social media management
  • Strong applicants interested in policy work will have knowledge and interest in government


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay expects interns to commit 20-30 hours per week to the organization, with occasional evening and/or weekend events. We are flexible on scheduling around classes and other such obligations.

How To Apply


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, short writing sample, and resume to: patton[@]savetheharbor.org or call 617-451-2860 for more information.