Communications and Development Intern

Academic Credits




Hours per week

6 months; minimum commitment 12 hours/week




New York
New York
United States


Blue Sphere Foundation (BSF) is an emerging leader in ocean conservation. We work on the front-lines in some of the most remote and dangerous environments, to protect endangered species, build resilience to climate change, and preserve the most awe-inspiring beauty on the planet. We believe art and media are essential tools to spark curiosity and inspire action, and it is therefore an integral part of everything we do. In 2015, Shawn Heinrichs, the founder of BSF, co-created and starred in the Emmy-nominated documentary, Racing Extinction, which depicts the devastating consequences of climate change and the illegal wildlife trade on our oceans.

Position Summary

We are looking for dynamic, self-starting interns who are ready to roll up their sleeves and support a fast paced, high profile organization in its early stages of start-up. Working alongside the leading voices in conservation, this is an excellent opportunity to dive deep into the environmental space while learning all aspects of non-profit management – from communications, campaigns and film production, to program strategy, partnerships and fundraising.

This is an ideal position for someone who is entrepreneurial, highly organized and an excellent internet sleuth. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Assist with fundraising efforts, including helping manage the donor database and develop key materials (e.g. fact sheets, pitch decks, acknowledgement letters, etc);
  • Planning & logistics for events; research, track and manage event participation;
  • Support campaigns, social media and external outreach, including partnership development;
  • Develop program materials, including proposals, overview decks, concepts, etc.;
  • Help manage travel logistics for expeditions, investigations, photo + video shoots, and more;
  • Help maintain our website, in close collaboration with our digital partners;
  • Manage inboxes, responding to inquiries about how to help, media requests, speaking engagements, etc.;
  • Perform a variety of general administrative, organization and research tasks as needed.


  • Strong interest in social sector and environmental issues;
  • Excellent problem-solving, and strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines;
  • Must be computer literate (working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint, Excel). Knowledge of Word Press and Salesforce a plus;
  • Ability to work quickly, be comfortable with ambiguity and adapt to a fast-paced, start-up environment;
  • Able to work effectively both independently and as part of a team; note that this position will involve a good deal of remote work;
  • Interest in nonprofit development/fundraising.

Time Commitment: 6 months; minimum commitment 12 hours/week.

Compensation: This is an unpaid, volunteer internship that is eligible for course credit.

How To Apply

To Apply:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please a send cover letter and resume to

Subject should read: Intern Application, YOUR NAME