NGS+TNC Marine & Community Conservation Remote Externship
Research and explore a marine conservation issue and how communities come together to sustainably resolve it.
February 28, 2022
Submit your application as soon as you can to give your self the best shot.
Part-time and fully remote
March 7, 2022
This remote Externship will last 8 weeks.
Students that accept their offers will receive their educational stipends at the end of the program.
Required academic standing
This Externships is open to high school students, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Youths not currently enrolled at any academic institution are also welcomed to apply.
This externship opportunity has been designed by Paragon One in partnership with the National Geographic Society (NGS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), two global nonprofit organizations, to inspire a future generation of environmental leaders and changemakers. Whether you live near an ocean or far away, water is a vital resource that impacts everyone. Understanding this interconnectedness–the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean, locally and globally–is critical to creating a sustainable planet. Marine conservation issues like overfishing, offshore drilling, acidification, or the destruction of coral reefs may feel distant for many communities. In this virtual externship, students will translate global marine conservation issues into a local context, making them relevant and accessible to their communities, and offer solutions to a local or regional problem. Students will learn about marine conservation careers throughout the externship from weekly webinars featuring NGS and TNC experts, their own research, and informational interviews conducted with local conservation organizations.
- Learn the basics of various marine conservation issues and approaches, like marine protected areas, through resources and case studies provided by the National Geographic Society (NGS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
- Learn and apply various primary and secondary research methods to identify marine conservation issues in your local area or region
- Speak to local leaders, conservationists, community members, and experts from NGS and TNC to gain an understanding of marine issues and their impact on the local community
- Conduct a landscape/gap analysis to identify gaps in marine conservation efforts in your area and propose solutions to issues you may uncover
- Gain skills in written and visual storytelling to communicate marine issues and the ways in which communities can help.
- Young people ages 18-25 from around the globe with an interest in learning about introductory approaches to conservation and in exploring a career in marine conservation. No prior work experience or coursework in conservation or environmental topics is required. Candidates currently pursuing undergraduate degrees or not yet in undergraduate studies, as well as individuals from locations most impacted by marine conservation issues are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to selecting a cohort of young people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures.
Meet Past Externs
“My externship with HP was a great example of how a single experience can change the course of a career. After my externship, I started getting interviews, and I started seeing my resume downloaded by recruiters. People called and said they wanted to learn more about the HP Tech Ventures Externship. It was something they’d never seen before, and they wanted to know more. Leveraging this experience has helped me in more ways than I can count, and now I am a summer analyst at an investment bank!”
After sending in your application, we’ll reach out if we think you’re a good fit. You’ll send in a “Get to Know You” video and then participate in a live interview.
Week 1: Onboarding
During the first week of the program, you’ll be setting goals for what you want to achieve in the upcoming weeks and familiarizing yourself with the industry, our platform, and your cohort.
Weeks 2-5: Research & Analysis
During the regular programming of the Externship, you will receive training and complete projects through our student platform. These exciting weeks are filled with weekly meetings, company meetings, student-led workshops, and virtual events like speaker series and networking sessions.
Present to Host Company
Top students will be selected to present their projects and findings to company leads and other senior leadership.
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