Gain Lifelong Skills and the Experience of a Lifetime

Our internships offer the chance to gain hands-on experience in the environmental research and conservation of marine ecosystems, sustainable development, and education here in South Eleuthera. Our intern program is designed to support ongoing initiatives at The Island School and provide insights into a variety of aspects associated with a remote research and education facility, allowing interns to get involved in a number of different projects across our organization.

Interns can expect to gain skills in numerous field research techniques, including data collection in the field and wet laboratory, sample analysis in our dry laboratories, and data manipulation in the office. All our internships offer the chance to cross-train across different research themes, where scientists turn photographers, and educators can become researchers. Ultimately, our internships offer the chance to live, learn, and work with people from diverse backgrounds united by their passion for research, conservation and sustainable development.

Research Internship Calendar

SessionProgram DatesApplications Accepted From
Spring 2023January 17 – May 17 September 1 – September 30
Summer 2023June 6 – August 16February 1 – February 28

Accommodation Fees

Room and board is provided to interns at a discounted rate of $1,200 per month, equivalent to 50% of the standard cost. Accommodation fees are inclusive of shared dormitory style accommodation on campus, with internet access and three meals a day in our dining hall. The Island School covers visa fees, airport transfers from Rock Sound Airport (airport code ‘RSD’), training and professional development. Based on program-specific schedules, interns may have the opportunity to experience kayaking, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, community engagement, and island exploration.

Financial Assistance

Limited financial assistance is available to cover a part or all of the Accommodation Fees. This is a very competitive merit and need-based selection process, with priority given to Bahamian candidates. Please submit an essay addressing the following to be considered: how will the internship benefit you and your future career goals, why are you applying for financial aid, and how much financial aid is required for you to participate? Upload this document along with the rest of your application through our application portal (link at the bottom of this page). Decisions regarding financial aid will be delivered following an interview process.

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Marine research and conservation
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Sustainable systems
  • Educational programs

Application Instructions

Please click here to apply for our internships. When you apply, please include your cover letter, resume, and contact details for two references. You will not be contacted until the application deadline has passed, at which time you may be asked to interview with one of our long-term staff. Offers will typically be made around 4 weeks after the application deadline. Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unfortunately unable to respond to all applicants.

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age, (some positions require a minimum age of 21) and have at least one year of professional or college experience. Please see individual job descriptions for job requirements. 

For more information or questions, please contact Eric Schneider.