Need an internship for college credit? Trying to build your resume to land that dream job? Either way Saving Oceans can facilitate! Our internships are not your standard run-of-the-mill internships. Each one of our interns is highly involved in the daily operations & decision making processes of this organization.
We launched our first annual Internship Awards Program at the University of Hawaiʻi . Students are selected to receive $1,000 each by completing a project to conserve the living resources of the ocean. The Ocean Conservation Awards are funded by a donation from the Global High Seas Marine Preserve organization, and administered by the UH Foundation. The current student practitioners were chosen by faculty mentors for the 2021–22 academic year.
Ronja Steinbach is attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for an undergraduate in Marine Biology with a Botany minor. Working with Dr. Anthony Amend, Ronja's project, “An examination of fungi’s ability to degrade plastic pollution in our oceans” is focused on increasing knowledge of marine fungi’s ability to degrade plastic, to increase their efficacy in doing so, and engaging the community in this relevant issue. To learn more about this important endeavor, please visit her website here: https://436329.8b.io/.
Kalā Diaz is an double-major in Hawaiian Studies and Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His ocean conservation project, "He aliʻi ke kai, he kauā ke kanaka," translates to, "The ocean is chief, people are its servants." The project title is a play off on an ancient proverb, "The land is chief, people are its servants," which tells us our role in the context of caring for the things that provide us life -- the lands and the seas. Kalā will be developing and implementing a curriculum for a youth [outrigger canoe] paddling program that will educate the youth about the ecology and history of Maunalua Bay in the context of conservation and restoration. He is collaborating with the Coral Resilience Lab at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology in the process
Hannah graduated from the University of Utah in the Spring of 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Sustainability. After her internship came to a conclusion, Hannah worked herself into a part-time role with Saving Oceans as our Outreach Manager. With this role Hannah helps create relationships with outside organizations, companies, and individuals. She also assists in fundraising and creating educational content.
Tarynn is a student at the University of Utah double majoring in Environmental & Sustainability and Heath, Society & Policy. Passionate about taking care of the Ocean, Tarynn plans to continue her education in Marine Biology after her undergrad studies. "I enjoy being outdoors and showing others how we can leave nature even better than how we found it!"
Kacie graduated from the University of Utah majoring in environmental and sustainability studies. She also has worked in retail and volunteers at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Despite growing up in Utah away from the ocean, she still has a passion for marine life. Kacie has been an important member of the Saving Oceans team and looks forward to continue learning and educating others about our beautiful oceans. Currently, she is completing another internship on marine mammals with the Archipelagos - Institute of Marine Conservation.
Our interns leave our organization with the valuable experience needed to build their resumes and to land their dream job thereafter.
We do not keep our interns in the dark. Each intern is heavily involved in daily operations from board meetings to educational outreach.
Everyday we learn more about what is occurring in the oceans; whether it be sea life, ocean plastics, or human rights injustices.