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National Geographic Society & The Nature Conservancy Marine and Community Conservation Externship

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Community Conservation
Research and explore a marine conservation issue and how communities come together to sustainably resolve it.


In this externship program, students will learn strategic consulting skills to analyze and evaluate challenges from non-profit organizations using consulting frameworks, in an overall effort to help them solve their important problems. Selected individuals will be paired with a specific non-profit organization and dive into their strategic problems, such as development, impact assessment, process improvements, talent engagement, communication, and strategic positioning. Throughout this externship program, professionals from PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) will provide mentorship and coaching.

The Experience

  • Learn about the strategy consulting process and how to help create value for a non-profit client based on their vision and mission
  • Research and develop an understanding of a given field
  • Analyze complex problems ranging from fundraising and development, stakeholder management, impact measurement, as well as use consulting frameworks to help identify problem areas and propose solutions
  • Learn to gather, analyze, and visualize data to inform problem areas and possible solutions
  • Create and deliver a compelling presentation to a non-profit client that incorporates valuable insights, trends, and recommendations


  • Ambitious undergraduate students with an interest in consulting, strategy, and non-profits. This program is for students who would like to understand the consulting profession while generating ideas to help impact non-profit organizations.

The Overview 

This externship is presented in partnership between the National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy, two of the world’s most respected environmental organizations.

Whether you live near an ocean or far away, water is a vital resource. Globally, marine habitats are facing mounting threats that stand to affect every person on the planet. Understanding the interconnectedness of natural systems, locally and globally, is critical to a sustainable future.

Overfishing, offshore drilling, ocean acidification, or the loss of coral reefs may feel distant, but in this externship, participants will translate marine conservation into a local context. Learn how to make marine issues relevant to any community and identify solutions. Students will explore marine conservation careers, interact with experts and scientists from the National Geographic Society and The Nature Conservancy, conduct research, and connect with local conservation organizations.

What you will learn during the Externship

  • Marine Conservation: Explore resources and case studies on current marine conservation issues and solutions, such as marine protected areas.
  • Investigative Research: Learn and apply primary and secondary research methods to investigate conservation initiatives and identify regional and local issues relevant to marine conservation.
  • Public Speaking: Speak to local leaders, conservationists, and community members to understand connections to marine conservation.
  • Problem-Solving: Identify gaps in local conservation efforts relevant to marine conservation and propose solutions to issues you may uncover.
  • Story-telling: Gain written, verbal, and visual storytelling skills to communicate marine issues and how your community can help.

What You Will Gain

  • Hands-On Experience and a Comprehensive Skill Set: From conducting primary and secondary research to effective communication, you'll acquire a skill set that is highly valued across various industries.
  • A Competitive Edge: The insights and experiences you gain from this externship will provide you with a competitive edge in your job search, helping you stand out to recruiters in conservation, communication research, and more.
  • Professional Network: You will connect with industry experts and peers to broaden your professional circle. 
  • A Certificate of Completion: Showcase your newly acquired skills and dedication to professional development with a certificate that can be added to your LinkedIn profile and resume.

Why This Is Perfect for You

  • Candidates should be between the ages of 18-25 and have an interest in learning about introductory approaches to conservation and careers in conservation.
  • We strongly encourage individuals from locations that are directly impacted by challenges to marine habitats to apply.
  • No prior work experience or coursework in conservation or environmental topics is required.

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Externship Currently Closed
New applications are not currently being accepted.

Apply by May 6, 2024

Submit your application as soon as you can.

Part-time and fully remote

This Externship is a 10-hour-per-week fully remote experience where all meetings and events are recorded.

Externship starts June 3, 2024

$500 Stipend

Students who successfully complete their externships will receive their educational stipends at the end of the program

Geographical Eligibility

This Externship is open to applicants all around the world.

Externship Currently Closed
New applications are not currently being accepted.

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National Geographic + The Nature Conservancy

The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit organization that uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since 1888, National Geographic Society has pushed the boundaries of exploration, investing in bold people and transformative ideas, providing more than 15,000 grants for work across all seven continents, reaching 3 million students each year through education offerings, and engaging audiences around the globe through signature experiences, stories and content.

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature can thrive. The Nature Conservancy works to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends by boldly addressing the biodiversity and climate crises over the next decade. By maximizing the ability to affect change between now and 2030, The Nature Conservancy believes that we can shape a brighter future for people and our planet.

Applications for this experience will ONLY be accepted through this application portal. National Geographic Society + The Nature Conservancy will not be accepting any applications for this externship.