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External Relations Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 

*Fall applications will be available in April. Spring and Winter applications will be available in August.

Time commitment:

12-16 Weeks. At least Two Days per Week.


The New England Aquarium’s External Relations office is seeking an Intern to provide administrative assistance needed to help strengthen relationships with outside organizations and groups with the goal of advancing the mission and priorities of our organization.

The External Relations department is comprised of three entities: corporate relations, public policy, and strategic partnerships. The External Relations Intern will work with team to establish, maintain, and grow relationships with important outside organizations in an effort to build coalitions, advance our public policy priorities, and steward corporate supporters of the Aquarium.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Support External Relations team members to develop public policy and advocacy, corporate development, and strategic partnerships as avenues to further the Aquarium’s conservation efforts
  • Maintain updated lists of current stakeholders important to the Aquarium, including elected officials, non-profit organizations, and business partners
  • Assist corporate relations team in researching prospective sponsors
  • Research and track public community or civic organization events in Boston neighborhoods
  • Input information, data, and records into databases for corporate relations
  • Assist in fulfilling corporate relationship benefits
  • Take notes and memos during meetings; type documents and spreadsheets, drafts, and reports; sort and manage files
  • Answer phone inquiries, direct calls, provide basic administrative support including at External Relations events.


  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in public policy, government, corporate donor relations and/or environmental conservation a plus
  • Energetic and eager to tackle new projects and ideas
  • Ability to work independently

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium is a catalyst for global change through public engagement and education, commitment to marine animal conservation, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for a vital and vibrant ocean.

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