No career openings at this time. Please see our summer internships and other opportunities below!


2017 Summer Internship Program

Unpaid internships at the Island Institute provide opportunities for college students to learn more about careers in such fields as fisheries management and fisheries policy, education, renewable energy and energy efficiency, climate change, community/economic development, publications/media, and more.

Benefits to students include:

  • Gaining valuable learning and career experience under the guidance of an Island Institute mentor;
  • Developing skills to match classroom-based theoretical learning;
  • Making connections that can lead to future career and academic opportunities;
  • Giving their résumés a boost with experiences relevant to career interests; and
  • Assessing their interest and abilities to make more informed decisions about their next steps. 

Please see the Institute's 2017 Summer Internship Overview for further details, and contact Nancy McLeod Carter, human resources specialist, at, with any additional questions. 

Programs Database Management Internship

The Island Institute’s Programs team seeks qualified candidates for an unpaid internship position that will help us gather and analyze data to better understand community engagement in some of our key programs. This individual will also assist with tracking the persistence rate for recipients of our Maine Island Scholarship program, as well as researching and inputting current data on key educational indicators that impact island and remote coastal schools. To view a full description of the position, including application details, see the  2017 Programs Database Management Internship overview.

Education/Community Development Research Internship

The Island Institute’s Education and Community Development teams seek qualified candidates for an unpaid summer internship position that will help us collect and update data on existing Education and Community Development (MAP Mentoring Access & Persistence) programming and research-related external programs for potential partnerships in the future. To view a full description of the position, including application details, see the 2017 Education/Community Development Research Internship overview.

Economic Development Internship

The Island Institute’s Economic Development team seeks a summer intern to help organize an edible seaweed product-development study as well as compile information about national best practices in community broadband work. As part of our work to diversify community economies, this intern will help us further our understanding of diversification strategies, so that island and remote coastal communities can see maximum benefit from this work. To view a full description of the position, including application details, see the 2017 Economic Development Internship overview.

Island Fellows

2017 Island Fellows Program

Applications due March 24, 2017!

The Island Fellows Program is one of the signature programs of the Island Institute. Since 1999, the Island Fellows Program has placed college and master’s degree graduates in Maine’s coastal and year-round island communities for one to two years. Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for recent graduates to apply their skills and gain experience helping to build sustainability within communities whose way of life and identity face many challenges. 

For more information on the program, visit our Island Fellows page.