At the Island Institute, we work alongside Maine’s island and coastal leaders to catalyze community sustainability. Our commitment to the islands of Maine includes sharing what works among these diverse locations, so that other island and coastal communities can meet the unique challenges they face.

This work wouldn't be possible without a talented staff that brings a wide range of experience, skills, and passion to everything we do. If you are interested in working with us, please continue to check this site or the Maine Association of Nonprofits Job Board—we post open positions as they become available across all of our project areas.

Please refer to each job description for application guidelines, and contact Karen Burns, Chief Talent Officer, at, with any additional questions.

Current open positions

There are currently no staff positions open. Please continue to check back.


The Island Institute's summer internship program matches organizational needs with qualified interns for both paid and unpaid work experiences that provide opportunities for college students to learn more about careers in areas such as education, sustainable energy, climate change, community and economic development, publications and media, data management, philanthropy, and more. 

Benefits to students include:
  • Gaining valuable learning and career experience under the guidance of an Island Institute advisor
  • Developing skills to match classroom-based theoretical learning
  • Making connections that can lead to future career and academic opportunities
  • Strengthening their résumés with experiences relevant to their career interests
  • Assessing their interests and abilities and make more informed decisions about their next steps

If you have any questions prior to applying, please reach out to Nancy McLeod Carter at

Available internships:

Data Research Summer Internship
Community Data and Aquaculture

The Island Institute’s Community Data and Aquaculture teams are currently working together to enrich and expand essential data for sharing with the Institute’s constituent communities. The intern will provide critical assistance by transferring, collecting and updating data into the participant tracking database, and developing tools for displaying and sharing those data. 

Learn more and apply here:
2020 Data Research Summer Internship

Digital Communications Summer Internship

The Island Institute’s Media team is working on a re-design of the Institute’s existing website and transitioning content to an improved platform. For a student interested in web design, content management, photo editing/archiving, and writing digital content, this internship will provide significant opportunities to gain valuable experience and hone career development skills.

Learn more and apply here:
2020 Digital Communications Summer Internship

Broadband Summer Internship

Thank you for your interest in our Broadband internship. Applications for this internship have closed and we are no longer accepting submissions. Please check out our other open positions, or keep an eye on this site next spring for future opportunities.