Navigating the Cape Cod Region’s Blue Economy


In 2019 and 2020 the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Economy Foundation held the very successful WaterWORKS Career Day at the Cape Cod Community College. At each event, around 300 high school juniors and seniors met with close to 50 blue economy employers to learn about blue careers right here on Cape Cod.

This year we are launching a new pilot program that takes the next step. WaterWORKS@Work connects motivated science, tech, and trade-oriented interns with blue economy businesses in the Cape Cod region. Interns are selected from high school seniors and graduates, as well as those in college, and who are at least 18 years of age at the start of their internship. This six-week summer program gives employers a chance to preview potential future hires, and for students to get real-world experience in blue economy industries. Student applications are now open. A stipend is provided for each student, so there is no cost to the employer.

To get started as a prospective intern or employer, make a selection below, or email Following are the current open intern positions.

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Open Internships

Application deadline: June 1, 2022

WaterWORKS@Work interns will assist in managing our Discovery Center and associated gift shop. In the Discovery Center, interns will learn how to effectively educate visitors on topics relating to marine animals, rehabilitation practices, and marine conservation. Education will be provided through a variety of different mediums, including hands-on activities and oral presentations. Opportunities to create displays for the Discovery Center and help create lesson plans and activities that are aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks and Ocean Literacy Principles may also be available to the interns. Within the gift shop, interns will operate our Point of Sale system, will assist with maintaining the merchandise displays, and will answer customer’s questions regarding the merchandise we sell. Interns will also be responsible for answering the office phones. Interns may also assist with various office projects such as fundraising and data entry.

This internship will run between 6 weeks (minimum) and 8 weeks (maximum), with a start date of Monday, June 20, 2022. Each intern will be scheduled to work Monday through Thursday, 9:00am - 5:30pm. Housing is not provided. Stipend will be provided and managed by WaterWORKS@Work.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an accredited college, university, or trade school with studies that included Blue Economy topics.
  • Must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be adaptable, responsible, hardworking, willing to learn, and have attention to detail.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be willing to engage in a positive and informative manner with members of the public on a regular basis.
  • Must be willing to participate in and receive constructive feedback.

Project Options:

Video Project: Interview style of the WaterWORKS@Work intern, discussing their time/experience at NMLC

  • Discuss who they are, background
  • Why they chose WaterWORKS@Work
  • Why they chose NMLC
  • Favorite part of the internship
  • Most rewarding aspect
  • Next Steps/Career Goals
  • Video can be shared with WaterWORKS@Work program and published to social media pages

There could be an option to turn their video project into a blog post about their time at NMLC (depending on what form of media the intern is comfortable with). This blog post would be shared to our website and social media pages. We would also share this with WaterWORKS@Work to be posted as desired.

Patient Update “Live” Project

  • Write a script about NMLC’s current patients (stranding info, why they came to NMLC, current status on individual’s health and progress through rehab, etc.). This script will be review/edited by NMLC staff to make sure all information being presented is accurate.
  • Present this script via NMLC’s Facebook Live for a 30 to 45-minute time frame.
  • This will be completed towards the end of the internship (within last two weeks), to ensure the intern has become comfortable with presenting this type of information
  • Facebook Live Video can be shared with WaterWORKS@Work program and posted to social media pages

We are excited to offer a paid internship this summer at Beacon Marine Construction. The are offering a base internship for 6 weeks @ $18/hr with the potential for a longer term commitment. Proposed start date of June 27th. This will be an office based position supporting all three of our divisions at Beacon: Construction, Maintenance, and Corporate. The position will be exposed to the following:

Construction & Maintenance Divisions:

  • Assist in maintaining customer lists
  • Update and review service forms
  • Support Superintendent with schedule board maintenance
  • Organize and sort project files
  • Assist as needed with estimating and job proposals.


  • Support Marketing functions
    • Apparel ordering
    • Social media posting
    • Customer
  • General back office support: Scanning, filing, ordering, etc.
  • Inventory reconciliations
  • Assist Controller and Business Manager with special projects

Beacon Marine is located at 37 Bowdoin Rd. in Mashpee.

Beacon will provide a computer, work station, and all necessary implements to perform required tasks.

If you are looking for more detail let me know. Here is a quick description of our business:

Beacon Marine Construction is the leader in coastal infrastructure improvements in southeastern Massachusetts. We are focused on process, professionalism, and an unmatched quality with everything we do. This starts from the moment we answer the phone to the ongoing relationship after a project is complete. You can see us working from barges, boats, and heavy machinery building things like docks and seawalls or performing work such as dredging and beach nourishment. We work in both salt and fresh water and serve residential, commercial, and public entities. We connect our customers to the water!

Education: Pop Up Beach Tents:

In 2019 the Center's education program launched an informational tent program during the summer at two local area beaches. Three days a week, the Center's education team brings the tent and hands-on displays to beaches in Truro and Provincetown. Staff answer questions about seals, sharks, whales, marine ecology and general marine environmental issues, as well as displaying hands-on exhibits on whales, sharks, and seals. During the three years of the program the Center's staff have interacted with over 1500 Cape visitors and locals in Truro and Provincetown. During summer 2022 the Center will once again bring the tent to Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro and Race Point Beach in Provincetown to answer marine related questions by the public three days a week. Seal, Shark, and whale education staff may also be needed at our Wave station in Truro.

Kiosk or Indoors: Docent/Outreach Assistants:

Kiosk: Share Your Love of the Oceans with the Public! Join in the summer fun and activity on MacMillan Pier as a public outreach representative for CCS, helping to operate our public education and retail kiosk opposite the CCS dock where our research and rescue vessels are located. You will interact with whale watch passengers and visitors to Provincetown, selling merchandise and talking with them about CCS marine research and conservation work. If you are a people person who loves the ocean and would like to become more involved with the Center, this is a great position for you! Available three-hour shifts reflect whale watching schedules seven days a week from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend; reduced schedule in the fall through October. Training and review sessions provided.

Exhibit Volunteer
The Center for Coastal Studies’ Hiebert Marine Lab has become the permanent home to the skeleton of the humpback whale known to researchers as Spinnaker, where she will become part of ongoing research into the biology of whales and entanglement prevention. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about marine life and conservation to serve as docents for members of the public who come to visit the Center to view Spinnaker’s skeleton and to tell her life story, which includes three disentanglements by our own Marine Animal Entanglement Response team.

While you do not need to have a degree in the sciences to apply, we do expect our docents to become integral members of our outreach and education team, committing to a serious grasp and interpretation of Spinnaker’s life history, to learn the basics of whale biology and ecology, and to become familiar with the Center’s various research programs. If you enjoy delivering warm customer service, interacting with a wide variety of people, and teaching the public about CCS, then you might be a perfect candidate for this position.

The “FCRV (Floating Classroom/Research Vessel) Intern” will aid PBCB in scheduling, planning, and leading hands-on experiences on “The Friend of Pleasant Bay”. This 37’ fully electric and solar powered pontoon boat is the first of its kind to receive a USCG Inspection in 2021. This season, we look forward to welcoming more than 600 local schoolchildren, over 200 marine science campers, and countless other community members for trips on the Friend. Our floating classroom programs have grown exponentially this year, which is why our team could really use an intern’s help.

The FCRV Intern would work closely with the Program and Science Directors to field inquiries and continue to develop relationships with local schools, non-profits, research groups, and other community resources. Our Intern would develop strong communication and organizational skills as they help schedule and balance multiple groups each week. Our Intern would also work closely with the Science Director to execute existing curriculum and build new experiences for participants of all ages. There will be plenty of time spent on-water on the gorgeous Pleasant Bay. They would also have the opportunity to work with our communications and grant-writing team to produce marketing materials, document trips and successes, and provide information necessary to pursue funding. This dynamic role will help a young professional develop a wide array of skills that could help them pursue several career paths.

Desired Qualifications:

As an inspected vessel, there are a few non-negotiable qualifications: a current First Aid/CPR certificate from an approved organization, membership in our drug consortium and random testing program, and willingness to complete free online trainings in concussion awareness and neglect/abuse reporting. We will provide further training and orientation on our campus. We are looking for a candidate that will be at least 18 years of age by June 2022.

Though not required, experience or certifications relevant to teaching, boating, science or environmental stewardship, and leadership are strongly considered. Most importantly, we’re looking for somebody that is upbeat, organized, passionate about environmental education, mature, comfortable with public speaking, and excited for a busy summer!

Time Period:

The Intern may start part time as soon as mid-May. School field trips begin the week of 5/23 and our camp season runs from 6/20 – 8/19. We also anticipate some community program in late August and September, if the weather holds. We will likely have around 20 hours of work weekly, but could expand the role if the Intern is looking for a more full-time experience.