Internship Description

The Hatteras Island Ocean Center (HIOC) and Hampden-Sydney College Hatteras Island Internship Program (HIIP) is looking for qualified summer interns  to participate in a collaborative effort to explore the relationships between non-profit enterprise, science education, and scientific research. The HIOC runs outdoor/indoor programs geared towards kids and adults that are focused on ecotourism and environmental education, with a particular focus on sea turtles. Three interns from Hampden-Sydney College will live at the HIOC in Hatteras, NC, and work collaboratively to explore the ways that the HIOC and H-SC can form a partnership to further science education opportunities for students and the community. Interns will be provided with a stipend of $1000 and housing.  

Program Goals

Using an approach called TakeCare2, the HIIP enables interns to not only do their part to help take care of the planet, but also become part of a society where we take care of each other. The HIIP provides an opportunity for tomorrow's leaders to be fully engaged with social justice issues, including the right to have a clean world that all people can benefit from. This type of engagement is core to a Hampden-Sydney education and in line with the goals of the H-SC Department of Biology and the mission of H-SC's Center for Entrepreneurship and Political Economy. Interns also will help forward the Center's mission of revitalizing the local economy of Hatteras Village, educating the public, and building bridges between local entities, such as the National Park Service.  

HIIP Science Intern

The science intern will be actively involved with tasks related to daily operations for the Center, as well as participate in Turtle Sense sensor placement in turtle nests and data collection/remote next monitoring. Science interns should have a background in Biological Sciences, specifically with an interest in zoology, marine biology, or environmental studies, as well as an interest in non-profit organizations.   

HIIP Non-Profit Interns

Non-profit interns will familiarize themselves with all aspects of the daily operations of the HIOC, including staffing, programming, marketing, community engagement, and vision. The nonprofit interns should have a background in Business/Economics, with a specific interest in both non-profit organizations and science.  


Interns are expected to work 40 hours/week: Approximately 20 hours will be spent running daily programming at the HIOC, and interns will perform HIIP specific tasks for the remaining 20 hours a week. All interns will gain broad experience with various aspects of running a nonprofit, perform field work, and participate in independent research. In addition, the science intern will be required to participate in Turtle Patrols early in the morning, and all H-SC HIIP interns will be required to enroll in an INDS course in the Fall with the goal of preparing a vision for the future of the HIOC/H-SC partnership.  

Successful interns will have

  • A passion for ecotourism and environmental education
  • An interest in learning more about how nonprofits operate and interact with other organizations and the public
  • The ability to plan and implement weekly programs for kids and adults, as well as an outgoing nature and ability to encourage conversations with visitors of all ages
  • An interest in assisting directors in planning and implementing project(s) that furthers the goals of the organizations
  • Excellent oral, written, and communication/presentation skills in front of individuals and groups
  • The ability to work well as a team and interface in a mature manner with other organizations and businesses
  • A willingness to learn information about the flora/fauna and history of the area

Request Information

Justin P. Isaacs, Interim Director
Flemming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(434) 223-6337

Erin Clabough
Asst. Professor of Biology
(434) 223-6172

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