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Interns & Opportunities

Intern with Us!

EPA hearing meetingAdvocacy Team: We develop strong campaigns around current issues facing Barnegat Bay and we work closely with our government at all levels to pass strict environmental protection laws. YOUR help is needed for building strong campaigns, legislative hearings, and public education through social media and events. Students studying political science, pre-law, environmental studies, or related fields should consider submitting a resume.*

Education InternEducation Team: We educate students about Barnegat Bay through hands-on learning techniques and assist adults in creating more bay-friendly community spaces. And YOUR help is needed! We provide excellent resources to homeowners, service groups, and teachers by having a strong presence at local festivals and events. Students studying environmental science, marine science, elementary education, or related fields should consider submitting a resume.*

CommunicationsCommunications Team: Through our public outreach, as well as social media platforms, we reach tens of thousands of people across Ocean County and beyond. With YOUR help, we can develop the right tools to maximize our exposure so that anyone can get involved in the important work we do for the bay! Students studying communications, graphic design, marketing, or related fields should consider submitting a resume.*

AdministrationAdministration Team: We are a truly grassroots organization, with 99.8% of our financial support coming from public donations. Because of this, we spend extra time fundraising, thanking our supporters, and developing long-term relationships with our donors.  If you are interested in non-profit management and administration, we’d love to have YOU join the team! Students studying business, management, accounting, or related fields should consider submitting a resume.*Sa


*All internships are unpaid and students must be enrolled in a full-time program to receive credit towards their degree. Review opportunities here SBB 2018 Internship Description_final and submit your resume and cover letter to the Education and Outreach Coordinator Graceanne Taylor at

2018 Interns

Samantha Tomkowich-is a Junior at Stockton University studying marine biology. She has created an educational program for “This Way to Barnegat Bay” that teaches young people how to identify native plants. She has a passion for education and has helped with festivals and school presentations throughout her time. As a result of Sam’s internship at Save Barnegat Bay and passion, Sam will continue her work at the American Littoral Society this summer.


Blair Dewing-is a 2017 graduate of Washington and Lee University with a major in Biology. She grew up sailing and kayaking on Barnegat Bay, which instilled in her an early love for the area and the people who live here. Because of her love of the environment and her experience interacting with students at home and abroad, Blair is so excited to work as an Education and Outreach intern this summer, helping others to learn how they can better maintain and appreciate Barnegat Bay.

2017 Interns

Molly Robinson-Graduated in June 2017 from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science. Molly will be going on to study environmental science at the University of Rochester in the fall. She will be working on creating educational displays for the public at the new Save Barnegat Bay EcoCenter this summer as well as assisting with outreach events.


Hazel Bess-Hazel Bess is a junior at Franklin & Marshall College, where she will complete her BA in History by Spring 2017. Because of her interest in archival science she is very excited to be working with the Pete McLain collection, housing and digitizing photographs of Barnegat Bay wildlife. Hazel grew up sailing on Barnegat Bay and is passionate about ensuring the survival of its history as well as the bay itself.


Christopher Campise- Chris graduated in 2015 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. As an avid swimmer, he has always understood the importance of protecting the waters of Barnegat Bay. He is currently a rising 2L at Rutgers Law, and has worked with our advocacy team on strengthening New Jersey’s landmark fertilizer law, NJSA 58:10A-61, and on seeking the implementation of new laws prohibiting the use of urea as an ice-melt.


Michelle Gerardo-Graduated in May 2017 from Kean University with a BS in Marketing. She has a passion for creativity and design. Michelle has been working on signature education brochures and business card displays for the public and the Barnegat Bay EcoCenter.


2015 Interns

Intern Joanna PelusoJoanna Peluso – Graduated in December 2014 from The College of NJ, with a Bachelor of Arts is Sociology, interdisciplinary concentration in Environmental Studies. Joanna  joined us in January and has worked on our Fertilizer Challenge as well as various education programs. She will be assisting us this summer with the development of two new education programs.


Intern Kristin Ryerson

Kristin Ryerson – Recent graduate of Delaware Valley University, with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation and Management, minor in Environmental Science. She is currently a graduate student at Stockton University, studying Environmental Science. With Kristin’s strong background in Conservation, she will be assisting in Education & Outreach with the development of two new programs.

VIntern Victoria Eslerictoria Esler – A senior at Monmouth University, Victoria will complete her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in the Spring of 2016. Since she is interested in pursuing a career in law, with a concentration in environmental activism, we are glad she has joined our advocacy team. With guidance, she will be assisting us in developing our new young advocates program, Barnegat Bay Defenders.


Intern Roberto Nieves

Roberto Nieves – Recent graduate of Stockton University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. As Staff Writer and Photographer for The Argo, Stockton’s newspaper, he will be working with our media consultant, Chris Landi, to develop a stronger internet presence through video blogs, website updates, and our podcasts. As a volunteer with Stockton’s Water Watch group, he is already familiar with the many water-related issues our area faces every day.