Coast Explorer Internship Programme

The Coast Explorer Internship Programme has been developed by P1 Marine Foundation, The Crown Estate, Vattenfall and Canterbury City Council to provide young people, who are interested in developing a career in the marine or environmental sector, with a unique opportunity of experiencing varied career opportunities.

We are inviting young people, who are 18 to 25, to join the Coast Explorer Programme Internship to gain work experience to pursue a career in sectors affiliated with the marine environment.

Programme Overview

During the course of the programme we aim to provide participants with marine and coast related skills and knowledge, such as delivering education sessions and engaging with the local community through Canterbury City Council and P1 Marine Foundation, and training opportunities such as office and field based work experience at The Crown Estate and Vattenfall.

Through the programme each candidate will be provided with external and on-the-job training to enable them to gain employment in a wide range of sectors linked with the marine environment.


The training will focus on the following areas:

Renewable Energy:
This will include providing candidates with knowledge and skills in offshore wind energy development, engineering and marine power through an office environment or field work in the areas of education, research and operations.

Marine Ecology:
Candidates will have the opportunity to take part in surveys on Reculver Beach that will provide data to an ongoing ecological survey, and learn how to identify UK species which is a vital aspect to a career in marine science.

Community Engagement:
Participants will take part in the marine environmental education programme and engage with the local community by delivering sessions to young people on marine ecology, climate change and renewable energy.

The programme will provide a range of opportunities for successful candidates which include: development of presentation and reporting skills, marine vessel experience, renewable energy research, water safety, community engagement and shore based sampling.

Internship details

The internship will run for four months from June to September. The days will be allocated to each opportunity at a number of locations including London and North Kent Coast (Thanet, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Reculver Beach).

Candidates will be provided with a structured work experience programme to provide external and on-the-job training in marine ecology, renewable energy development and community engagement. Candidates can expect the following type of activities:

• Work experience in more than one organisation’s offices related to operations in the marine environment, marine ecology and renewable energy development (this will include access to GIS information and insight into wider marine policy and legislation);
• Field work including marine vessel experience, water safety, shore based sampling;
• Community engagement through public events, meetings and surveys as well as other activities;
• Experience of presenting or leading on activities related to the Coast Explorer education programme;
• Research and report writing: a project will be set for each intern to enable some foundation level research to be undertaken and used by the sponsoring organisations (work will be accredited to the student)

Candidate requirements

Must be flexible with availability to work on the internship during June to September for office and field based work experience and further days (home-working) for completion of the research project.

Candidates will be expected to deliver a PowerPoint presentation on one area of interest related to what they’ve learnt on the internship.

Candidates will also be expected to have the following skills:
• Good attention to detail, organisational skills and ability to prioritise
• Good communication skills
• Ability to build relationships with colleagues and external stakeholders.
• An aptitude to work in a team and take a flexible approach.
• Able to manage own workload in order to meet deadlines.
• Experienced in conducting desk based research
• Good writing skills with the ability to identify key points on any issue and translate these into clear, succinct messages for key audiences.
• Good level of IT competence, with strong capabilities using MS Office
• Understanding and interest in the marine environment and its various uses and users
• Interest in renewable energy development

The internship will be unpaid but all travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses (within reason) will be reimbursed.

Candidates will be an allocated a mentor whilst on the programme to provide informal advice and information on career options, further education and or potential employers. The candidate will receive a certificate on completion.

Coast Explorer Programme Internship - Application Form

Coast Explorer Programme Internship - Application Form

To apply please fill in the application form and send it to:

Deadline for applications are Friday 28th April and interviews take place week commencing 15th May in central London.