Summer Internship Program

Formerly known as the Coral Reef Initiative Summer Internship, the DCRM Summer Internship program works to raise community awareness of coral reef and coastal zone issues, threats, and the efforts underway to protect them. Participants are provided with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in resource management, and are encouraged to pursue an education and/or career in environmental conservation.



  • 15 interns are selected through an interview process and must be either a high school graduate or a current college student
  • Interns are placed with an experienced mentor at the various environmental agencies on Saipan including, but not limited to, Division of Coastal Resources Management, Division of Environmental Quality, Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance, Division of Fish & Wildlife, and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
  • 10 week program between June and August (dates vary every year)
  • In addition to working on a CNMI-specific conservation project, each intern must write a news article and present on their completed project
  • Since 2002, over 100 students have completed the summer program



  • Experience gained through the internship program will help students prepare for and obtain careers in the environmental conservation field in the CNMI
  • About 25% of current DCRM staff are former interns
  • Numerous former interns have been able to obtain jobs at the Division of Environmental Quality, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, and Mariana Islands Nature Alliance, among others


now accepting applications for the 2024 summer cohort!


2024 Internship Flyer



  • CNMI Employment Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Two (2) recommendation letters (instructors and/or employers only)
  • Copy of Valid Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)

Completed application packets may be submitted via email to or in-person to the DCRM Office (3rd floor, BECQ Building, Middle Road, Gualo Rai).


A Series of articles written by the 2023 dcrm interns

2023 Intern Articles


A Series of articles written by the 2022 dcrm interns

2022 Intern Articles - Final Draft - Newspaper Layout


A Series of articles written by the 2021 dcrm interns

2021 Series of Articles


A Series of articles written by the 2020 dcrm interns

A Series of Articles - DCRM Internship


Visit this page to learn more about past internships.