Are you early in your career or looking to make a change?  Do you want to use your skills and learn new ones?  Boston Harbor Now offers half- and full-time fellowships lasting 10 weeks to one year to emerging professionals ages 16 to 100.  

Fellows participate fully in our policy campaigns, public events, fundraising and social media programs and in return receive professional experience and training.  People of color and military veterans are encouraged to apply. 


Summer 2020 Internship Opportunities

Programs and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator

This summer, Boston Harbor Now seeks a motivated and energetic intern to assist with recreational programming and special events. Taking direction from the programs team, these interns will help to facilitate a series of enriching public programs on a regular weekly basis, including children’s art activities, adult fitness programs, concerts and theater performances, and weekly public kayak programs. This position is based out of our office in downtown Boston but duties take place largely outdoors on the Boston Harbor Islands and other waterfront public spaces.

Some Responsibilities:

  • Working outdoors on the with a diverse audience of families and community groups visiting the Boston Harbor Islands
  • Leading games, arts and crafts, and other play activities for children and families
  • Completing 3-day kayak instructor training program and offering introductory kayak classes to the public
  • Setting up equipment and working with musicians to help facilitate outdoor concert series
  • See job description for full list of responsibilities: Programs and Recreation Coordinator 2020 (

Hours:  This position is 4-5 days per week depending on program needs.  Schedule during peak summer months will generally be Thursday – Monday.  All candidates must commit to working weekends.  This position starts on June 5 and lasts until September 2.

Compensation:  $3,000 stipend

To Apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to Liz Cook at

Marketing and Communications Summer Fellowship (June – August)

Boston Harbor Now currently seeks engaged, highly motivated individuals for a Summer Fellowship in Nonprofit Marketing and Communications. Positions specifically focus on implementation of a waterfront-wide program evaluation and survey of Boston’s waterfront visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. The role will also require social media management skills and digital content creation which may include photography, videography, graphic design and copywriting. Some support of community organizing, event planning and other projects may be required that match your interests and our needs. Boston Harbor Now offers our interns and fellows a professional work environment, mentoring and support for job seekers. We also cover internship-related local travel expenses.

Ideal Candidates would exhibit:

  • The ability to work both on a team and independently
  • Comfort and familiarity with basic social media platforms (FB, IG, Twitter, YouTube)
  • A nearly obsessive attention to detail
  • An affinity for writing witty copy
  • An eye for the perfect Insta post
  • A desire to learn more about Boston Harbor and what makes it awesome.

Compensation: $2,500 stipend

To Apply: Send a cover letter, social media samples, and resume to Christian Merfeld at

Martin Luther King Scholar (July – August)

Boston Harbor Now is looking for three high school students to spend their summer on the waterfront!

What: Learn about urban planning, public space, climate change, and community outreach on Boston’s Harborwalk, Harbor Islands, and the Greenway. Be part of our diverse team. GET PAID!

When: July 9 to August 17

Who: High school students living in every neighborhood of Boston between the ages of 16 and 18 are eligible to apply to be MLK Scholars.

Your Job: Create content for blogs, newsletters, and social media, and develop recommendations for improving parks and open spaces.

Your Skills: Good at working on a team, enjoy doing research by interviewing or observing, document places by taking photographs and writing about your experience, curious about the city and the harbor

Your Summer: Explore East Boston, Charlestown, Long Wharf, and Georges Island. Collaborate with professionals who are working on the waterfront. Learn new skills that can apply to college and future jobs.

Interested? Send your resume and an email about why you’re excited to work with us (or your questions about the job) to Alice Brown at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through June 22. 

Teachers: Download MLK Scholars – BHN Job Description PDF here. More info about John Hancock’s MLK Scholars program.

“Be confident in everything you do.”

An MLK Scholar from 2015-2016, Takora worked for Boston Harbor Now as a social media manager, marketing their Waterfront Planning and Development initiatives. She sees the summers as transformative because the program pushed beyond her comfort zone and made her step up as a leader.

She says the program helped her transition to college, giving her the confidence she needed as a student athlete. She just finished her freshman year at Temple University where she plays basketball. The MLK Scholars program helped her procure a job at GrlzRadio, where she started to love broadcasting. She is hoping to secure a position with NBC.