REEF Marine Conservation Interns and Lead Interns play an integral role in our daily operations, programs, events, and outreach. Since 1993, more than 150 young adults have interned with REEF and transitioned into careers all over the world, in the marine conservation field and beyond. REEF Intern Alumni have a special place in the organization, and we want to ensure that interns are able to remain engaged with REEF for years to come. 

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Were you a REEF Marine Conservation Intern?

If so, we'd love to hear from you. Interested Intern Alumni also have the opportunity to be featured in our e-News and other communications channels. Click the button below to fill our a form and tell us more. You can also email with your information and we'll be in touch.

Submit Your Intern Alumni Information Here

REEF Fest Intern Alumni Reunion

REEF Fest is an annual four-day celebration of marine conservation, held each fall in Key Largo, Florida. REEF Fest is open to the public, and all Intern Alumni are invited and encouraged to attend. During REEF Fest, Intern Alumni have the opportunity to scuba dive, attend seminars, see old friends and community members, and attend an exclusive Intern Alumni celebration. Connecting with REEF members, other Marine Conservation Intern cohorts, and the REEF staff and board is a unique opportunity that only happens at REEF Fest. For more information about the event, visit the REEF Fest page.

Intern Alumni Spotlights


Catie Alves

National Geographic Explorer Grantee & Ph.D. Candidate, UNC-Chapel Hill
Internship Session: Summer & Fall 2013


Laura Palomino

Education Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator, Marine Environmental Education Center at the Carpenter House
Internship Session: Spring & Summer 2018


Alexis Crabtree

Manager of Visual Engagement, Mote Marine Laboratory
Internship Session: Summer 2013


Jessica Levy

Reef Restoration Program Manager, Coral Restoration Foundtation
Internship Session: Summer 2012


Julia Walker

Education Program Instructor, Hogle Zoo
Internship Session: Fall 2017


Sarah Goldman

Owner, Sarah Goldman Photography
Internship Session: Fall 2002

Marine Conservation Interns have gone on to work with govenment agencies, non-profits, educational and academic institutions, and more! We are proud of all of our Intern Alumni and their accomplishments. Organizations affiliated with REEF Intern Alumni include: 

And of course, REEF! Many of our current and past staff were originally REEF Marine Conservation Interns.


Stay Connected with REEF and Other Alumni

Zoom Socials

REEF hosts Alumni Zoom Socials every other month that provide exclusive opportunites to network with professionals in the field of marine conservation. The schedule for upcoming Alumni Socials can be found at: Reminders will be sent out via the Alumni email list, and in the Facebook group.

REEF Intern Alumni Facebook Group

The Intern Alumni Facebook group is a great way to find job postings, stay up to date on the Marine Conservation Intern program, and share what you have been up to. If you are a former intern and would like to join the Facebook page, please email

Email List

REEF emails out reminders for upcoming Alumni events to our current Marine Conservation Interns and Alumni. If you would like to recieve these emails, please email It is important to let us know when your email changes so you do not miss out on any future events!


Sponsors and Support

The Marine Conservation Internship and Lead Intern Program would not be possible without generous support from individual REEF members and foundations. We especially appreciate the current and past generous financial support from: The Argus Fund, Carlos and Allison Estape, Scott and Selina Heppell, Johnny Leuthold, Mel McCombie and Harris Friedberg, John McGurl and Michelle Gluck.