At EarthEcho International, we recognize the power of the ocean as a source of solutions to the climate crisis. We also understand that access and connection to the ocean, and the opportunity to pursue careers that contribute to ocean-based climate solutions, is a privilege that all do not enjoy equally.
EarhEcho International's ResilienSEA Externship engages BIPOC youth ages 17-20 from frontline coastal communities in North America in a hands on professional learning experience that will introduce participants to the field of regenerative ocean aquaculture – ocean “farming” that restores coastal habitats while creating both economic and ecological benefits. As an externship, this opportunity is particularly designed as an introductory program that requires no previous coursework or experience with ocean science or aquaculture. This is a chance to get your “hands wet” for the very first time! Unlike a project/product-driven internship, this paid ResilienSEA Externship provides participants with an opportunity to learn from and network with professionals, participate in a job shadowing experience, and engage in peer learning with EarthEcho’s Youth Leadership Council to build confidence and competence to take action in externs’ home communities.
Externs will have the opportunity to build career skills in regenerative ocean aquaculture, a critical pillar of the sustainable blue economy, defined by the World Bank as the “sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems.” Externship activities include:
- twice weekly virtual training programs hosted by industry leaders from June – August, 2023;
- an all-expenses paid 3-day field experience at an aquaculture facility (location TBD) to learn alongside fellow participants;
- a hackathon-style innovation workshop on regenerative ocean aquaculture to develop projects to implement in their local community with support from EarthEcho and our partners; and finally
- a Blue Entrepreneurship and Policy Forum where ResilienSEA externs and Youth Leadership Council members will exchange ideas and amplify ocean-based climate solutions.