Over the years, CREST has developed a strong internship program to provide real-life sustainable tourism educational opportunities to outstanding students from around the world. We believe education is the key to a sustainable future, and the CREST staff always learns just as much from our interns as they do from us! Internship programs are available during the Fall, Spring, and Summer academic semesters.

CREST's Fall 2017 internship positions are full. Spring applications will open in October 2017. Here is a typical internship description:

Program & Research Intern

CREST Program and Research Interns provide assistance on research and consulting projects, as well as provide general support when needed for CREST programming. This position is based in Washington, DC, and is a great opportunity for someone looking to expand their knowledge of responsible and sustainable travel in hospitality, events, and/or destination management. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, creative individual who'd like to gain experience working in the non-profit sector.

Intern responsibilities will include:

  • assisting with research and analysis on sustainable travel, particuarly on Cuba & Mexico projects
  • working with social media and content for the website to promote the organization and 2017 as the UN Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
  • providing support for consulting and research projects
  • helping to organize Eco-Travel Auctions
  • supporting distribution and marketing of CREST books on climate change and coastal & marine tourism
  • providing marketing and distribution support for latest CREST documentary
  • providing event organization support for sustainable tourism conference in Cuba, scheduled for the fall
  • assisting with some administrative tasks


  • Excellent written and spoken English required
  • Ability to work on a team and also self-sufficiently
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Creative, flexible, and organized
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Previous substantive research or marketing experience an asset
  • Advanced study of or fluency in Spanish preferred

CREST asks that the intern be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week, for a minimum of three months. Start date can be flexible; end of May preferred. As the internship is unpaid, preference will be given to students seeking academic credit. Graduate students are preferred, though consideration will be given to exceptional undergraduates.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, two references (name, position, and contact information), and a short writing sample to Samantha Hogenson.