Join The SOA Team!

Current Fellowship positions are full. We will open applications and begin accepting new fellows in January.


2018 SOA Fellowship Interest Form

SOA Fellowship Program

What is it?

The SOA Fellowship Program is a professional development program for young leaders determined to help protect our ocean. Fellows gain leadership opportunities and valuable experiences in applying their skills, while building a strong ocean sustainability network in the process. At SOA, fellows play a fundamental role in maintaining daily operations, as well as communication, website development, media, growing chapter presence, and other aspects. Fellows also secure higher chances of being accepted to national and international conferences as a SOA youth delegate.

Please Note

  • This is an unpaid fellowship.
  • Fellowships are remote. You can be an SOA Fellow from anywhere in the world!
  • Start Date: Rolling acceptances depending on your start date preference.


  • Must be a student or young professional.
  • 5 hours/week dedicated to your fellowship work.
  • Minimum 6 months commitment *If you have a less time availability but would still like to be part of the SOA team, please fill out this application anyway and we will contact you to work with your schedule.


Social Media Fellow

The Social Media Fellow will be in charge of posting to social media accounts on several platforms. Responsibilities include: daily posts (ex. articles, pictures, news, and other relevant information related to ocean sustainability/conservation), live posts from SOA held or SOA attended events (ex. SOA summit, U.N. conferences, etc.), reporting SOA news and accomplishments (ex. inclusion of SOA in U.N. Youth Solutions Report, updates on SOA chapters), promoting SOA events, gaining a wider following on social media, responding to all social media inquiries or forwarding messages to relevant SOA staff. This fellowship will improve professional language and communication skills.

Programs Fellow

The Programs Fellow will assist SOA staff in executing programs. Responsibilities include: communication with partner organizations, drafting ideas for future programs, working with SOA staff to carry out an existing program. SOA is currently working on planning for the Our Oceans Conference in October and developing the plans for a #stopsucking campaign, with The Lonely Whale Foundation across college campuses (as part of Lonely Whale's strawless ocean campaign). This fellowship will allow for in-depth knowledge of program development and tasks, as well as the opportunity to lead a team and campaign.

Chapter Development Fellow

The Chapter Development Fellow will be key in SOA's development of a global youth network. Responsibilities include maintaining communication with existing SOA chapters, expanding SOA chapters by reaching out to students and administration at high schools and universities, as well as young professionals, making sure SOA chapters are supported in their projects and commitments. This fellowship will improve communication skills and build a strong network of other youth leaders.

Partnership Fellow

The Partnership Fellow will act as the main point of contact between SOA and Partner organizations. Responsibilities include: maintaining frequent contact with partners, brainstorming potential collaborations with partners, finding/contacting new partners. This fellowship offers great benefit in building a vast ocean network.

Media Fellow

The Media Fellow will assist the SOA team on all media work. To apply for this fellowship you do not need to be familiar with all the following responsibilities, but the more the merrier! Responsibilities include: producing recap videos of SOA events, graphic design for SOA campaigns/social media posts, help develop and make digital market advertisements. This fellowship allows for valuable experience and practice performing digital media tasks.

Website Development Fellow

The Website Development Fellow will run the SOA website. Responsibilities include: updating the SOA website with chapter news, recaps of SOA events, and new campaigns. To apply for this position you should have skills in html/css, web development, or creating of websites on wordpress or other website making platforms. This fellowship helps web developers refine and practice their skills.

Research Fellow

The Research Fellow will gather research in the field of ocean sustainability to share with the SOA network . Responsibilities include: conduct literature review on ocean/science research, stay up-to-date on any ocean/science research, prepare summaries of research to share with SOA team. This fellowship will improve knowledge of ocean sustainability topics and innovative scientific research.

Correspondent Fellow

The Correspondent Fellow will be in charge of compiling messages from the greater ocean community to share on our website, social media channels, and newsletter. Responsibilities include: conducting interviews, contacting global ocean leaders, writing language to contribute to the SOA website, social media channels, and newsletter. This fellowship will improve communication skills and public speaking.

Design Your Own Fellowship

If you have an idea of how SOA could improve or a skill you feel SOA can use, design your own fellowship.