SOA Fellowship Program


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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 an 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.

Campaigns Fellow

The Campaigns Fellow will assist SOA staff in executing campaigns. Responsibilities include: communication with partner organizations, drafting ideas for future campaigns, working with SOA staff to carry out an existing campaign. SOA has recently begun implementing the #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 campaign 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 chapter resources, making sure SOA chapters are supported in their projects and commitments. Responsibilities include: coordinating speakers for chapter campuses and summits, compiling webinar series and resource toolkits, facilitating connections and networking with chapter members and the greater global community. This fellowship will improve communication and networking skills, as well as provide an in depth understanding of how to implement and lead projects.

Event Partnerships Fellow

The Event Partnerships Fellow will facilitate the brainstorming and outreach to potential event partners, in order to expand SOA's attendance at global conferences and events. Responsibilities include: facilitating outreach to ocean sustainability events and working with different institutions to bring SOA to these events, brainstorming potential collaborations with partners,  finding/contacting new partners for events. This fellowship offers great benefit in building a vast ocean network and opportunities to attend global ocean meetings.

Creative Media Fellow

The Creative 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: updating the SOA website (experience with CSS/HTML and WordPress helpful), photographing and producing recap videos of SOA events, graphic design for SOA campaigns/social media posts, developing and make digital market advertisements. This fellowship offers experience in performing digital media tasks, and mobilizing creativity into impactful change.

Chapter Outreach Fellow

The Chapter Outreach Fellow will be key in SOA's development of a global youth network. Responsibilities include: expanding SOA chapters by reaching out to students and administration at high schools and universities, as well as young professionals, maintaining communication with existing SOA chapters. SOA is looking for outreach fellows who are interested in focusing their efforts on specific regions of the world. This fellowship will improve communication skills and build a strong network of other youth leaders.

Chapter Database Fellow

The Chapter Database Fellow will work towards developing a database of resources, news and opportunities for our chapter members. Responsibilities include: researching new opportunities in the ocean community, compiling new ocean research, finding and facilitating chapter connections to mentors and organizations through the database. This fellowship will give experience in database development, and provide vast opportunities to network and learn about current ocean issues.

Correspondent Fellow

The Correspondent Fellow will be in charge of compiling messages from the greater ocean community to share on our blog, website, social media channels, and newsletter. Responsibilities include: conducting interviews, contacting entrepreneurs, ocean start-ups and global ocean leaders, writing language to contribute to the SOA website and blog, 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.