Want to Be An Intern on an Island? Now's Your Chance


Photo: Isla Palenque courtesy of Amble Resorts

We try to treat our interns pretty well here at TreeHugger, but I'm fairly certain we've never asked them to kick their flip flops off on the beach and run Hasselhoff-style into the warm surf. That's not to say they don't have fun, but if you're looking for an equally fun internship that does involve running into the ocean, get ready to get excited. Amble Resorts, the eco development company behind the sustainable Resort at Isla Palenque, launched a contest this week to find the first intern to live on their tropical Panamanian island this summer as resident blogger. The eco resort is calling for ambitious travelers to apply for the Island Internship position by submitting a short YouTube video explaining their passion for sustainability and adventure. In addition to the 4-6 week island stay, the winner receives all travel, meals, adventures and a $2,500.00 stipend. Not too shabby.

I don't know if you college kids realize this (our interns probably do), but most jobs and internships do not take place on beautiful islands with coconut groves, protected mangrove systems, stunning beaches or monkeys, so I hope you all realize what a great opportunity this is.

I've been asked to be a judge on the panel that will determine the winner, so I hope you'll make my decision a difficult one by producing superb YouTube applications. At a minimum, please make your videos better than what our own interns can produce, otherwise we might have some disillusioned twenty-somethings upset with us.


Photo: Isla Palenque courtesy of Amble Resorts

Now, some of you might be wondering about whether eco-travel is sustainable. We think living sustainably shouldn't mean living without pleasure or fun or travel. But like all indulgences, it is probably best in moderation. Amble Founder and President, Benjamin Loomis commented on this and said "people who are passionate about preserving the environment want to get out to experience and cherish it - a challenge in the developed communities in which we work and live. Travel is inevitable for the experience-hungry, environmentally-focused mind, so we've got to do it the best way we can - with careful consideration for the environments and the cultures we visit."

I think that sums it up pretty well. And I imagine when your great internship is over and you return to the city with too many cars and pollution and far fewer monkeys and coconut groves, you'll realize the importance of living in a more sustainable way to help preserve the beauty of your temporary island home.

How to Apply
If you're interested in applying, keep an eye on the contest website and tune into the video submissions to be inspired by the next generation of environmental activists. The deadline for submissions is March 28th. For other key dates, check out the contest page. Good luck!

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