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 next internship period will be May 29 - August 21, 2019. We have one position available:

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. Successful candidates may be studying tourism, hospitality, international relations, international development, sustainable development, environmental management, or a similar field. The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic, creative individual who'd like to gain experience working in the nonprofit sector.

Intern responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with research and analysis on sustainable travel, particularly on Cuba, Mexico, and Caribbean projects
  • Assisting with event coordination of the 2019 World Tourism Day Forum
  • Supporting research and coordination of a book on the topic of "overtourism"
  • Conducting research for CREST's 2019 Case for Responsible Travel: Trends & Statistics
  • Helping to organize fundraising Travel Auctions
  • Assisting with the growth of CREST's Academic Affiliates network and impact tourism program
  • Providing support for CREST's fiscally sponsored projects, the Destination Stewardship Center and CARE for the Cape & Islands
  • Assisting with some administrative tasks


  • Excellent written and spoken English required
  • Advanced study of or fluency in Spanish preferred
  • 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 experience an asset
  • Ability to relocate to Washington, DC for the summer required. Remote internships will not be considered.

Internship Details & How to Apply:

CREST asks that the intern be available for a minimum of 20 hours per week, for a minimum of three months. 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 Kelsey Frenkiel by Wednesday, May 15.