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 is now accepting applications for a special term, beginning June 25 and going through September 28, with a possible extension through the fall semester.

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, and Caribbean projects
  • providing event organization support for CREST's & the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies' Fall 2018 World Tourism Day Forum on "overtourism"
  • providing support for consulting projects
  • helping to organize Eco-Travel Auctions
  • assisting with the growth of CREST's Academic Affiliates network
  • assisting with communications
  • 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

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 Samantha Bray by Wednesday, May 16th.