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COAST Student Internships Summer 2017

​​The Bay Institute 

Ocean and Coastal Policy Internship


Host: The Bay Institute

The Bay Institute is a division of bay.org​, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit with the mission to protect, restore, and inspire conservation of the San Francisco Bay and its watershed from the Sierra to the sea. The Institute’s Coast and Ocean Program focuses on issues where the Bay meets the sea, including nearshore ocean and coastal waters. The intern will work directly with the Director of the The Bay Institute’s Coast and Ocean Program, Mr. Brian Baird. Mr. Baird served as the Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy and primary ocean advisor under California Governors Brown, Schwarzenegger, Davis, and Wilson. 

Location: San Francisco

Internship Dates: June 5 - August 18, 2017; start and end dates flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.

Stipend: $5,000 (contingent upon funding)​

Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over the 11 weeks, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation or illness. If participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be pro-rated.  ​​

Position Description and Responsibilities: In 2016, The Bay Institute Coast and Ocean Program convened the first ever Action Summit, Golden State Waters: San Francisco Bay and the World Ocean, which brought top-level policy makers, government agencies, scientists, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to discuss protecting the waters where San Francisco Bay meets the ocean. The resulting Action Plan identified four priority areas for project implementation and policy development:  

​​1. Marine debris

2. ​​​Marine protected areas (MPAs)

​​​3. Climate change adaptation

​​​4. Exploration and technology


​One internship (1) is available to work on projects related to these four areas. The intern may be asked to assist with the following projects: 

1. Developing materials for public education and outreach on the issue of derelict fishing gear.

2. Developing a MPA Ambassador Specialist Program for the Golden Gate MPA Collaborative, establishing a training program and working with the State MPA Collaborative Network. 

3. Working with SF Bay Area ocean technology leaders and resource managers to initiate a forum for exploration of the ocean waters off SF Bay. 


​Additionally, another Action Summit is planned for Fall 2017. The intern will help the Director plan and coordinate the event including convening advisory groups, identifying successes and determining next steps. The intern will have the opportunity to learn about, and help develop, a renewed action agenda with experts from around California and around the U.S.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Interest​ed in influencing and/or implementing public policy for ocean and coastal protection preferred. The successful applicant may be someone who wishes to pursue a public policy career or someone who is a specialist in other areas (marine science for example) but is interested in how to harness technical disciplines to influence public policy.

Skills Gained: This internship will provide a unique experience for anyone interested in bay, coastal or ocean aspects of public policy. The intern will get real world experience working with experts in environmental education, outreach, science, and advocacy as well as community leaders, government representatives, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. 

Eligibility/Requirements: The internship is intended for an upper-class undergraduate student (juniors/seniors) or graduate student, in good academic standing with their university. Interns must be at least 18 years old and must have a valid driver’s license. The intern must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with community leaders, government representatives, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector. Applicants are also subject to additional eligibility and requirements that can be found here​. ​​

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