Host: The California Ocean Science Trust (OST) is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating progress towards the state’s vision for a healthy, resilient, and productive coast and ocean. Created under the California Ocean Resources Stewardship Act (CORSA) of 2000, OST brings together and synthesizes scientific information to provide the best recommendations and advice to state partners. OST is a small, nimble professional organization of ten science-policy experts who work on topics and issues that 1) are a priority for California agencies and authorities, 2) can be advanced by the application of new science or scientific approaches, and 3) include an engaged stakeholder community.
Location: Intern based in Sacramento (map); intern’s lead supervisor based in Oakland
Internship Dates: June 1 - August 14, 2020; start and end dates are flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments and project schedule.
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 percent, the stipend will be prorated.
Position Description and Responsibilities: One (1) internship is available to work to varying degrees with the full OST team. Supervision will be a mix of in-person and remote, as OST staff work in Sacramento, Oakland, and the greater Northern CA area. The OST intern will engage in a variety of projects across many program areas (e.g., microplastics, marine protected areas, climate adaptation/sea-level rise) based on a balance between OST’s organizational needs and the intern’s background and interests.
Preferred Experience and Capabilities:
Skills Gained: This internship will provide a diverse educational and career experience, and numerous opportunities to interact with high-level scientists, managers, policymakers, and other partners in the NGO and stakeholder communities, as well participate in meetings and workshops. OST will mentor the intern by drafting and pursuing professional goals, offering assistance in resume building, and ensuring the intern is provided networking opportunities.
Eligibility/Requirements: The intern must be authorized to work in the U.S. Travel within California may be required. The intern must possess a valid driver’s license permitting driving within the U.S. and may be required to use their own vehicle for travel, reimbursable at the state rate. Applicants are also subject to
general eligibility requirements.