COAST partners with federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations and industry to provide paid summer internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students. Interns work side-by-side with scientists on current research projects in both field and laboratory settings throughout California. The program provides excellent opportunities to gain valuable experience and learn technical skills while working with professional scientists studying marine and coastal issues.
HSU undergraduate Anne Nash bleeding a rockfish. Image courtesy of PCEC.
Since 2011, 49 interns from 15 CSU campuses have been placed with a variety of hosts including
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife,
CA State Lands Commission Marine Invasive Species Program,
Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE),
SeaTrec, Inc., and several
National Marine Sanctuaries. Projects have focused on fisheries, eco-toxicology, invasive species, resource management and marine engineering.
- Stephanie King, undergraduate student, CSU Long Beach
The program has been highly successful. Following their internships, a number of interns have been hired by their host organizations as a result of this program, and the overall experiences have been invaluable in helping students refine their career choices and pathways.
The host organizations generously provide matching funding for this program. COAST seeks additional outside funding to continue to expand the program and offer additional internship opportunities to CSU students. Please contact
Dr. Krista Kamer, COAST Director, for more information.