COAST Student Internships Summer 2016

Application Deadline: Monday March 14, 2016, 5:00 p.m. PST

Want to get paid to explore the ocean, develop new technolo​gy,

or help protect natural resources?

Then apply for a COAST Summer Student Internship today!

The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) is offering paid internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students for Summer 2016. Interns will be placed with one of 13 host institutions where they will work side-by-side with professional scientists on current research and management projects. This is an excellent opportunity for CSU students to gain valuable experience and technical skills while working with experts in fisheries, marine ecology, policy and marine technology!

Please click on the internship title in the table below for individual internship descriptions.



Location in CA

CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Region

Marine Invertebrate Fisheries Management

Bodega Bay

Southern California Fisheries Research and Management

Los Alamitos

CA State Lands Commission Marine Invasive Species Program

Ballast Water

Hercules or Sacramento

Vessel Biofouling Management

Long Beach

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Ocean Exploration


Santa Barbara

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

Tourism and Recreation

San Francisco

Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE)

Marine Engineering


Marine Biology


Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Management Plan Review


National Marine Protected Areas Center

Marine Protected Area Inventory (no longer available)


NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Protected Resources Division

Abalone Conservation and In-Situ Abalone Behavior Analysis

Long Beach or La Jolla

Green and Pink Abalone Conservation and Culture

Long Beach and San Pedro

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, Sustainable Fisheries Division

Sustainable Fisheries

Long Beach

Ocean Aero, Inc.

Electronics and/or Software Engineering

San Diego

Mechatronics Engineering

San Diego

Office of National Marine Sanctuaries West Coast Regional Office

Resource Protection


Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc.

Ocean Modeling and Prediction


Seatrec, Inc.

Thermal Energy Generator



Applicants must be continuing CSU students in good standing. Applicants must still be students during the internship (i.e., must not have graduated). Undergraduate students must have completed at least two full years of coursework by the end of Spring 2016 and be considered at least a Junior at the beginning of Fall 2016 (i.e., 60 semester units or 90 quarter units completed). Graduate students must be enrolled in a degree program. Both part-time and full-time students may apply.

Internship Requirements
Activities and qualifications vary with each internship. Each internship has specific preferred experience and capabilities, eligibility/requirements (including coursework, skills and physical capabilities) and is based in a specific area of California. If selected, it is expected that the intern will be able to relocate him/herself to the specified locale for the entirety of the internship. Several internships require working with data in an office setting and the core duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations while others require intense fieldwork and have extreme physical requirements such as

  • Carrying equipment up to 50 pounds,
  • Working in remote locations,
  • Working out of small boats,
  • Controlling equipment and accurately and legibly recording data during harsh weather conditions.


Application Materials and Procedures
Submit each of the following as an email attachment to

  • Completed application form (.docx, 97 KB)
  • Complete transcripts including GPA from all colleges attended, both undergraduate and graduate (unofficial ok) as a single pdf
  • Professional resume (two-page maximum) (resources)
  • Letter of recommendation
    • The letter must be submitted directly by a CSU faculty member.
    • The letter must be on institutional letterhead and signed by the faculty member.
    • Ideally, the letter should be submitted from a faculty member who knows you well and can speak to your personality and skills and elaborate on why you are a good candidate for this internship.
    • The letter can be addressed to CSU COAST.
Applicants will have the opportunity to apply for up to four internship positions on one application.


Application Deadline: Monday March 14, 2016, 5:00 p.m. PST. All materials must be submitted by this deadline.

Applicants should consult with appropriate personnel on their home campus concerning the potential impact of support provided through COAST internships on other forms of compensation already received from or through their university, including financial aid.

Please direct all questions to the COAST Coordinator, Beth Pardieck (

This program is made possible with generous financial support from our host institutions. Thank you!

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