COAST Student Internships Summer 2013

Application Deadline: March 18 2013, 5:00 pm Pacific time

The application period for Summer 2013 is now closed.

Want to get paid to collect abalone, test new marine technology or sample beautiful streams in northern California? Then apply for a
COAST Student Summer Internship today!

The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST), with generous support from California Sea Grant, is offering paid internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students for Summer 2013. Interns will be placed with one of several host institutions where they will work side-by-side with professional scientists on current research projects. This is an excellent opportunity for CSU students to gain valuable experience and technical skills while working with experts in fisheries, marine ecology, eco-toxicology and marine technology!

Fourteen individual internship positions are available. Host institutions are the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE), Pacific Coast Environmental Conservancy (PCEC) and PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO).

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 2013 and be considered at least a Junior at the beginning of Fall 2013 (i.e., 60 semester units or 90 quarter units completed). Graduate students must be enrolled in a degree program. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. 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 (.doc, 87 KB)
  • Complete transcripts including GPA from all colleges attended, both undergraduate and graduate (unofficial ok) as a single pdf
  • 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.

Applicants will be asked to rank their internship choices if they wish to be considered for more than one internship.

Application Deadline: Monday March 18 2013 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. 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 California Sea Grant and in-kind contributions from our host institutions. Thank you!