COAST Student Internships
Summer 2014

Application Deadline: Monday March 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time

Want to get paid to raise abalone, track fish, or test ROVs?
Then apply for a COAST Summer Student Internship today!

The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST), with generous support from California Sea Grant, is offering paid internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students for Summer 2014. 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!

Twelve individual internship positions are available through four different host institutions:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW)

Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE)

National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS)

Pacific Coast Environmental Conservancy (PCEC)

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 2014 and be considered at least a Junior at the beginning of Fall 2014 (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 3.00 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.
    • 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 be asked to rank their internship choices if they wish to be considered for more than one internship.

Application Deadline: Monday March 17, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Pacific timeAll 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 contributions from our host institutions. Thank you!