COAST-CDFG Student Internships Summer 2011

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Want to get paid to collect abalone, handle live fish or sample beautiful streams in California? Then apply for a COAST-CDFG Summer Internship today!

The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) are offering paid internships for continuing CSU students for Summer 2011. Interns will be placed throughout California to work side-by-side with CDFG biologists on current research projects. Activities and qualifications vary with each specific internship (see descriptions following general program announcement). This is an excellent opportunity for CSU students to gain valuable experience and technical skills while working with expert biologists.

Intern requirements
Applicants must be continuing CSU students in good standing either going into their junior or senior year or graduate students enrolled in a degree program. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Both part-time and full-time students may apply.

Please note, 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 while others require fieldwork and have 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 Deadline: Thursday March 31 2011 5 p.m. Pacific time
To apply, complete the online application form and submit the additional required materials:

  • Transcript including GPA (unofficial ok);
  • Letter of recommendation from CSU faculty member;

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

Support will be provided to help defray housing and transportation costs. This support may be administered through the applicant’s home campus. Applicants should consult with appropriate personnel concerning the potential impact of this support on other forms of compensation already received from or through their university, including financial aid.

Interns will be required to complete all necessary CDFG paperwork and complete evaluation forms. Interns will be required to become volunteers for the Department.

Please contact Dr. Krista Kamer (, COAST Coordinator, with any questions.

Internship Descriptions: