COAST Student Internships Summer 2012

Application Deadline: March 6 2012, 5:00 pm Pacific time

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 2012. 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!

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

Applicants must be continuing CSU students in good standing. Undergraduate students must have completed at least two full years of coursework by the end of Spring 2012 and be considered at least a Junior at the beginning of Fall 2012. 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
To apply, complete the online application form and submit the additional required materials:

  • Complete transcripts including GPA from all colleges attended, both undergraduate and graduate (unofficial ok);
  • Letter of recommendation from 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: Tuesday March 6 2012 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. All materials must be submitted by this deadline.

Support Provided
Each intern will receive $2,500 paid directly to them by San Francisco State University (SFSU) at the end of the internship. Payment is contingent upon receipt of a report from the supervisor confirming that the intern worked 40 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks and completed all requested tasks and activities satisfactorily. Applicants should consult with appropriate personnel on their home campus concerning the potential impact of this support on other forms of compensation already received from or through their university, including financial aid.

Please direct all questions to the COAST Director, Dr. Krista Kamer (

This program is made possible with generous financial support from California Sea Grant and in-kind contributions from our host institutions. Thank you!

COAST Summer Internship Flyer (.pdf, 1.04 MB)

COAST Summer Internship Announcment (.pdf, 12 KB)