About the COAST Summer Student Internship Program
COAST partners with State agencies, non-profit organizations and industry to provide paid summer internships for continuing CSU undergraduate and graduate students. Interns work side-by-side with scientists on current research projects in both field and laboratory settings throughout California. The program provides excellent opportunities to gain valuable experience and learn technical skills while working with professional marine scientists and field biologists.
Since 2011, 40 interns from 11 CSU campuses have been placed with 6 hosts: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE), National Marine Sanctuaries Program West Coast Regional Office, Pacific Coast Environmental Conservancy, and Point Blue (formerly PRBO Conservation Science). Projects have focused on fisheries, eco-toxicology, critical habitat, coastal policy, marine ecology and marine engineering.
ďThis internship has been the best experience Iíve had in my undergraduate career and I feel like Iím closer to accomplishing my goal of becoming a professional biologist.Ē
- Stephanie King, undergraduate student, CSU Long Beach
During the past 4 years, the program has been highly successful. Following their internships, a number of interns have been hired by their host organizations as a result of this program, and the experiences have been invaluable overall in helping the students refine their career choices and pathways.
California Sea Grant and the host organizations generously provide funding for this program. COAST seeks additional outside funding to continue to expand the program and offer more internship opportunities to CSU students. Please contact Dr. Krista Kamer, COAST Director, for more information.