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.
The program began in 2011 with the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG), which hosted nine interns from seven CSU campuses. In 2012, additional support from California Sea Grant allowed expansion of the program to include three additional host organizations: Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE), Pacific Coast Environmental Conservancy (PCEC) and PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO). Eleven interns from five different campuses worked on fisheries, eco-toxicology and marine ecology.
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
In just two years the program has been highly successful. Four interns were hired by DFG as a result of this program, and the experiences have been invaluable overall in helping the students refine their career choices and pathways.
COAST seeks 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.