COAST Student Internships Summer 2022

California State Lands Commission 

Environmental Justice Policy Implementation and 

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Internship

Host: The California State Lands Commiss​ion​ (CSLC) manages 4 million acres of tide and submerged lands and the beds of natural navigable rivers, streams, lakes, bays, estuaries, inlets, and straits along the entire coast of California and out to three miles offshore. The CSLC protects and enhances these lands and natural resources by issuing leases for use or development, providing public access, resolving boundaries between public and private lands. Through its actions, the CSLC secures and safeguards the public’s access rights to natural navigable waterways and the coastline and preserves irreplaceable natural habitats for wildlife, vegetation, and biological communities.​

The CSLC adopted an updated Environmental Justice Policy and implementation blueprint in December 2018, committing to the principle that past environmental injustices will not define California’s future. The twelve goals outlined in the Policy are bold and transformative. They reflect an urgent need to address the inequities of the past, climate change and how the impacts on human health continue to disproportionately affect marginalized and disadvantage communities. CSLC staff created an implemented its first ever Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team (JEDI Team) in 2021. The JEDI Team is dedicated to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion and addressing environmental justice within the CSLC and throughout its work. 

Location: Remote (we plan for remote or hybrid participation because of uncertainty with our future telework policy and workplace restrictions). In-person participation may be possible if public health conditions allow based on circumstances. ​

​Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2022; start and end dates are flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments.

Stipend: $6,000. Up to $2,000 in additional funding will be available to students who must relocate to participate in the internship.​​​

Time Commitment: The internship is a full time, 11-week commitment. Over the 11-week period, the intern may take up to five days off for personal reasons, vacation, or illness. If participation is less than 100%, the stipend will be prorated.

​Position Description and Responsibilities: Environmental justice is defined in California law as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” (Gov. Code, § 65040.12.) The CSLC Environmental Justice Policy includes an Implementation Blueprint to ensure that environmental justice is an essential consideration in the CSLC’s processes, decisions, and programs. In parallel to implementing the Environmental Justice Policy, CSLC staff are also engaged in efforts to advance equity within the workplace and in the CSLC decisions and actions.  The JEDI Team was convened to develop initiatives to embed justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion into the CSLC’s programs, practices, and culture.

One (1) internship is available to work with the CSLC’s Environmental Justice Liaison to advance the CSLC’s Environmental Justice Policy and JEDI Team work. Activities include the following:

  1. ​​Support the CSLC’s Environmental Justice Policy implementation by assisting with environmental justice outreach to identify community needs and ensure that environmental justice concerns are reflected in the CSLC’s work. Assist with ensuring meaningful community outreach and engagement, meeting logistics, and content development.​
  2. ​​Participate and assist in the development of content for JEDI Team meetings and JEDI Team subcommittee meetings.​
  3. ​​Support the Environmental Justice Liaison in facilitating focused discussions with CSLC staff to explore ways to continue improving how we incorporate environmental justice considerations into all facets of all of CSLC’s work.​
  4. ​​Assist the Legislative Liaison with tracking and analyzing environmental justice-related legislation.​
  5. ​​​Assist with compiling and writing an Environmental Justice Policy implementation progress report.​​​
The intern will gain valuable experience in developing meeting content and learning how to conduct meaningful community outreach and engagement. The intern will learn how to draft a progress report on the CSLC’s Environmental Justice Policy implementation, and have the opportunity to work with the CSLC’s Legislative Liaison to assist with tracking and analyzing legislation focused on environmental justice. 

The intern will also interact with the CSLC’s Marine Invasive Species Program and their CSU COAST intern to learn about this statewide program that is tasked with developing and implementing science-based policies to reduce the risk of introducing aquatic nonindigenous species into California waters through commercial shipping activities.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Basic knowledge of environmental justice and community engagement. Experience preparing PowerPoint presentations and excellent writing skills are helpful. The intern should be well organized, have strong interpersonal and analytical skills, and be capable of effective oral and written communication.

Skills Gained: The intern will gain a solid understanding of environmental justice and how State agencies are implementing environmental justice policies. The intern will gain firsthand experience conducting community outreach and engagement, and creating meeting materials. The intern will have the opportunity to interact with CSLC management, other state and federal employees, scientists, and other professionals.

Eligibility/Requirements: The intern must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with CSLC management, scientists, and the public. Applicants are also subject to general eligibility requirements.

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