COAST Student Internships Summer 2023

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, and 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. In parallel to implementing the Environmental Justice Policy, CSLC staff created and 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 and format: Remote; In-person participation may be offered if the intern resides close to the greater Sacramento area or Long Beach. 

​Internship Dates: June 1 - August 16, 2023

Stipend: $8,000

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. 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 disadvantaged communities.

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. Work on joint project with the CSLC Marine Invasive Species Program and their CSU COAST intern to create GIS maps showing the extent to which disadvantaged communities might experience impacts from invasive species along the California coast. The interns will use nonindigenous species distribution data from the CDFW Cal-Nemo database and CalEnviroScreen data to create multi-layered GIS maps.
  3. Participate and assist in the development of content for JEDI Team meetings and JEDI Team subcommittee meetings.
  4. 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 CSLC’s work.
  5. Assist with compiling and writing an Environmental Justice Policy implementation progress report.
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 gener​al eligibility requirements​​.