COAST Student Internships Summer 2021

​​​California Ocean Science Trust 

Science-Policy Internship

Host: The California Ocean Science Trust (OST) is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating progress towards the state’s vision for a healthy, resilient, and productive coast and ocean. Created under the California Ocean Resources Stewardship Act​ (CORSA) of 2000, OST brings together and synthesizes scientific information to provide the best recommendations and advice to state partners. OST is a small, nimble professional organization of ten science-policy experts who work on topics and issues that 1) are a priority for California agencies and authorities, 2) can be advanced by the application of new science or scientific approaches, and 3) include an engaged stakeholder community. 

Location: Intern may choose to be based in Sacramento (map​)​ if in-person activities are occurring, or intern may choose to work remotely from anywhere in California; intern’s lead supervisor will be based in Oakland.​

Internship Dates: June 1 - August 13, 2021; start and end dates are flexible with regard to student’s academic commitments and project schedule. 

Stipend: $6,000

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

Position Description and Responsibilities:  One (1) internship is available to work to varying degrees with the full OST team. Supervision will be a mix of in-person and remote, as OST staff work in Sacramento, Oakland, and the greater Northern CA area. The OST intern will engage in a variety of projects across many program areas (e.g., microplastics, marine protected areas, climate adaptation/sea-level rise) based on a balance between OST’s organizational needs and the intern’s background and interests. 

Potential areas of engagement and tasks include:​

  • Working with the Ocean Protection Council Science Advisory Team (OPC SAT):​ 

    OST coordinates all activities of the OPC SAT, a team of 30 interdisciplinary scientists from California and beyond that provide scientific and technical advice to the State and act as a conduit to the broader scientific community on behalf of decision-makers. OST hosts annual public workshops where the OPC-SAT discusses how to best address state priorities and launch new initiatives, including Expert Taskforces and Expert Panels. The intern may:

    • Support convening activities associated with active working groups, including follow up from a Spring 2021 workshop. 
    • Assist with tasks related to OPC SAT working procedures, including instating member terms, and review and endorsement of products. 
    • Support OPC SAT communications, including development of webpage content, blog writing, newsletters, and social media.

  • Translational science writing and communications: Translating complex science for diverse audiences to provide a rigorous foundation for policy and management dialogues. This may include developing white papers, translational reports, and meeting summaries on a range of topics, and assisting with science communications and online content development (e.g., blogs, webpages, newsletters, social media).

  • Project management: Project management tasks related to convening and coordinating groups of technical experts to develop products in support of management. This may include assisting OST staff with project scoping, developing workplans and budgets, scheduling and hosting meetings, development and review of products, and communications. 

  • Meeting and workshop planning: Assisting with planning and logistics for various meetings, conference calls, briefings, webinars and workshops with scientists and decision-makers.​

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: 

  • Some professional-level experience and/or enrollment in a graduate program preferred. 
  • Strong interpersonal, analytic, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment.
  • Interest in advancing a role for science in decision-making on behalf of California’s marine and coastal ecosystems. 
  • Ability to take on diverse tasks and play a supporting role as needed to achieve organizational goals. 
  • Ability to participate in collaborative processes to generate timely products and to work effectively with diverse public and private partners. 
  • Core internship duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations.

Skills Gained: This internship will provide a diverse educational and career experience, and numerous opportunities to interact with high-level scientists, managers, policymakers, and other partners in the NGO and stakeholder communities, as well participate in meetings and workshops. OST will mentor the intern by drafting and pursuing professional goals, offering assistance in resume building, and ensuring the intern is provided networking opportunities.

Eligibility/Requirements: The intern must be authorized to work in the United States. Travel within California may be requested (pending public health orders). Applicants are also subject to general eligibil​ity requirements​​.