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The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) office is pleased to offer a variety of internships every year, focusing on interdisciplinary topics of the ocean and coasts. Two internship deadlines have been extended! View details below.

Big Blue Film Festival Development

Location: Newport & Corvallis, OR

Timeline: Begins Summer 2022 and, and might extend longer through Fall 2022 and into Spring 2023. Approximately 8-10 hours/week in Spring and Fall terms. The Summer 2022 internship period is 40 hours/week.

Details: Assist the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC), Marine Studies Initiative (MSI), and Oregon State Productions (OSP) in developing the programming and operation of the ocean and coastal-themed Big Blue Film Fest in Newport, Oregon. The student will help with developing a festival business plan, a festival program, a volunteer strategy, a film submission process, a marketing plan, and guidelines for film and speaker programming, as well as recruit sponsors and partners.

Intern will work 40 hours/week in summer and 8 hours/week in other terms.


Citizen Arts & Sciences

 Project with 4CAST and Cascade Head Biosphere Team

Location: Cascade Head, near Lincoln City, OR

Details: Intern will work closely with the Project Team Leader supporting all project team members and assist in the day to day organization and implementation of this multi-stakeholder project.  Activities will include convening our science, art and traditional ecological knowledge partners with citizen scientists, and state / federal agencies to serve the overarching goal of identifying and measuring the thermal impacts of climate change on inter-related habitats within the Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve.Position Summary: This summer internship occurs within the UN’s Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve (CHBR) at the mouth of the Salmon River on Oregon’s Central Coast which will serve as the projects key “sentinel site” for data collection. The intern will be provided lodging within the biosphere in order to minimize travel time and increase connectivity with this tightly knit community. The intern will work closely with the CHBR team who will be the lead organizing body at the sentinel site.

They will also work closely with the projects “Habitat Leaders” team leaders for the sites:

  • Upland
  • Riverine/ Estuarine
  • Near Shore
  • Sub-tidal
  • Human habitats

As well as those heading up each of the five “Project Disciplines”:

  • Science
  • Art
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Media
  • Volunteers

During summer of 2022 the project will be in full “launch mode” for our field programs across all disciplines. This will involve both remote and field work and the initial engagement with, and training of, a “core cadre” of local citizen scientists and artists who will form the future project trainers and coordinators interfacing with the public.

In addition to field work and working with the public, this position involves helping develop and implement strategies to recruit more underrepresented high school and college students (Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian, etc.).


Additional Information 

Housing: Summer group housing is provided at HMSC

Hours: Summer Internships are 40-hours per week commitment. Within or in addition to this commitment, interns are expected to perform work to fulfill scholarly expectations such as project plan writing, poster creation, and presentation prep and delivery.

Compensation: Interns will receive compensation as an Oregon State University hourly student worker. Total salary depends on internship location and housing arrangement. Summer salary range is $4,800-$6,240 for a full-time, 10-week period internship commitment. The hourly salary rate for the Spring-Summer-Fall Internships is $12-$15.60/hour. 

Eligibility: This internship is open to all qualified/eligible OSU undergraduate students and Oregon community college students. Preference will be given to those community college students enrolled in the OSU Degree Partnership Program. All job offers are contingent upon Human Resources final approval. If you are enrolled in summer classes, to qualify for this internship, you cannot be enrolled in more than 5 credits to fulfill the 40-hour/week paid internship requirement. Seniors must be enrolled as an OSU student in Summer 2022 to be eligible. All job offers are contingent upon Human Resources' final approval. 

PLEASE NOTE: Some positions require driving a University, agency or personal vehicle, thus intern must possess and maintain a current valid driver’s license in their state of residence to be eligible for use of University vehicles. Additional requirements may apply, if incumbent chooses to use personal vehicle or a rented or leased vehicle.


Application Deadline is May 20, 2022 or until suitable candidate is found.




Questions? Contact:  Academic Advisor, Cynthia Leonard - [email protected]

OSU seeks diversity as a source of enrichment for our university community. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.