View the 2021 Summer Interns below!

Emily Morrow

I was born in the Bay Area of California but was raised in N. Idaho and spent most of my time either reading, or swimming in Lake Coeur d' Alene. When I left an unfinished degree at the University of Idaho to move to Oregon, I had a brief career in property-casualty insurance before realizing that I craved finishing my education and would never be happy reading contracts for the rest of my life. When I'm not studying, I enjoy reading, biking (touring, brevet/endurance), quilting, knitting, baking, crewing or directing community theatre, and bestowing an excess of affection upon my two cats. This summer I will be an intern doing Ocean Acidification Awareness at the Oregon Coast Aquarium! Writing is my strong suit. While I would certainly never turn down an opportunity to do field research, I think I might best serve the scientific community by better understanding effective methods of communicating vital information about climate change to the general public.

The Far Side is the best. I adore cows and it's a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation, but we share a sense of humor. My favorite comfort food is homemade tostadas! It's impossible for me to eat something so colorful, messy, and tasty and not feel happy.

Sophia Dziak

My name is Sophie Dziak, and I am a Junior at Oregon State University, currently studying Design and Innovation Management. I am originally from Newport, Oregon where I was born and raised. In my spare time I like to be outdoors, hiking, camping or just enjoying time with my friends. I also love to paint and practice the piano when the weather isn't as nice. This summer I will be interning with Local Ocean Seafood and Grill, located in Newport, as their Seafood Sustainability Values intern. What I am most excited about with this opportunity is to be back in my hometown working with the most iconic restaurants in the area, and getting to see the process that goes into creating a sustainable seafood hot spot. I hope to be able to take away from this experience the work ethic and creative mindset that you need to have when creating the beautiful campaigns that Local Ocean produces. My favorite cartoon character is Jake the Dog from Adventure Time. I love his positivity and his love for his friends. My favorite escape place is anywhere near the ocean, but if i'm being more specific, the End of the World located on your way to Depoe Bay is my favorite look out spot. I have a lot of favorite comfort foods but I think my favorite is a Big Mac meal from McDonalds.

Chloe Lee

My name is Chloe Lee, and I am a 3rd year honor's student at Oregon State University, currently studying Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and minoring in Chemistry and Computer Science. In my spare time, I love to embark on adventures such as hanging out with friends, outdoor activities, hiking, eating, cooking, camping, amongst some mundane activities like listening to music and drawing. My favorite season is winter, due to the fact that I love being cozy in the vicinity of my house, sipping a cup of hot chocolate while reading a book or watching a movie. This summer, I will be interning with the Marine Science Initiative and Aquaculture staff remotely as their Media and Communications Technician Intern.   have many, many favorite cartoon characters including Shego from Kim Possible and Toph and Zuko from The Last Airbender. My favorite escape place is where I am in a place where I can see both the mountains and the ocean at the same time. I have a lot of comfort foods, but nothing beats a $3-$5 cup noodle ramen on a cold day. 

Jeremy Schaffer

My name is Jeremy Schaffer and I am finishing up my second year at OSU, majoring in Marine Studies with minors in Oceanography and History. I especially love adventure, sea kayaking, trips to the beach with my family, and of course learning about the ocean. This summer I am excited to work in Citizen Science with, “4Cast Project: Coastal Climate Change + Community Art, Science and Tradition”. I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning new things and hope to do both during this internship. I hope to broaden my possibilities by gaining public speaking, organizational and leadership experience.

My favorite comfort foods are the many desserts my younger sister makes and my favorite escape place is reading a good book while relaxing in a hot bath. I would say my favorite comic book character is probably “Red” from the old Pokemon graphic novels.

Maddie English

I am a senior majoring in environmental science with an option in aquatic biology, and minoring in marine conservation and management. I’m originally from California and enjoy traveling, scuba diving, and backpacking. I will be interning in Port Orford, where I will be studying and communicating the ecological and cultural benefits of the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve. I am looking forward to living on the coast and learning more about the human dimensions side of the marine reserve. I am hoping to gain a broader perspective of how communities use marine resources and enhance my data analysis and scientific communication skills.

My favorite comic book character is Batman. My favorite "escape place" is Camano Island in the Puget Sound. My favorite comfort food is homemade pizza. 

View Maddie's 2021 State of the Coast Presentation HERE.

Drake Gross

Hello! My name is Drake and I am currently going into my senior year at OSU and majoring in marine biology. I will be a part of the coastal tourism internship with MSI. I am really looking forward to creating projects to share with tourists and living on the beautiful Oregon coast. I hope to learn both technological and interpersonal skills from this internship, as well as communicating my ideas and passions to the public. My favorite comic book character is Silver Surfer and my favorite comfort food is grilled cheese and tomato soup. My favorite "escape place" is either the forest or the beach.