Are you a student seeking an internship focused on coastal or ocean issues?


If yes, we are excited to help you find an opportunity.

Our goal in the Marine Studies Initiative is to work with programs across campus and develop more opportunities for learning outside the classroom, including internships that give students research and career experiences locally, nationally, and internationally. 

Internships are typically short-term work assignments related to your major or career interests. Completing an internship is an excellent way to develop the hands-on skills and professionalism needed for a successful transition into the work place. 

For more information, contact us and use the resources on this page.


Connect with your academic program advisor about your internship interests. 

Also, see:

List of Coastal and Marine Internships
  •  Marine Studies Office has compiled a list of marine-focused internships in Oregon, across the nation, and internationally. Contact us for more information.
Career Development Center
  • Information about what exactly an internship is, why you should complete one, information on academic internships, strategies for finding a great internship opportunity, and legal aspects you should be aware of when completing an internship.
  • A tool offered through the Career Development Center for finding internships, part-time jobs while you're in school, and entry-level positions as you transition from college to career. Open internship positions are posted by local, regional, and national employers from a wide range of industries; you're sure to find one that fits your goals.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

(Newport, Corvallis)


 2019 Summer Internships

(Newport, Port Orford, Bandon)


Meet the Summer Interns


Jake Pinkus

When Jake was young, he often found himself taking long adventures in the local woodlands after school.  His appreciation of nature led to a fascination of the natural environment and growing plants.  After experiencing destructive farming techniques during a summer job in high school, he figured there must be a better way. This led Jake to study Ecological Agriculture at the University of Vermont.

Jake’s internship with MSI will focus on dulse farming.  Dulse is a seaweed recognized for its health benefits and its familiar taste of bacon. He looks forward to mastering how to grow and process dulse for the highest quality product and lowest environmental impact.

Jake hopes to apply his summer experience to his post-university travels. He is formulating plans to transform low-income farming communities in parts of South America using modern agricultural techniques and specialty crops like Dulse.

His favorite comic book character is Storm.

His favorite comfort food is seaweed salad.

Check out Jake’s final REU presentation below:

 Cora Rose Bobo-Shisler


"I am a grown and raised Oregonian and nature lover. I am a second-year Ecological Engineering student here at OSU. I also have a love for plants and organic agriculture which has led me to add a minor in Horticulture. My main career interests are in ecosystem restoration, which is inclusive of both marine and terrestrial habitats.

My internship is attempting to contribute research to help save a dying mud shrimp species. I will be sampling and analyzing sediment samples from the Yaquina Bay where there are some remaining mud shrimp. I will be looking for a few different things, but one of the main goals is to find out if there are cable bacteria present in the shrimp burrows.  

One of the things I am most looking forward to about the internship is gaining experience with field work. I love being outside and know that I want my future career to involve field work. I am also really looking forward to learning new researching skills such as sampling and analysis techniques. I hope to apply my new knowledge and new skills in creative ways when I am working as an ecological engineer."

Cora's favorite animated movie is Finding Nemo.

Cora's favorite comfort food is fried rice, which she likes to cook with different vegetables and serve with a peanut sauce.

Check out Cora’s final REU presentation below:

Tara Pierce

"Growing up all over the California coast gave me an ocean obsession. My daily life included surfing with seals, swimming with dolphins, and exploring tidepools and sea caves full of crabs. During my undergrad I lived on a 26ft sailboat and struggled to choose a major between art and marine biology.

The happy middle ground came to me when I found Environmental Art and dedicated my art career to ocean issues. The new Environmental Arts & Humanities MA program at OSU sounded like a perfect fit, and I am looking forward to defending my thesis project in December 2018.

My internship is at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. This is the first summer this particular internship is running, which seeks to combine art and science with interdisciplinary work. I plan on hosting drawing workshops for scientists, locals, and visitors. These workshops will examine where art and science overlap - observation.

I am looking forward to many aspects of this internship. As an eco-artist working on ocean issues, being near the sea daily is critical to my art practice (and my well-being, as the ocean feel more like home than anywhere else). Working alongside marine scientists will provide an exciting perspective, especially if I get to spend time on a research vessel at sea. This experience will be an immersion into the fields that fascinated me and an immersion into various methods of knowledge production. It will inform my art practice, providing me with insights on the most effective way to promote positive change with my art. "

Tara's favorite comic book character is Hobbs, from Calvin & Hobbs. 

Tara's favorite comfort food is hot cocoa with homemade whip.

Check out Tara’s final REU presentation below:

Keana Pigg

"I am senior at Oregon State University studying Digital Communication Arts and minoring in anthropology and business and entrepreneurship. I love to go on adventures and travel. In fact, I studied abroad with Semester at Sea and had the opportunity to travel to twelve countries in four months! My internship with MSI will be to help develop the Guide, Outfitter Recognition and Professional Development Program at the Oregon Coast! I will collaborate and communicate with clients, guides, key audiences and other professional in the tourism industry. I am looking forward to learning more about tourism at the Oregon Coast as well as explore new areas of the coast myself. I hope that one day I will be able to apply what I learned to help create a more sustainable future."

Keana's favorite comic book character is Iron Man.

Keana's favorite comfort food is very cheesy mac and cheese.


Learn more about Keana's internship here: Keana's MSI internship

Charles Leal

"I currently am an undergraduate senior attending Oregon State University for Environmental Science and Oceanography. I hope to one day work with fisheries and marine pollution to help mitigate and improve our ecosystems. I work mostly with Professor Byron Crump of CEOAS in his lab focusing on the ecology and genetic expressions of microbiomes in estuarial environments. I enjoy science and discovering ways that science can help with environmental issues. When I am not working on ecology I am working my alternative job playing drums and performing at music events in the band "Riptides to the Sky". I am a native to Oregon and have lived in the area for most of my life, I am of Hispanic and Sioux Native American decent and the first in my family to obtain a college degree.

My internship this summer will be working with NOAA’s fishery department studying the recent invasions of pyrosomes in the waters off the Oregon coast. Pyrosomes are a multicellular tunicate colonial organism, they are more commonly known as Sea Pickles. Occupation in these areas by pyrosomes are very new and are imposing adverse effects on our fisheries. Pyrosomes also consume a large amount of plankton, which could also impose adverse effects on our fishery ecosystems. Not much is known about these organisms effect on the environment, my studies will focus on their contribution to the biological carbon system and their influences on hypoxia and benthic food webs through assessing the rate of sinking, decomposition, and carbon contents when the organisms die.

I am looking forward to compiling new information on the effects of pyrosomes on our environments for future mitigation of these organisms. I am also exited to go out to sea on cruises to collect more pyrosomes for studies. Our goal is to bring back a pyrosome and keep it alive to assess their ecological behavior, something that has not been done before. I hope to better improve my skills as a scientist and gain experience for future ecological studies and for a professional career in using science to mitigate adverse ecological issues."

His favorite hero is Captain Planet, "taking pollution down to zero!"

Charles is highly addicted to taco trucks!

Check out Charles’s final REU presentation below:

Haley Kent

"I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest in the small town of Sweet Home, Oregon. Some of my favorite hobbies are venturing through tide pools, playing soccer with my friends, but mostly hiking, anywhere and everywhere. I have always had a vibrant passion for marine life, most specifically sharks, since I was a little girl. It has led me down the path of studying marine ecology at Oregon State University. 

I am so excited about the Gray Whale Foraging Ecology Internship in Port Orford! I look forward to seeing a lot of whales and getting to spend a lot of time outdoors on the Oregon Coast. 

I hope to learn more about recording species abundance and productivity levels at the field sites. I plan to use the experience I gain in the field during this internship for my future in grad school, studying the changes in shark behavior with our changing acidic oceans."

Haley's favorite cartoon is Winnie the Pooh and her favorite comfort food is a fresh fruit salad. 

Check out Haley’s final REU presentation below: