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.



Interested in a marine related summer internship? Applications are usually due around the end of April or March, check back in and make sure to apply before the deadline next year!

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

(Newport, Corvallis)


 2019 Summer Internships

(Newport, Port Orford, Bandon)


Meet the Summer Interns


Bailey Burk, Summer Education, communication & policy Intern 2019


"My name is Bailey Burk, I'm from Gresham, OR, working towards a Microbiology major with minors in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at Oregon State. In addition to my classes at OSU I play clarinet in four music ensembles on campus, including Marching Band and Wind Ensemble. I love being outside, reading, playing volleyball, and my dog (his name is Mocha). I have been doing research in environmental microbiology since I got to OSU, and I'm excited to step outside of that a little bit this summer.

My internship is working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Marine Resources Program. I will be helping to spread the word about the native Red Rock Crab, which is commonly mistaken as an invasive Japanese crab. I'll be researching the misinformation out there and helping create a campaign all about how Red Rock Crabs are native crabs.

I'm looking forward to spending a summer at Hatfield, interacting with people in the Marine Resources Program and the recreational fisherman I will be interviewing. I am looking forward to being on the coast this summer, and learning more about the conservation process.

From this experience I hope to learn more about the marine ecosystem on the Oregon Coast, and what people are doing to protect it.

My favorite cartoon character is Kim Possible.

My favorite escape place is the Columbia River Gorge.

My favorite comfort food is a freshly baked homemade chocolate chip cookie."

Check out their presentation here!

Griffin Thoms, Summer Engineering Intern 2019


"My name is Griffin Thoms. Some of my interests and hobbies are rock climbing, skiing, playing guitar, and making random things. I am studying mechanical engineering and will hopefully be done in the fall. My internship for the summer will be focused on designing and building a coring device used to get samples to look at the blue mud shrimp. I am looking forward to not only designing the device but also building it. I really enjoy hands on things and love working in the machine shop, so actually getting to make this thing will be fun. I hope to gain real world job experience. Most of my engineering experience has been in school and it will be a nice change to be working. I also look forward to learning a bit about the biology on the Oregon coast. Biology and engineering are very different so it will be cool to be around something new.

My favorite cartoon is SpongeBob. My favorite escape place would be anywhere with some climbable boulders, and my favorite comfort food is pizza."

Shoshana McClarence, Summer Art Intern 2019


"I am a graduate student in the process of transitioning from my OSU Master’s program in Interdisciplinary Studies to my Doctoral program in Interdisciplinarity of Religious Studies. My focus here at OSU has been studying mysticism, and the idea of the beyond, through the contemporary art movement Land Art. My interest has always been in seeing the environment around us as intrinsically interconnected to human life and challenging people to consider the implications of human actions on the ecological world.

In addition to this scholarly work I am an artist. I work in 2D mixed media, sculpture, and painting and try to connect my study of mysticism to the natural world through the creation of abstract images. I find that abstraction is able to capture a type of emotion that is sometimes lost in realism.

My internship at MSI will be focused on making art that bridges the gap between realism of the physical environment and abstraction of complex emotion associated with experiences of unity with the world around us. I hope to open up a dialogue between the community of Newport, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, and local artists of all different levels of experience. I see the act of creating art to be an empowering step toward a better world. The experience of making art, with so many different people, is what I look forward to the most during my internship, as well as helping to use art as a tool to think critically of our role in protecting the environment.

I hope to combine scientific research and art in a way that is accessible to folks. Learning how to make this kind of integration possible and to then continue with this kind of research in the future is instrumental in finding new innovative ways to combat the pressing environmental issues of our time.

My favorite cartoon character is Louise from Bob’s Burgers. My escape place is the beach. My favorite comfort food is chicken and waffles."



"My name is Ahmad Amir and I am an international student from Malaysia. I am a junior in Bioresource Research Program with an option of Sustainable Ecosystem at OSU. I love being outside, playing volleyball, travelling and taking pictures.

My passion in Marine Science and photography is what made me apply this Science Filmmaking internship under MSI. I will be working on a short documentary possibly about climate change impact on economy at the coast. I will be cooperating with Oregon State Production and some scientist at HMSC for my 5 minutes documentary. My goal for this internship is to increase the awareness to the public on how climate change could influence our life economically. I will use this video to conduct a research on how science communication could change or improve someone’s opinion on climate change. I am looking forward to gain research experience and increase my photography/filmmaking skills from this internship. I hope to combine my art and science to communicate and engage with either expert or non-expert audience.

My favorite cartoon character is Hinata from anime Haikyu.

My escape place would be anywhere near the water; beach, river or waterfalls.

My favorite comfort food is chocolate chip cookies."

Mia Arvizu, Summer Whale Ecology intern 2019

“I am a sophomore studying Environmental science with an interest in global development and journalism. More than this academic title, I would also consider myself a culturally immersed dancer and a mindful student striving to preserve culture and sustainability. Cultural traditions, historical stories, and people’s unique connection to the nature are fascinating. To better explore my interests, I have involved myself in various cultural dances. I have performed for India night, the luau, have partaken in ceremonial Aztec dances, have learned a Brazilian Carimbo routine, and am continuing to learn different dances now. I also work at the Women and Gender Center at OSU, and have done a great deal of personal and community growth work. I am also just starting to develop my skills in videography by composing a piece for AYA, the center’s women of color initiative.  


My internship with MSI is studying the foraging ecology of gray whales. My project may also dive deeper into looking at the relationship between sea urchin beds, kelp coverage, and gray whale density. I am most looking forward to learning about the different applications of marine ecology and how scientific research can make societal impacts. I hope to learn how to take a multidimensional approach to scientific questions with a focus on finding balance between environmental protection and human needs.


My favorite cartoon character is Pocahontas, because her relationship with the earth is so intimate and beautiful. It’s something I strive for.  My favorite place to clear my mind and escape to is my Tia’s house in Santa Maria. Whenever I visit I feel the strong bonds of family love and always leave feeling refreshed. My Favorite comfort food is apple cheese and crackers. My grandma would always have this snack ready for me when I got out of school. Actually I have two favorites. I also love a bowl of Thai curry.”

Alec Youngblood- Summer msi coastal tourism intern 2019

I’m a senior in the Fisheries and Wildlife program here at OSU.  As I see it, this internship exists at the intersection of my two greatest passions: marine sciences and the humanities, and I’m eager to make the absolute most out of the opportunity.

What made this internship standout to me is the emphasis it has on nature-based tourism, of which I think Oregon has so much to offer. Ultimately, my hope is that this internship will afford me with the chance to further develop my networking and entrepreneurial skills; and provide me with the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency and earn some credibility in research adjacent realms, like the ones that I’ll be working in and around over the course of my applied research project.

When I have free time I usually direct it in one of the following ways: reading, listening to podcasts/audiobooks/lectures, writing, spending time with my partner, Mariel, playing with my puppy, Alyosha, fitness, or just spending time outdoors.  Among my favorite outdoor activities are backpacking, diving, kayaking, fishing, photography, and observing wildlife. 

When it comes to my favorite cartoon or comic book character, I have always loved Calvin and Hobbes. I’m not sure I have a single favorite comfort food, but some of my guilty pleasures include Tostitos chips and salsa, Milk Duds, and fresh-baked brownies. Lastly, my favorite place to escape to and forget about the world is essentially anywhere outdoors and away from people.  But if I were to pick a favorite spot on the Oregon Coast to go relax and watch the whales, it would be the rocky peninsula on the Northern side of Depoe Bay.

Tucker Cochenour, Summer fishpeople Intern 2019

"My name is Tucker Cochenour, I’m from Portland, OR, and I’m about to start my third year at OSU studying Economics and Political Science. Outside of my classes, I’m involved around campus with the Economics Club, Environmental Sciences Club, KBVR FM, Pre Law Society, and the Honors College Student Association. In my free time I’m usually baking, running, working out, or reading.

This summer I’m working with Fishpeople Seafood in Portland as their Digital Marketing Fin-tern. The position as a whole really has three prongs to it. First, I’m going to be doing quite a bit of community management through the brand’s social media accounts, working to spread the brand’s message around sustainable seafood. Second, I’ll be working at a more grassroots level to organize interest in sustainability with fans of the brand across the nation. Third, I’m going to help Fishpeople become more involved with companies with similar motivations, allowing for greater collaboration between environmentally-focused companies.

I’m really excited about this summer as it’s going to present me with lots of opportunities to branch out from my usual subjects that I study, and gain experience in a really valuable creative field. Also, I should be spending quite a bit of time taking pictures on the Oregon Coast, and who wouldn’t love that?

I think that one of the most valuable skills I’ll be gaining from this position is how to organize individuals at a grassroots scale to get behind a movement. For Fishpeople this is obviously sustainably caught seafood, but I’m hoping to be able to use the skills I develop here to help with political movements in the future, such as with election campaigns or to encourage socially just policy.

My favorite cartoon character is probably Hobbes the tiger or the dad from Calvin and Hobbes.

My favorite place to escape is really any large hill with a trail that I can run on (shoutout to Bald Hill in Corvallis and Mt. Tabor Park in Portland).

My favorite comfort food has to be a fresh loaf of banana bread."