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Interested In a Marine-Related Internship?

Applicants welcome from any major! 


If you are considering graduate study or a professional career in a marine related field, developing skills through hands-on experience is one of the most valuable learning opportunities you can have. This summer, Oregon State University's Marine Studies Initiative will offer transdisplinary internships for OSU students to work with faculty mentors on projects that advance knowledge and understanding in aquatic microbiology, tourism, science filmmaking and more. 

View our intern projects by clicking the links below.

Potential Impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19):  The health and well-being of everyone involved in the OSU MSI summer internship program is our top priority. Currently there are no directives from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to avoid domestic travel, but this could potentially change at any point prior to, or during, the OSU MSI summer internship program. The COVID-19 outbreak and responses in the U.S. have varied depending on local situations, including on college campuses, and our program will be following any guidance established by OSU and the CDC. This could include modification to a remote program, developed with your mentor. We will keep you informed if there are any changes to this internship program.


Undergraduate Internships

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General Details

Dates - June 15 - August 22, 2020 *Start & end dates may vary

Locations - Newport, Oregon / Port Orford, Oregon / Tillamook, Oregon

Housing - Group housing may be included, check specific internship for housing information

Compensation - Salary not to exceed $6,240 over a 10-week period. Some funds are available to support field travel and supplies.

All interns are expected to write a proposal, create a final poster and present their project at a public meeting or conference at the end or after the internship (e.g., State of the Coast conference), all under the guidance of their mentor. Interns will also be required to participate in group field trips and seminars.

For more information - Email Academic Advisor, Cynthia Leonard

Application Requirements -

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation (details in the application)
  • Unofficial Transcripts will be requested from top candidates

Eligibility - This paid internship is a full-time commitment. Interns will receive compensation as an hourly student worker. Interns are expected to perform academic work to fulfill the scholarly expectation.  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.

Open to all qualified/eligible OSU students and Oregon Community College students (OSU dual enrollment program or degree partnership program preferred). All job offers are contingent upon Human Resources' final approval.



For all except Coastal Tourism Internship

  • Priority application deadline: February 23, 2020
  • All applications due: midnight on March 1, 2020
  • Interns selected early April


Coastal Tourism Internship

  • Application due: midnight on April 12, 2020
  • Intern selected late April


Internship Application Review Process:

  • Committee review
  • Top applicant contacted by the review committee
  • If the applicant accepts the position, they will be hired as an OSU hourly student worker *final acceptance of internship is contingent upon OSU approval

Accommodations for disabilities may be made by contacting 541-737-2780 or [email protected]