What do COASST interns do?
COASST interns work as a team directly with staff and gain valuable, hands-on experience with citizen science programs and the complexities of volunteer-collected data. Internship tasks may include:
Recruiting, tracking, and communicating with citizen science participants
Managing incoming data and photos from beach surveys
Entering beached bird, marine debris, and social science data
Preparing materials for beached bird and marine debris trainings
Representing COASST at outreach events
How do I become an intern?
- Send a letter of interest along with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Attend an interview with COASST staff to learn more about the program.
- Receive your acceptance email at least three weeks prior to the start of the next quarter.
- Sign up with your advisor to receive credit for your internship hours.
How much time will it take?
COASST interns commit to 8 hours per week, or 80 hours per quarter, for their first quarter with our program. There is a lot to learn!
Most of that time is spent in our office and lab space in the FSB, but each quarter there is an opportunity for a field trip on the beach.
Interns also attend a weekly meeting together to learn about new COASST research, practice presenting, and review resumes for future professional development.
Both the field trip and the intern meeting count towards the quarter’s total hourly requirement.
Read more about the COASST interns on our blog!
Where do they go from here?
COASST interns go far! Here are a few places our interns have landed after they fledge:
- USGS Western Fisheries Research Center
- Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment
- University of Washington QERM Program
- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Northwest Environmental Consulting
- Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- The Nature Conservancy
- Skokomish Natural Resources: fisheries
- Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
- National Park Service
- Harvard School of Dental Medicine
- US Fish and Wildlife
- Columbia Law School
- National Audubon Society
- Northwestern School of Law
- United States Coast Guard
- IUCN Seagrass Specialist Group – intern
Thanks to all of the interns who have supported our program since its very beginnings:
Jamee Adams, Brianne Ankenman, Anna Bakker, Karen Barrier, Rose Whipple (nee Beede), Matt Bessee, Addie Biesel, Abby Bratt, Emil Buscaino, Andrew Chin, Rachel Cohen, Erin Costello, Mallory Culbertson, Olivia Boone, Ellie Davis, Allison DeKerlegand, Peder Digre, Alexandra Dolk, Jessie Dougher, Stephanie Doyle, Lena Easton-Calabria, Rachel Ellison, Megan Ewing, Issabelle Fenne, Chelsea Funis, Bailey Gilbert, Kathleen Gill, Jane Green, Kelsey Emerson, Hailey Gunningham, Maddy Hallet, Ann Hansen, Juli Hoza, Jessica Jetter, Rachelle Johnson, Veronica Keenan, Grace King, Lauren Kowalski, Jessica Latimer, Scott Le, Claire Levy, Rachel Mickey, Jack Millman, Breanna Moore, Lindsey Nelson, Justin Ng, Kaili Park, Tom Pham, Alyssa Piauwasdy, Jess Quinn, Kayla Ramsey, Teo Rautu, Sean Rohan, Michelle Ruge, Haly Rylko, Max Schrempp, Erica Sherman, Emily Slayton, Hannah Spohn, Courtney Straight, Kevin Swager, Bethany Taylor, Erin Tomeras, Carson Torres, Aline Tran, Hana Ra, Stephanie Valdez, Johanna Ventre, Edward Vlasenko, Jackie Gonzales, Summer Wang, Breanne Ward, Natalie White, Tara Wilson, Sophia Winkler, Kyra Woytek, Kifer Yang, Samantha Zwicker, Jane Dolliver…and many more!
(Dearest alumni – if you don’t see you name here please reach out to us. We want to hear from you!)