The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a citizen science program based at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, recruits undergraduate interns for each academic quarter.

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?

  1. Send a letter of interest along with your resume to
  2. Attend an interview with COASST staff to learn more about the program.
  3. Receive your acceptance email at least three weeks prior to the start of the next quarter.
  4. 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.

COASST interns gather for a successful identification. Birds are friends!

Read more about the COASST interns on our blog!

Thanks to all of the interns who have supported our program since its very beginnings: Abby Bratt, Andrew Chin, Ellie Davis, Jane Green, Maddy Hallet, Hana Ra, Stephanie Valdez…and many more!

(Dearest alumni – if you don’t see you name here please reach out to us. We want to hear from you!)