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A paid, 10-week summer internship opportunity in southwest Washington State for undergraduate students in any field of study with an interest in coastal and marine sciences.

A paid, 10-week summer internship opportunity in southwest Washington State for undergraduate students in any field of study with an interest in coastal and marine sciences. 

The Sea Grant Community-Engaged Internship for Undergraduate Students (CEI) aims to broaden participation in coastal, ocean, and marine sciences by providing training and mentorship to early-stage university and community college students from under-resourced, underrepresented, and Indigenous and tribal populations. The goal of this paid internship program is to provide training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision-makers, and citizens.

In 2022, the Washington Sea Grant Community-Engaged Internship will focus primarily on two topics of focus for Washington Sea Grant on the coast — European green crab monitoring and ecosystem-based management. The Intern will assist mentors with fieldwork, analyses, research, and/or outreach and public engagement, depending on their individual interests.

Program goals are to recruit, retain and engage diverse students in place-based research, extension, education, and/or communication that respects and integrates local knowledge systems. We also hope to encourage students to seek careers in marine and coastal professions, and to consider going on to graduate school. The Washington Sea Grant Community-Engaged Intern will be part of a national cohort of students. In addition to working on the ground in Washington, the intern will also engage with other interns across the country through:

  • Participation in all CEI professional development and training opportunities
  • Virtual professional development sessions
  • Peer discussions with other interns in the cohort using Slack or other virtual platforms
  • A graduation ceremony to celebrate accomplishments, network with peers and other professionals
  • Participation in pre- and post-evaluation


  • Applications are due May 11, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.
  • Interviews: May 17 and 19, 2022
  • Notification to applicants: May 23, 2022
  • Tentative internship start date: June 13, 2022
  • Tentative internship end date: August 26, 2022


Applicants must be undergraduates enrolled or accepted at a degree-granting or certificate program from an accredited 2- or 4-year institution based in Washington State.

  • Students from any field of study are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must have summer housing secured in either Pacific or Grays Harbor County.
  • For the candidate to participate in fieldwork specifically, the following physical abilities are needed:
    • The ability to lift 25 pounds regularly
    • The ability to respond quickly to sounds
    • The ability to move safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaces
    • The ability to see and respond to dangerous situations
    • The ability to wear personal protective gear correctly most of the day

Washington Sea Grant encourages applicants from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic and Latino, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+, and students with disabilities. The program is also open to students who have experienced and worked to overcome educational or economic disadvantages, and/or who have personal or family circumstances that may complicate their career paths.