Tracey Blundy Marine Science Internship

The California Ocean Alliance is committed to promoting opportunity and diversity in the field of marine mammal conservation and education. To increase student participation across a broad range of backgrounds, we are excited to announce the Tracey Blundy Marine Science Internship, a highly competitive academic opportunity that pairs recent college graduates with researchers and educational experts at UC Santa Cruz, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, and Stanford’s Hopkins Marine Station. This paid research opportunity is designed for under-represented minority undergraduates from across the country. This 12-week paid internship emphasizes training, mentoring, research, and preparing students for graduate studies & careers marine mammal science. Students will be paired with a science/educator mentor and will have the opportunity to participate in one of the following areas (depending on interest and availability): 

  • Field work
  • Laboratory work
  • Data analysis
  • Science curriculum development
  • Social media/outreach

The stipend provided will cover the cost of living in the Monterey Bay Area for the duration of the 3-month program. The approximate terms for this internship are:

  • Winter: December 1 – February 28
  • Spring: March 1 – May 31
  • Summer: June 1 – August 31

Each year, 1-2 applicants will be selected to work during the winter, spring, or summer. The timing of each year’s internship is based on the mentor and project needs within our scientist network and student availability.

Application deadline: August 1

Notification of acceptance: September 1

Specific project details will be provided during the interview process.

To apply, please complete the following application and arrange to have a letter of recommendation sent directly to the following email:

This letter should be written by an instructor, employer, mentor, or someone who can speak knowledgeably about your career goals, interests, work ethic and/or relevant skills.

Please send both your application and letter of recommendation directly to by the deadline of August 1

You are welcome to email if you have any questions!