COAST PSM Internship

A key component of the COAST PSM program is to complete an internship in a company, non-governmental organization, government agency, or university research laboratory setting. The COAST PSM internship is worth at least 1 credit. Your internship must be directly related to your area of study. In the case that you do your internship in the context of your current employment, the internship project must be distinctly different from your regular duties and thereby display some of your newly acquired COAST PSM program skills. Once you have decided where you will do your internship, you must submit an Internship Proposal to your advisor for review and approval. During your internship, you will be required to submit periodic updates to your advisor.  You will cap off your internship with a final report and oral presentation.

Finding an Internship: We strongly encourage you to begin your search for an internship opportunity as soon as you start your PSM program. As a first step, you should discuss possible internship opportunities with your PSM advisor. You are also encouraged to network with your professors, advisors, and professional colleagues. Regionally, there are many potential internship opportunities. SMAST is located in a business cluster of more than 200 marine and environmental science and ocean technology firms, with more than 200 industry, government and non-profit organizations located within a 90-minute commute. Check early on because many organizations have internship programs with fixed application processes and time lines.  The *Tables below list some of the organizations for that have either employed or provided internships for SMAST graduate students, or have expressed interest in working more closely with SMAST students and faculty.

Internship Timing: While internships can be done at any time during your program, many students seek an internship during the summer following their first year of study. If you do your internship during the summer, then it may be possible to obtain more than 1 academic credit for the effort.


- Internship Agreement and Proposal Approval Form

- Internship Proposal and Final Report Guidelines



 Table 1a. Local Internship Opportunities: Industry



Edgetech, Inc.

Wareham, MA 
Teledyne Webb Research, Benthos, Gavia Falmouth, MA 
Woods Hole Group

Falmouth, MA 
Lockheed Martin Sippican
Marion, MA 
AIS Observers

New Bedford, MA
Buyers & Sellers Exchange   N/A


Table 1b. Local Internship Opportunities: Government Agencies



NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  Washington, DC
NMFS: National Marine Fisheries Service Woods Hole, MA
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Scituate, MA
US EPA: Environmental Protection Agency Narragansett, RI
MA Division of Marine Fisheries Boston, MA
MA Department of Environmental Protection Boston, MA
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Boston, MA
New England Fishery Management Council  Newburyport, MA
New Bedford Harbor Development Commission   New Bedford, MA


Table 1c. Local Internship Opportunities: Non-Profit Organizations



MA Audubon  Lincoln, MA
The Nature Conservancy  Arlington, VA
Ocean River Institute Cambridge, MA
Conservation Law Foundation
Boston, MA. & Providence, RI
Marine Technology Society

Washington, DC
Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network (MOTN)  Falmouth, MA
SeaPlan Boston, MA


Table 1d. Local Internship Opportunities: Research Organizations



Mid-Atlantic Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (MARACOOS) New Bedford, MA
Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) Portsmouth, NH
Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies Provincetown, MA
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth/SMAST New Bedford, MA
University of Rhode Island/GSO  Narragansett, RI
Cape Cod Fishermen's Alliance   Chatham, MA
Northeast Seafood Coalition Gloucester, MA
Center for Sustainable Fisheries   New Bedford, MA
Environmental Defense Fund  New York, NY
Fishery Survival Fund   Southcoast MA
Saving Seafood   Washington, DC
Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation   Saunderstown, RI
Gulf of Maine Research Institute Portland, ME
Maria Mitchell Association  Nantucket, MA
Lloyd Center for the Environment  Marion, MA
Sea Education Association Falmouth, MA



*The above list of internship opportunities is by no means exhaustive, but is provided as a sample of the types of organizations a COAST PSM student might consider. Internship offerings vary in date, duration and availability.