UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory researcher Kristin Aquilino examines juvenile white abalone under a microscope. Photo taken on July 10, 2013. Credit: Karin Higgins/UC Davis

Marine & Coastal Science major

Internships and Career Alternatives

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Marine and Coastal Science will provide students with knowledge and practical experience needed to pursue careers in marine science (government, private sector, research) and/or advanced degree programs. The major program includes both research and internship experiences to help prepare students for these career paths. The major requires field experience, independent research or internship, and concludes with a capstone course featuring current research in marine science. These integrative experiences will require students to synthesize the interdisciplinary topics that they have encountered through this degree program.

UC Davis Internship and Career Center: Marine and Coastal Sciences major

Get Transcript Notation for your internship: https://icc.ucdavis.edu/find/internships/tn.htm

Intern in Washington, D.C. with UC Center Washington

Intern in Sacramento with UC Center Sacramento


Job postings through the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute:

Bodega Marine Lab:

The UC Davis Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory in Granite Canyon, CA

  • This facility, which conducts toxicology research in marine environments, has summer internship opportunities for students wanting to get started in a lab. Contact Dr. Ron Tjeerdema to get involved. http://www.granitecanyon.org

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

National Marine Mammal Foundation

Seymour Marine Discovery Center

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

USGS Western Ecological Research Center



Volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center: http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/Get-Involved/volunteer/

Join the Oceanography and Marine Science @ UC Davis facebook group: students and alumni of UC Davis who are interested in oceanography/marine science- events, job postings, opportunities, etc.

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center

Photo credit: Karin Higgins/UC Davis