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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary - Education

MERITO Internships

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Internships for STEM underrepresented graduate and undergraduate students:
The CINMS program offers paid internships to bilingual (Spanish-English) Graduate or Undergraduate students with preference to students of ethnicities not currently well represented in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields. The goal of this strategy is to encourage STEM underrepresented students to pursue careers in marine sciences, technology or resource protection fields. Paid interns will assist CINMS staff to convey sanctuary messages to non-English speaking audiences. Duties include assisting at community events, assist during MERITO Academy field activities, education presentations, event logistics, implementing the MERITO Academy Educators Workshop, and entering data to evaluate the various strategies of the overall MERITO Initiative.

Contact us:
Contact us:
Rocio Lozano-Knowlton, MERITO Bilingual Program Coordinator
Channel Islands Boating Center in Channel Islands Harbor
3880 Bluefin Circle
Oxnard, CA 93035
(805) 729-0442



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