MBARI 2016 Summer Interns


Roles and Responsibilities


2016 Interns



The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute formally started the Internship Program in 1997. The purpose of the Program is to provide an opportunity for talented students and teachers to come to MBARI for a period of 10 weeks (June 6 – August 12 in 2016) and to work on a research project under MBARI staff supervision.

The interns are selected following a rigorous application procedure, merit review and, in some cases, an interview process. They are from around the world and represent a variety of different backgrounds, experience, and education. They all share a common desire to learn more about the marine environment and to work with MBARI staff.

The majority of costs come out of the Information and Technology Dissemination (ITD) budget. This includes a stipend for all interns and a small traveling allowance for out of state interns. The Internship Coordinator and the mentors are involved in the selection process.

The primary purpose of the internship program is to provide for the specific educational benefit of the intern and to make a contribution to the general good of the oceanographic community. If publications result from this collaboration, the authorship should be a joint authorship (including both the intern and the mentor).

Roles and Responsibilities


To be selected as a MBARI Summer Intern, an individual must demonstrate competence in a technical field, good communication skills, and a genuine interest in marine science, engineering, or information systems. The selection process is rigorous and includes a review of personal goals, recommendations, and academic accomplishments.

Summer interns are responsible for developing a research project (in conjunction with the mentor) which can be completed in the 10-week period of the internship, and for carrying the project to completion. Near the end of the internship period (August 12, 2016), interns will deliver a seminar on their project (currently scheduled for Weds, August 10th, 2016). A final report (hard copy and electronic) on the project is also due at the end of the internship. Interns are also responsible for articulating their needs to their mentor in a constructive manner, and for taking the initiative to obtain the information that they require to complete their project. Interns are expected to attend weekly meetings (for updates and notices) on Monday mornings, attend MBARI seminars, assist with a variety of presentations during the 10 week period, serve as peer mentors to fellow interns, and to participate in a job-shadowing program with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Internship Program (these various activities will take from 6-10 hours/week). Interns are expected to behave in a professional manner during their tenure at MBARI.

Internship Coordinator

The Internship Coordinator is responsible for the overall supervision of the entire Internship Program. The coordinator is responsible for matching interns with mentors and for assisting the interns with general logistics (e.g. housing). The coordinator is available to interns and to mentors as a facilitator as needed on any and all activities and problems.

Intern car pool: At this point, it is not clear if there are enough personal vehicles to carpool. If you are bringing a car and don’t mind carpooling, please let me know. MBARI does have a 12 passenger van that might be available for vanpooling if we can find a driver who is qualified to drive it by our insurance company (over 25 years old with a clean driving record in the US). We can discuss this once you arrive.

MBARI Mentor

The individual MBARI staff mentor should contact their intern by May to discuss the project. When the interns arrive (June 6, 2016), the mentor should plan on attending the lunch on the first day in order to meet and start working with the intern. The mentor is responsible for making adequate preparation for the intern’s arrival, designating a workplace for the intern, providing basic supplies and equipment, and serving as a guide and mentor to the intern during the entire program. Additional mentors may be included if the mentor feels it is appropriate. The role of a mentor is to help the intern make the most of their experience at MBARI. The mentor should be someone who enjoys the prospect of getting to know a bright and eager potential colleague and “showing them the ropes”. The mentor should ensure that a dedicated workspace is provided for the intern, as well as access to a computer. The interns should be considered part of your research group and should be included in your lab meetings and discussions.


New employees are usually welcomed to the institution after a variety of preparations have been made. This is even more critical for summer interns as their stay is for only 10 weeks (June 6 – August 12).


All interns will undergo the safety-training seminar upon their arrival at MBARI.

Human Resources

Introduction and administrative paperwork will be completed upon their arrival.


A mailbox has been setup for the interns on the first floor in the south hallway next to the glass cases that enclose current news. Personal mail can be delivered to:

your name/MBARI Intern
P.O. Box 739
Moss Landing, CA  95039

Voice mail

A common phone with voicemail has been setup for the interns in Office 134 with an extension of 1806.

Electronic mail

Accounts will be setup for the interns either prior to or upon their arrival. The email address will use the standard convention of the first letter of the first name and the last name (unless that address is already allocated).


The mentor should ensure that there is a space for the intern in either or both the office and the laboratory.


The mentor and intern should meet on June 6th, 2016 after our basic orientation to discuss the project in detail to make sure that all necessary equipment and resources are available and that the intern is qualified to use that equipment.


The interns will have a meeting every Monday at 8:30-10:30 (This day and time may change after our first meeting on June 6th). The interns will also be expected to attend the Wednesday afternoon seminars and the Monday project updates. The interns should also be encouraged to participate in cookie breaks, BBQ’s, etc. There will be occasional times when the interns will be asked to discuss their project in a short presentation to external groups. Additional times when the intern is expected to participate in an activity other than their research project will be distributed as they are scheduled (e.g. field trips, school groups visiting, job shadowing).

2016 Interns

2016 Housing

We have also secured housing at CSUMB at their Strawberry Apartment facility. Unfortunately, we have to vacate these units on August 1st – which means any interns living here will have to move to CSUMB East from August 1 – 15th. you will be sharing a room when you move to 60X Thomas Court.

Strawberry suites –

Strawberry suites do have their own kitchen.

CSUMB Strawberry (4 bdr/2 bath unit). One person per room. interns who will move to CSUMB East, 605 Thomas Court and share a 2 bdr/1bath unit for the last 2 weeks

CSUMB Strawberry (4 bdr/2 bath unit). One person per room. interns who will move to CSUMB East, 606 Thomas Court and share a 2 bdr/1bath unit for the last 2 weeks

CSUMB Strawberry (4 bdr/2 bath unit). One person per room. interns who will move to CSUMB East, 608 Thomas Court and share a 2 bdr/1bath unit for the last 2 weeks

CSUMB East, 60X Thomas Court, Marina California 93933 (2 bdr/1bath units).
We have secured housing at the California State University, Monterey Bay in their East Campus Housing. Comes fully furnished with utilities included. Bring linens. Unfortunately, they have placed KING beds into the bedrooms – but I have twin size inflatable mattresses that you can use. You will need to remove the king size mattress, separate the two twin size boxsprings and put the twin mattresses on top.

Other plans for housing? Please let me know where you will be staying (address and phone number):

You can find some basic CSUMB housing information at and here is a campus map.

Use MBARI for business mail and the PO Box above for personal mail.

CSUMB Strawberry:

CSUMB East: streetCSUMB’s East Campus housing units are in residential communities easily accessible to the central campus by car, free CSUMB shuttle, or bicycle. These spacious, two-bedroom, one-bath apartments are aptplanavailable to upper-division students, families, and qualifying couples. Standard apartment arrangements are of three to four students per apartment. There are a variety of options to meet your particular needs. The MBARI units are furnished apartments with beds, desks, a couch, chairs, an end table in the living room, and a dining room table. Families with children will find playgrounds and athletic fields throughout the community. Hiking routes, jogging trails and bike paths wind through the neighborhoods and into surrounding open areas. Public school bus service come right to each neighborhood.

  • First- and second-story units
  • Approximately 1,200 square feet of usable space
  • Basic kitchen appliances (refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and garbage disposal)
  • Furnished with basic applicances, furniture.
  • Shuttle bus service to and from the main campus and surrounding areas
  • Basic cable television access included in rent
  • Dial-in access to the Internet and the CSUMB campus network
  • Utilities (gas, electricity, garbage, and water) included in rent (not telephone)
  • Either a fenced backyard or a walk-out patio
  • Utility room with laundry hookups

closeInterns will also participate in a variety of activities which afford them the opportunity to explore California’s central coast and to establish a sense of camaraderie with their fellow interns. These activities may include: assisting with MBARI’s annual open house event; a “behind the scenes” tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium; and a kayaking trip on Elkhorn Slough. Please visit the MBARI Interns 2010 blog for further insight into their experience.