A core component of the RIPTIDES program is helping students gain hands-on experience in career or research environments so they can make informed decisions regarding available career paths post-graduation. Student interns will gain firsthand work experience in professional organizations (government agencies, NGOs and NPOs) where scientific evidence is applied to benefit society, with an emphasis on environmental issues, including education, management and policy regarding San Francisco Bay and nearby coastal waters. Here is a list of some of the potential internship partners:


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Exploratorium began an exciting long-term alliance in 2009 to present climate and ocean sciences to the public. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, and coasts using cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation, and to share its knowledge with others. Teaming up with the Exploratorium enables NOAA to explore new methods of communicating its work using the creativity and educational expertise of the museum. The partnership involves codeveloping exhibits, online media, public programs, and research about learning, and it also provides professional development opportunities for NOAA scientists and RIPTIDES Student Interns.

Marine Conservation Institute

We work with scientists, politicians, government officials and other organizations to build workable solutions to pressing ocean issues. Our unique effectiveness comes from our vision, expertise and our willingness to partner with others. Since starting as the vision of one person in 1996, Marine Conservation Institute has become a major player in the effort to save our blue planet.


CA Ocean Science Trust

OST is an independent non-profit created by a California statute that recognized the value of independent science to support decisions. Connecting government, science and communities is hard—and the reason for our existence. They work across traditional boundaries to build trust and empower broad participation in policy and management decisions with useful, reliable science. Visit for more information.

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The Bay Conservation and Development Commission

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a California state planning and regulatory agency with regional authority over the San Francisco Bay, the Bay’s shoreline band, and the Suisun Marsh. BCDC is the nation’s oldest coastal zone agency. Its mission is to protect and enhance San Francisco Bay and to encourage the Bay’s responsible and productive use for this and future generations. State law requires sponsors of projects that propose to fill or extract materials from the Bay to apply for a BCDC permit. Visit for more information.

SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of 28 Reserves in 23 states and territories. NOAA provides each reserve with funding, national guidance and technical assistance, while the states provide matching funds, personnel, and administrative oversight. The NERRS helps to protect more than one million acres of estuarine land and water; offers educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; informs and trains coastal land managers and other decision makers; and serves as a network of living research laboratories for scientists.

Strategic Marketing and Communications @ SFSU

Strategic Marketing and Communications is responsible for sharing information about SF State with campus and external audiences, toward the goal of building pride and recognition for the University's many strengths and achievements. The department is the University's liaison with the news media, and uses publications, Web technologies and paid media to help inform constituents about the campus. Key functional areas within the department include a) Media relations, b) Periodical publications, c) Graphic design, d) Web publishing, e) and Marketing/advertising.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. We are a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future.The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. We are a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future. ELAW advocates, working in their home countries, know best how to protect the environment. By giving our partners the legal and scientific support they need, ELAW helps challenge environmental abuses and builds a worldwide corps of skilled, committed advocates working to protect ecosystems and communities for generations to come.

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries

The National Marine Sanctuary System consists of 14 marine protected areas that encompass more than 150,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington State to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The system includes 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

San Francisco Estuary Institute

The San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) is one of California’s premier aquatic and ecosystem science institutes. Our mission: provide scientific support and tools for decision-making and communication through collaborative efforts. We provide independent science to assess and improve the health of the waters, wetlands, wildlife and landscapes of San Francisco Bay, the California Delta and beyond. SFEI’s 50 scientists and experts provide data, technology and tools that empower government, civic and business leaders to create cost-effective solutions for complex environmental issues--from cleaner water and sustainable communities to climate change. We have three primary programs: Clean Water, Resilient Landscapes, and Environmental Informatics.