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College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics


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Dr. Elaine Villanueva Bernal

Dr. Elaine Villanueva Bernal

Welcome to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Internship Program! Together with CNSM staff, faculty, the CSULB Career Development Center, we invite you to take advantage of the experiential learning opportunities available within our campus community as well as the local area. Our students have participated with partner institutions and organizations including the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, California Science Center, Columbia Memorial Space Center, and the CSULB Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments, and Society. Please contact Dr. Elaine Villanueva Bernal at to discuss how we can best support you in your academic, professional, and career goals.

NSCI 492

To enrich your internship experience, the college offers NSCI 492 during the fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisites: Major in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, completion of 9 units of upper division science coursework, a 2.5 GPA overall or 2.75 GPA in the student's major, and consent of instructor prior to registration.

Qualifying students placed in a major or career-related assignment in private industry or at a public agency. May be placed in either a volunteer or paid work assignment. Teacher aide positions may be used for students interested in pursuing a career in science education in K-12 schools. Learning assignments will be arranged through the Career Development Center and the instructor. Final written report required. Class attendance and internships to be arranged by the instructor. Minimum of 120 hours of field experience required. Credit/No credit grading only. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

Internship Opportunities

Internship opportunities vary across the CNSM disciplines. As opportunities become available, they will be listed here by discipline.

2017 Annual Internship Essay Contest

Long Beach, CA
Posted 10/13/2017

Enter by Friday, October 20, 2017, for a chance to win a $500 scholarship!

  1. Log into CareerLINK via CSULB Single Sign-On
  2. Click on "Surveys" on the left
  3. Open the "2017 Internship Essay Contest" by clicking "Respond"
  4. Complete the form and "Submit" no later than 11:59pm, October 20, 2017

Contest Rules

The Internship Essay Contest is open to currently enrolled CSULB students who have participated in an internship, practicum, fieldwork, or student teaching assignment during Fall 2016 or Spring/Summer 2017 (at least 120 hours of work experience). Must be enrolled during Spring 2018 semester to receive award.

For more information, go to the Career Development Center and select Internships or contact the Internship Program Office:

Institute for Integrated Research on Materials, Environment and Society (IIRMES)

Long Beach, CA
Posted 10/13/2017

IIRMES is a research institute on the California State University Long Beach campus and provides analytical services for faculty, students and environmental agencies. Students doing their internship at IIRMES will be involved in a variety of activities that include processing samples for the various type of environmental analyses performed there. Depending on the specific projects happening during the semester, interns will be involved in all or some of the following activities:

  • learn how to prepare and weight out on the microbalance sediment samples for Total Organic Carbon (TOC) analysis.
  • learn how to perform soxhlet solvent extractions to extract organic contaminant from tissue or sediment samples.
  • learn how to use rotatory evaporators to concentrate down the extracts for GC/MS analysis.
  • learn how to perform liquid-liquid extractions with separatory funnels to extract organic contaminant from water samples for GC/MS analysis.
  • learn how to perform acid microwave digestions to process samples to run on the ICPMS for heavy metals analysis.
  • learn how to prepare sediment samples for grain size analysis, and how to run the particle size analyzer.

In addition, interns will learn general laboratory practices such as how to handle hazardous chemicals and avoid sample contamination. They will improve their fine motor skills by doing work that require weighing out very small masses or pipetting small volumes.

Skills required are the willingness to learn, ability to follow protocols, attention to detail, patience and good attention span to be able to do repetitive work without making mistakes. No previous knowledge or lab experience is required since IIRMES staff will train the intern on all the techniques.


Internship with Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell - District 70

Long Beach/San Pedro/Signal Hill/Catalina, CA
Posted 10/13/2017

Internship with Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell - District 70

Physis Environmental Laboratories, Inc.

Anaheim, CA
Posted 8/17/2017

The Physis Environmental Laboratories internship program is for students who are enrolled in or graduated from an accredited college or university. Participants will assist chemists in processing environmental samples for federal and state projects. The program exposes students to a variety of laboratory techniques and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) methods and helps foster an understanding of lab-based jobs prior to committing to a career in the field. Come join our team and gain experience that is resume worthy!


Past work experience is not necessary--just a strong interest in a lab-based position. The applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • Be pursuing a Science degree
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited university
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed a college-level course in introductory chemistry and/or general biology with a lab section

Interested applicants may contact Meagan Morgan via email at

Questions or additional information can be answered via email as well.

City of Long Beach Sustainability Internship

Long Beach, CA
Posted 8/17/2017

The City appreciates the impact that talented, energetic students can have on our organization and community. We look forward to your contributions in the areas of city planning and sustainability. This internship offers an exciting opportunity to take a leadership role in directing one or two sustainability projects and work on the issues you’re most passionate about.

Join our team by proposing a project you can accomplish to make Long Beach more sustainable. What skills and expertise can you bring to our programs? What issue are you most passionate about to make our City more environmentally friendly? Send us your project proposal and work with our team to make it a reality.

Learn more about City of Long Beach Sustainability Internship.