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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.

Marketing Intern - Zymo Research

We are seeking a highly-motivated, social-media savvy Marketing Intern with excellent science-writing skills. A successful applicant will be able to write about scientific topics and interface between the various departments at Zymo Research in order to create content for Company website, catalog, blogs and help maintain our contact database, and to assist in our lead generation operations including data input, data validation, email marketing, and campaign analytics.

Marketing Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create written content for company catalog, website, blogs and multiple social media channels based on Zymo Research's marketing strategy.
  • Identify opportunities to guest blog and invite guest bloggers to participate. This would include editing content for publication.
  • Maintain various lead databases by organizing, uploading, and maintaining contact information generated from Zymo's lead generation efforts.
  • Ensure all content is SEO-friendly for scientific landing pages and perform basic keyword research.
  • Create and design emails and display advertisements to solicit new postings.
  • Become a company advocate in social media spaces, engaging in dialogues and answering questions where appropriate.
  • Other duties as defined by the needs of the Marketing Department.

Education and Experience

  • At least a sophomore in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or a related discipline.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.
  • Understands social media channels and their respective participants (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.).
  • Experience carrying out marketing campaigns and SEO optimization preferable.

Core Competencies

  • Exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Team player
  • Passion for Social Media Marketing and Science
  • Good organizational skills
  • Takes Initiative
  • Creative Ability

Applications (resume and cover letter) can be emailed to

Chemistry ECC Intern Position - Cal Poly Pomona @ Metropolitan Water District, La Verne

Metropolitan's Water Quality Section, Chemistry Unit, Emerging Chemical Constituents Team has one (1) opening for Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/other science majors. This position will require a time commitment of approximately 12-20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7:30am to 5:00pm, in blocks of time of five or more hours per shift.

Before you apply to the position, ALL students must complete the Cal Poly Pomona Cooperative Education program online application to qualify for our internships. Please visit our website to complete a Co-Op Program Application Form.


Under the guidance of chemists at the Water Quality Laboratory, the selected co-op student will provide analytical support for the analyses of constituents of emerging concern. Duties will include sample preparation, extraction, and the use of general water quality instrumentation. The student will also help chemists in the team summarizing analytical results in Excel format and entering data into the Laboratory Information Management System.

Required Skills and/or Coursework

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited four-year degree program in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or a closely related science field. GPA of 2.5 or better; sophomore, junior, or masters status with approximately two years remaining before graduation; and a grade of C or better in relevant major coursework (i.e., chemistry). Candidates must have completed one or more courses in inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, quantitative and instrumental analysis.

Desirable Skills and Abilities

Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite (e.g. Word, Excel).


  • Job Function: Engineering
  • Desired Major(s): College of Engineering--Chemical Engineering, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics--Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Salary Level: 15.00/hr

Deadline to Apply

February 19, 2018 by 5:00pm.

Application Procedure

To apply for this position, students must submit:

  1. Complete the Co-Op Application Form
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume
  4. Interview/work Availability Form for Co-Op Program
  5. Current unofficial transcripts including related courses, grades and estimated graduation date.

Submit your application via email to or hand deliver hard copies to Cal Poly Pomona 3801 West Temple Ave, Pomona CA 91768, Building 1/Room 318 Attn: M. Christina Moreno-Donato (909) 869-4637. Please indicate Job# 1284207 on your application documents.

Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program - Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

The Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program (UCTRP) is an 8-12-week NCI sponsored research program designed for outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in biomedical sciences. We strongly encourage diverse students interested in cancer health disparities to apply! An individualized program is developed for each undergraduate participant, who will be paired to work with a faculty Principal Investigator and associates at CDU or UCLA laboratories on a selected cancer research project. The goal of the UCRTP is to ensure that each undergraduate student acquires the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to become proficient in cancer health disparities research.

On completion of the program, each undergraduate trainee will have worked on a hypothesis-driven research project in cancer health disparities and developed a research paper (based on the findings of the ancillary project). Students will also have the opportunity to present their findings before a regional or national conference and benefit from seminar series focused on translational cancer health disparities research.

Students accepted to this program will be eligible to receive a stipend up to $4000 for 12 weeks commitment.

Deadline to Apply

March 1, 2018.


  • Low income or underrepresented* undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors, & non-graduating seniors.
  • Pursuing a career in biomedical-related sciences with health disparities focus.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Successful completion of college-level general biology and chemistry.
  • No prior research experience required.

*Africanā€American, Hispanic-American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

How to Apply

  • Fill out application form
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript

If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact the UCRTP Office:

Milena Pavlova
Telephone: (323) 563-4853
Website: Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science

Civil/Environmental Engineering Intern - OC Waste & Recycling

County of Orange

Desired Skills

Effective verbal and written communication skills, experience in databases & graphics programs, Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Suite, math & science skills.


OC Waste & Recycling owns and operates the Orange County landfill system. The engineering group is tasked with maintaining compliance with the standards set forth by the various regulatory agencies such as the Air Quality Management District, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, Cal Recycle, Health Care Agency and the Local Enforcement Agency.

The engineering group at each landfill provides engineering support services to the ongoing landfill operations, including drainage and erosion control; site grading designs; landfill gas collection system maintenance/expansion/monitoring; construction support service; groundwater sampling/monitoring; and various regulatory compliance monitoring, reporting, and remediation tasks. The engineering group at Headquarters provides regulatory and additional technical support for the landfills and prepares reports for the regulatory agencies, in addition to a variety of other regulatory and legislative functions.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities

Intern duties/responsibilities include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following projects:

  • Perform records search
  • Organize, develop and archive documents, reports and drawings that are stored as hardcopies and electronically
  • Perform data entry and/or analysis
  • Provide staff support with groundwater sampling and monitoring
  • Assist with field survey duties and compliance report preparation.

Educational Requirements

The internship is best suited for college students or recent graduates who have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies or achieved an associate's degree preferably in chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science or engineering (civil, environmental, solid waste).

Skills, Training or Qualifications Desired

  • Ability to calculate area, volume and density
  • Basic understanding of math and science in fields related to trigonometry, geometry, physics, chemistry, etc.
  • Proficient in verbal communication/presentation and English writing skills
  • Strong organization, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Knowledge of CAD and Civil3d is helpful, but not required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite 2013
  • Experience in databases and graphics programs such as Photoshop
  • Ability to work on team projects and handle several assignments simultaneously
  • Physical agility for field assignments

Training and Supervision Provided

Intern will shadow or work under the direction of an engineer and/or other professionals experienced in the solid waste industry. While working on specific engineering-based projects, intern will be introduced to all facets of the solid waste industry and will be exposed to a variety of local environmental issues, including biological conservation and restoration, water quality protection, and solid waste disposal. Safety skills will be emphasized as intern works in a close-knit environment that provides ample interdisciplinary (engineering and operational) support with which to accomplish objectives.

Note: if the intern is based in the Santa Ana Headquarters office there will be more emphasis on the administrative side of the industry and less emphasis on field assignments.

Time Commitment

Minimum 20 or more hours per week for 3 or more months.


OC Waste & Recycling, Central Region
Frank R. Bowerman Landfill
11002 Bee Canyon Access Road
Irvine, CA 92602

OC Waste & Recycling, North Region
Olinda Alpha Landfill
1942 North Valencia Avenue
Brea, CA 92823

OC Waste & Recycling, Headquarters
Government and Community Relations/Environmental Services
300 North Flower Street, Suite 400
Santa Ana, CA 92703

OC Waste & Recycling,
Central Region Santiago Canyon Landfill
3099 Santiago Canyon Road
Orange, CA 92869

Benefits that the Intern Position Offers

Although this is an unpaid internship, the position offers a broad learning experience under the supervision of a practicing engineer within an office and/or field environment, exposure to the public sector and the field of waste management, and an opportunity to gain insight into solid waste solutions available for Orange County residents.

Additional Information

Intern will be responsible for supplying his/her own clothing, boots, and sun protection appropriate for a field/office mixed work environment.

References may be consulted to verify an applicant's qualifications, and a background check may be required.

When submitting your application material, please include the OC Waste & Recycling location(s) listed above that is most convenient for you.

Application Process

Please e-mail a resume, cover letter and unofficial transcript to The cover letter is an opportunity for students to describe career and academic goals, to elaborate upon personal and academic accomplishments, to share areas of interest that relate to the internship and to identify what type of internship experience they are seeking. Please include GPA, preferred start and end dates for the internship, number of hours that can be scheduled on a weekly basis and days/timeframes available to schedule internship hours.

To receive academic credit for the internship, please provide us with a copy of any documents required by your college/university that the placement site coordinator/supervisor must sign and/or complete.


Jane Dawson, Manager/Intern Resources
County of Orange
333 West Santa Ana Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92701
Phone: (714) 834-7440

Part-Time Research Intern (Zymo)

Zymo Research Corporation (ZRC), a rapidly growing biotechnology company located in Southern California, is seeking a Research Intern for immediate hire. Zymo Research specializes in the design and manufacture of the most refined and efficient products used for the isolation, purification, and manipulation of DNA and RNA.


Working side by side with some of the most talented people in biotechnology, the successful applicant will participate in semi-independent product research and development efforts. Interns will play a key role as members of project teams in research, development, and manufacturing that complement their college curricula with relevant hands-on experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Product Development
    • Assist the Principal Investigator with research methods, experiments, data collection and data interpretation.
    • Carry out high-level, complex research activities.
    • Ensure products maintain consistent performance.
  2. Manufacturing
    • Light manufacturing responsibility for chemical assembly of DNA, RNA ZRC kits.
  3. Quality Control
    • Quality control over ZRC products through quality control experiments.
  4. Developing and writing project protocols
    • Maintaining quality control measurements.
    • Filing and collating project documentation including ZRC Laboratory Notebook and quality control reports.


Comfortable with lab research and lab surroundings. Ability to work 15-20 hrs/week.


To be eligible for this position, you must have completed your sophomore year at an accredited college or university. Education in Biology or Chemistry. Minimum 3.0 GPA for consideration.

Core Competencies

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team Player
  • Communication skills - verbal and written
  • Listening skills
  • Problem analysis and problem-solving
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Data collection and ordering
  • Adaptability
  • Initiative
  • Stress tolerance

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.