The Center for the Blue Economy supports the student experience by providing opportunities for funded fellowships and graduate research assistant positions, as well as networking and career exploration.
Funded CBE Fellowships
Students enrolled in the Environmental Policy & Management masters program who are pursuing the specialization in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management are eligible for funded Center for the Blue Economy Fellowships throughout the year, with larger projects each summer. The CBE Summer Fellows process begins in early spring to identify opportunities with innovative and internationally recognized marine organizations. The Center provides a list of possibilities, and students may suggest additional fellowship organizations. Each project must positively impact ocean and coastal sustainability, help the host organization fill a critical need, and better prepare our students for their future careers. More information on the fellowships is available on the Summer Fellows page.
Funded Graduate Research Assistants
The Center for the Blue Economy funds graduate research assistant positions in the fall and spring semesters, and student efforts are vital to our research projects. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable research skills and experience while pursuing groundbreaking work. In some cases, student research has been published in the Center’s online Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics or credited in studies with outside organizations. Additionally, we facilitate paid research positions with our partner organizations, which sometimes expand to credit-bearing internships through the Professional Service Semester program.
Networking & Alumni Success
Environmental Policy graduates who have the Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) specialization have done very well in the job market, with approximately 94% currently employed in the ocean and coastal resource management field. The Center for the Blue Economy founded and supports the OCRM specialization within the Environmental Policy and Management program (formerly the International Environmental Policy program). Each year the Environmental Policy program enrolls approximately 20–25 full-time graduate students, of whom about 8–10 pursue the OCRM specialization. Those students are then considered part of the “ocean crew,” which opens up opportunities for funding from the Center for the Blue Economy such as summer fellowships, research assistantships, and networking opportunities.
Learning from the Experts: CBE Speaker Series
The Center for the Blue Economy, along with generous support from the Hayward Family Foundation, hosts a series of lectures and events each year, primarily to support the students in the Environmental Policy and Management master’s degree program, but most lectures are open to the public. In the fall, we focus on the oceans, coasts, and marine ecosystems and in the spring, topics include broader environmental issues. This is an opportunity to network and learn from leading experts in the field, many of whom are our own OCRM alumni. These events, whether in person or on Zoom, are professional networking and career exploration opportunities funded by the CBE & our generous donor, the Nancy Eccles and Homer M. Hayward Family Foundation.