Last week, University representatives met with members of AltaSea and the Southern California Marine Institute (SCMI) as a part of their continued effort to create connections with local institutions and the business for MCU students through internships and student work opportunities.
AltaSea, a marine conservation project in the port of Los Angeles, works to bring together science, business and education in one facility to explore new opportunities for the future of the ocean. MCU Students are already involved with AltaSea projects like The Longest Swim Project in internship positions, providing help to the project through fundraising, community outreach, social media development and scientific data analysis. The university hopes to continue their partnership with AltaSea and their plans for the community, the future, sustainability, and the world.
SCMI is an alliance of 23 major universities,colleges, and foundations in Southern California, and is currently based out of their Terminal Island facility. Discussions with the Institute centered around opportunities for MCU Science students to intern at their facilities, as well as opportunities in marketing, social media and community outreach.
Roshni D. Lal, Assistant Director of Career Planning & Employer Relations, said “the meeting was very productive, and focused on the various ways we can all collaborate and extend opportunities to our students by way of internships, employment, and community involvement.” She added, “Our relationships are already going very well, and now we are discussing ways to grow these direct partnership and collaborations.”
With internships an integral part of MCU’s Four-Year Experiential Education Plan, and with more opportunities opening up with SCMI and AltaSea in the near future, now is the perfect time for looking into summer openings with these two great University partnered institutions.
“Marymount California University is very enthused about a potential relationship between the University, SCMI, and AltaSea and its affiliates. With an ocean view campus such as ours and our close proximity to AltaSea’s facilities, there is a natural affinity that should be perfect for all concerned. The oceans are truly our next frontier and we would like our students to be exposed to the challenges and opportunities of that exploration.” said Brian Marcotte, Marymount California University President.
MCU President – Brian Marcotte
AltaSea Executive Director – Jenny Krusoe
Director, Southern California Marine Institute – Dan Pondella, MA, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of Career Planning & Employer Relations – Roshni D. Lal, M.A.
MCU Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students – Ryan Alcantara, Ph.D.
AltaSea Chief Executive Officer – Timothy B. McOsker