The Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station hosts undergraduate students each summer through a variety of internship and scholarship opportunities.  COMES faculty members have hosted students through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation, the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Branch Experiment Station Experiential Learning Initiative, Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars, the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program offered through NOAA, and the Vanguarding an Inclusive Ecological Workforce (VIEW) and Fisheries and Wildlife Undergraduate Mentorship Program, both offered through the OSU Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences.

Summer students usually live at Hatfield Marine Science Center or on main campus in Corvallis and work with their mentors to gain hands-on research experience in their areas of interest. Depending on the program, some students must present their research at the end of the summer, giving them the valuable opportunity to learn about science communication as well.