NOAA’s Coastal Management Fellowship provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management for postgraduate students. Each fellow is matched with a state coastal management program to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. The fellowship has had over 120 fellows since 1996. Lynker staff manage the applications from potential fellows and the state coastal management programs, work to connect candidates with the state programs, and manage the program during the fellow’s two-year position. The American Shoreline Podcast interviewed Lynker staff during the 2020 Social Coast Forum in February to learn more about the history of the fellowship and the value it provides in preparing the next generation of coastal managers.