Ship Location

San Pedro, USA

Resources for Educators

E/V Nautilus is owned and operated by the  (OET), a nonprofit founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard to engage in ocean exploration and research, advance ocean technology, and promote education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To accomplish that final goal, OET runs a number of different programs for educators and students.

Science Communication Fellowship Program

OET’s Science Communication Fellowship (SCF) Program immerses formal and informal educators in the Nautilus Corps of Exploration and empowers them to bring ocean exploration to a global audience via the Nautilus Live website. Fellows share accounts of ocean science, expedition operations and daily life with audiences through live audio commentary and question-and-answer sessions from aboard the ship.

Through participation in live interactions with student groups and public audiences, Fellows also engage people of all ages in real-time exploration. Science Communication Fellows then bring their expedition experience back to their own classrooms, organizations and communities in the form of engaging lesson plans and activities centered around their time at sea aboard Nautilus.

For more information and for applications (posted each August), please visit the


Honors Research Program

Our Honors Research Program (HRP) brings a small group of honors-level high school students to the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography and to E/V Nautilus for 1-2 weeks during the summer and fall. HRP students work with scientists and engineers to learn about oceanography, data visualization techniques, and the scientific research process. After completing a research project on shore based on data collected by Nautilus, HRP students participate in sea-going expeditions to work with the Corps of Exploration and stand watch as Data Loggers, alongside scientists and engineers.

For more information and for applications (posted each August), please visit the .

Science & Engineering Internship Program

The Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program aims to train undergraduate and graduate students studying ocean science, engineering and video/film in the at-sea environment. Intern positions entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, ROV Engineers, or Video Engineers.  All of our interns spend their time on Nautilus working with a wide array of scientists, engineers, students, and educators. Science interns learn how to make scientific observations and process digital data and physical samples. ROV interns learn how to maintain and operate our exploration vehicles and systems. Video engineering and film interns learn how to operate video for our ROVs and work with our communications team to share our Nautilus story.  All interns gain experience in communications and leadership, including participating in educational outreach activities, such as live interviews with shore.

For more information and for applications (posted each August), please visit the