Science & Engineering Internship Program

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Marley Parker

The Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program aims to train community college, undergraduate, and graduate students studying ocean sciences, technology, engineering and video in the at-sea environment. Intern positions entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, Seafloor Mappers, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers. All interns spend their time on Nautilus working with a wide array of scientists, engineers, students, and educators.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, OET made the decision to defer the 2020 SEIP internships and offer participation in the 2021 Expedition season for deferred participants. As a result, OET will not open a general call for applications for at-sea internships for the 2021 expedition season. Join our education newsletter (below) or check back in August 2021 for upcoming opportunities to participate in upcoming expeditions. To engage with the Corps of Exploration this year, check out the many opportunities available through the virtual event series 

OET offers four types of paid internships through SEIP: Ocean Science, Seafloor Mapping, Video Engineering, and ROV Engineering. Ocean Science interns learn to make scientific observations, summarize scientific dive information, and preserve physical samples. Seafloor Mapping interns learn to acquire, manage, and process seafloor mapping data from a multibeam sonar,  sub-bottom profiler, and auxiliary sensors (e.g. CTD, XBT). ROV Engineering interns learn to maintain and operate our remotely operated vehicles and associated systems. Video Engineering interns learn to operate camera controls for the remotely operated vehicles’ video systems and work with lead engineers in the operation and maintenance of all video systems aboard Nautilus. All interns gain experience in communications and leadership, including participation in educational outreach activities like broadcasts on and live ship-to-shore connections with classrooms. Our Navigation Internship is also offered in partnership with the US Naval Academy and US Coast Guard Academy for cadets and midshipmen from those institutions. 

The most rewarding element was making connections with people that I feel at home with...the team really made the experience so much more than an internship. It helped me figure out what I want to do with my life, and that there isn't just one way to reach those goals.  

Ocean Science Intern

Applications open in late summer for internships aboard E/V Nautilus the following expedition year with opportunities to sail in spring, summer, and fall. All internships include a paid stipend for participation with travel to/from the ship funded and arranged by OET.  Ocean Exploration Trust encourages a diverse pool of applicants including learners from traditionally underrepresented populations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, or handicap.

All of the Hercules/Argus pilots were extremely supportive and patient, which allowed for a learning environment where I was not afraid to ask questions. Plus, I further developed my communication skills speaking with the general public and sharing my excitement for ocean exploration.

ROV Engineering Intern