Science & Engineering Internship Program

The Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program (SEIP) aims to train and provide real-world experience for community college, undergraduate, and graduate students studying ocean sciences, technology, engineering, and video in the at-sea environment. Intern positions entail 3-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, Seafloor Mappers, Navigators, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers. All interns spend their time on Nautilus working with a wide array of scientists, engineers, students, and educators.

We are now accepting applications for Ocean Science, ROV Engineering, and Video Engineering Internships for the 2023 expedition season. Learn more details and apply before December 31, 2022!

OET offers five types of paid internships through SEIP: Ocean Science, Seafloor Mapping, Video Engineering, Navigation, and ROV Engineering.

  • Ocean Science interns learn to make scientific observations, summarize scientific dive information, and preserve physical samples.
  • 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.
  • The Navigation Internship is offered in partnership with the US Naval Academy and US Coast Guard Academy for cadets and midshipmen from those institutions.
  • 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). Applications are currently closed for the Seafloor Mapping Internship track. This program may open applications in spring 2023, pending expedition availability.

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. All internships include a paid stipend for participation along with travel to/from the expedition funded and arranged by OET.

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