ROV Engineering Internship, Ocean Exploration Trust (Jan. 26)

2018-01-02T11:52:04+00:00 January 2, 2018|

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 Pilots, 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.

The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Engineering Internship Program aims to train undergraduate and graduate students studying engineering in sea-going operations. Engineering Interns work with our ROV team, learning how to maintain and operate the ROVs Hercules and Argus. The position entails an approximately 4-5-week period working aboard E/V Nautilus. While onboard, all ROV interns will be assigned an 8-hour working shift, split into two 4-hour watches. These hours interns will be in the control van as Nautilus conducts ROV or multibeam exploration. Between watches, interns will be expected to assist with additional ROV maintenance, pre-dive and post-dive inspections, as well as educational activities. Off-hours include time to network with STEM professionals aboard the ship as well as take personal time for sleep, meals, exercise and experiencing the pace of at-sea exploration. A typical working day on the ship is approximately 10-14 hours.

Participants selected for the ROV Engineering Internship will:

  • Gain an understanding of shipboard exploration and research cruise operations.

  • Learn how to conduct scientific research and outreach utilizing telepresence technologies.

  • Gain an understanding of shipboard ocean exploration and research cruise operations including the operation and maintenance of ROVs, associated sensors, and sampling techniques.

  • Apply knowledge and skills from engineering courses to at-sea ROV operations.

  • Utilize critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical and observational skills to support real world applications of ocean engineering.

  • Expand mechanical, electrical, ocean engineering, and marine operations skills.

  • Gain familiarity with ROV functionality including individual ROV components.

  • Gain experience with basic ROV system maintenance including electrical connector care, pre/post dive inspections, and hydraulic maintenance techniques (e.g., compensation, HPU test, high voltage test, etc).

  • Gain experience with ROV operations including deck operations (e.g, vehicle launches and recoveries), piloting ROV Argus and complete understanding of ROV Argus GUI, high voltage safety and equipment lockout procedures, and ROV specific observations and documentation.

  • Gain familiarity with ROV Hercules GUI features and their operation by working closely with Hercules pilots.

  • Develop interpersonal, scientific, leadership and outreach communication skills.

Eligibility & Requirements

Applicants must be:

  • The Science & Engineering Internship Program is open to students living in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. There is no citizenship requirement, but your citizenship may be taken into account due to foreign visa requirements.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in mechanical, electrical, and/or ocean engineering or related fields with interest in oceanography and ocean exploration. Spring 2017 graduates are also eligible to apply. Previous experience and/or coursework in mechanical, electrical, and/or ocean engineering preferred.

  • Familiarity with PCs and Macs, comfort working with computers and ability to learn new software

  • Fluent in spoken and written English

  • Applicants must be physically and mentally capable of meeting the demands of living and operating aboard a working exploration vessel, and must be able to live in close quarters with other expedition team members.  

  • Proof of a negative tuberculosis test within twelve months is mandatory for all expedition members before sailing on E/V Nautilus.

  • Be eligible to obtain a passport, or have a valid passport.

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2018.

Application Process

  • Review the application packet fully. 

  • Complete the online application form and upload the following documents:

    • Cover Letter

    • Resume

    • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Have your two (2) recommenders submit letters of recommendation via the online form linked above. 

  • Finalists will be asked to attend an online interview using Google Hangouts.