Seafloor Mapping Internship, Ocean Exploration Trust (Jan. 26)

2018-01-02T11:45:42+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 Ocean Science Internship aims to train undergraduate and graduate students studying science in the at-sea environment. A science interns spends his/her time onboard working with a wide array of scientists, learning how to make scientific observations, log data in the Nautilus systems, summarize dives, and preserve physical samples. The position entails 2-5 weeks working aboard Nautilus as a Data Logger, processing oceanographic data and samples, and participating in educational outreach activities. While onboard, all science 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 assist with science and educational activities aboard the ship. Off-watch hours include time to write dive summaries and aid in Data Management and sample prep, network with STEM professionals aboard the ship as well as take personal time for sleep, meals, exercise and experiencing the life of at-sea exploration.  A typical working day on the ship is approximately 10-14 hours.​

The Seafloor Mapping Internship aims to train undergraduate and graduate students in seafloor mapping data acquisition and processing techniques. A Seafloor Mapping intern spends his/her time onboard working with a team learning how to acquire and process shipboard multibeam, sub-bottom and auxiliary data. The position entails 2-5 weeks working aboard Nautilus as a Mapping Watchstander. While onboard, Seafloor Mapping interns will be assigned an 8-10 hour split working shift. During on watch hours interns will be in the Control Van and Data Lab as Nautilus conducts seafloor mapping surveys. Between watches, interns will be expected to assist with additional science and educational activities aboard the ship. Off-watch hours include time to network with STEM professionals aboard the ship as well as take personal time for sleep, meals, exercise and experiencing the life of at-sea exploration.  A typical working day on the ship is approximately 10-12 hours.

Participants selected for the Seafloor Mapping Internship will:
  • Gain an understanding of shipboard ocean exploration and research cruise operations using shipboard acoustic sensors (e.g., multibeam, sub-bottom profiler), and associated sensors (e.g., CTD, XBT).

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

  • Apply knowledge and skills from oceanographic or marine science courses to deep sea exploration with seafloor mapping technology.

  • Utilize and expand critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical and observational skills to support real world applications of marine science.

  • Gain familiarity with data from sonar and auxiliary mapping sensors.

  • Learn and enhance geophysical data collection, documentation, and processing skills.

  • 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.

  • Currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program related to ocean science, GIS, remote sensing, or geophysics.

  • Interested in learning about oceanography (geological, biological, chemical, archaeological) and using a variety of technologies — including  mapping systems — to explore the ocean.

  • Familiar with PCs and Macs, comfortable working with computers and interested in learning new software

  • Fluent in spoken and written English

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

For more information click here: http://www.oceanexplorationtrust.org/seafloor-mapping-internship