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

2018-01-02T11:58:44+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 Video Engineering Internship aims to provide an immersive experience for undergraduate and graduate students studying video engineering in a sea-going expedition. Video interns work with our Video Engineering and Communications teams, learning how to maintain and operate our onboard video and satellite systems while also contributing to our website, which hosts live video and audio streams. The position entails a 2-4 week period working aboard E/V Nautilus. While onboard, video 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 film and video activities 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 Video Engineering Internship will:

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

  • Learn about conducting scientific research and outreach utilizing telepresence technologies.

  • Apply prior knowledge and skills related to video engineering to deep sea exploration with remotely operated vehicles.

  • Gain an understanding of shipboard exploration utilizing telepresence and live broadcasting technologies.

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

  • Develop interpersonal, scientific, 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 with interest in oceanography and ocean exploration. Spring 2017 graduates are also eligible to apply.

  • Previous experience studying and/or working in video engineering

  • Demonstrated interest in ocean exploration, science communication, video engineering.

  • 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.  

  • 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 and materials:

    • Cover Letter

    • Resume

    • Sample of work

    • 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.

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