Nov 7, 2023
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APPLY BY DECEMBER 4, 2023 to be considered for internships that start as early as January.

Your application will be reviewed for all internships in 2024 depending on your availability the entire year.



APPLY BY JANUARY 22, 2024 to be considered for internships that start between April and December.

Your application will be reviewed for all internships that begin April and after depending on your availability the rest of the year.


This is an incredible opportunity to work onboard research vessels at-sea and in the shipyard, and be exposed to a wide range of marine technologies, equipment and marine technical professionals. Please share this announcement with students and graduates you think would be interested and qualified.


Internship Description: The U.S. Academic Research Fleet of UNOLS-designated research ships will host 1 long-term (approximately 6 months) and 12-14 short-term (2-12 weeks each) marine technical internships in 2024. Departure dates will depend on the schedule of each research cruise. We will first select candidates for internships starting in Winter, Spring, and then in Summer and Fall. Apply early if you are available the entire year in 2024; applications will stay on file.


The selected interns will work with marine technicians and other crew members on shore and at sea and learn how to operate and maintain a variety of scientific and navigational equipment in support of shipboard scientific research. Interns will work, eat, and sleep aboard the research vessel, and be provided lodging off ship as needed. Shipboard sleeping arrangements vary vessel to vessel. The program will pay a stipend of $600 per week plus airfare, lodging and other approved travel expenses. Internship projects will vary from one hosting organization to another and correspond to the objectives set by each specific cruise mission. Previous interns have worked on cruises to support science projects ranging from chemical oceanography to marine biology, seafloor mapping surveys, geological studies, ROV missions, and much more! Many successful internships have resulted in job offers. Please email Maria Osiadacz, Program Manager, maria@unols.org, with questions about the program and life aboard research vessels.


To apply, read the requirements listed below, prepare your documents and complete the online application:



·   Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents.

·   A valid U.S. passport is required for internships that require international travel.

·   Applicants must be enrolled in or graduated from an accredited higher education institution in the U.S.

·   Applicants should be interested in the field of Marine Technology in support of oceanographic research.  

·   Previous time at sea is not required, but highly desirable. Being on a multi-week research cruise is not a good time to learn you are not able to work due to motion sickness.

·   Applicants may be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and be tested before boarding the ship.


Required references and supporting documents (in PDF or Word format only):

·   Contact information for three (3) professional references.

·   A cover letter addressed to Maria Osiadacz, Program Manager, describing why you are interested in Marine Technology, and why you believe you’re an  ideal candidate for the internship program.

·   Your most current professional resume.

·   A copy of your unofficial transcript(s).

·   A letter of recommendation from an instructor or a supervisor, preferably someone who has knowledge of your technical skills. If your professional reference prefers to submit a letter directly to the Program Manager, please share this link with them: 2024 UNOLS-MATE Internship Recommendation Form


Anyone who applied to the 2023 program or prior can contact maria@unols.org to request a copy of previous application responses. A new application form with updated supporting documents is required to be considered for the 2024 program.


For more information, visit www.marinetech.org/internships


Read about past intern experiences: https://www.marinetech.org/internship-blog/