The Deep Submergence Laboratory (DSL) and the National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) are working with MATE and Tuskegee University to provide internship opportunities to students who are interested in Ocean Engineering.
The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) program is open to any student who is a current undergrad or a recent graduate from a US institution. Interns are selected based on their educational background and compatibility with NDSF vehicles (Alvin, Jason, and Sentry). Applicants are categorized by their interests (mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering) and the teams select students based on open positions on upcoming research cruises. These internships occur year-round based on MATE funding availability. While most of the positions are cruise based, opportunities are also available for in-person internships at WHOI. This past summer DSL and NDSF hosted two students from the MATE program (one strictly at-sea, and one at-sea and at WHOI).
The Tuskegee University (TU) Ocean Exploration Internship Program (OEIP) is sponsored by NOAA and is only open to current students of Tuskegee University. Students are paired with a mentor in their given field within the Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institutes (OECI) and spend approximately 8 weeks over the summer at their host institutions. Internship activities may include seafloor mapping data acquisition, processing and analysis, engineering design and development, at-sea operations, science communication, and content development. Two TU students were hosted at WHOI this year.