Ocean Internship: Nautilus Seafloor Mapping

The Nautilus Science and Engineering Internship Program (SEIP) aims to train and provide real-world experience for community college, undergraduate, and graduate students studying ocean sciences, technology, engineering, and video in the at-sea environment.

Intern positions entail 3–5-week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, Seafloor Mappers, Navigators, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers. All interns spend their time on Nautilus working with a wide array of scientists, engineers, students, and educators.

The Seafloor Mapping Internship provides at-sea training on ocean mapping and exploration to students and early career professionals.

Seafloor mapping interns learn to acquire, manage, and process ocean mapping data from a multibeam sonar, sub-bottom profiler, and auxiliary sensors to reveal seafloor landscapes, critical information for understanding our planet. Interns participate on an expedition aboard Exploration Vessel (E/V) Nautilus that will map previously unmapped regions of the deep ocean.

Internships are entirely at-sea learning experiences on one of the seafloor mapping-focused expeditions listed below. While onboard, interns are assigned an 8-hour working shift, during which they work shoulder-to-shoulder with mentor scientists, engineers, technology specialists, and other student interns as E/V Nautilus conducts mapping operations.

All interns also gain experience in communications and leadership, including participation in educational outreach activities like broadcasts on www.NautilusLive.org and live ship-to-shore interviews with schools and OET education partners. Interns will also have the opportunity to network with STEAM professionals from different backgrounds while at sea, as well as experience life at sea, and engage with the larger expedition priorities.

Available Expeditions in 2023

Mid-Pacific Mapping — With travel dates July 17 - August 1, 2023

  • Mapping exploration from Victoria, British Columbia to Honolulu, Hawaii

Hawaii Mapping — With travel dates November 5 - 16, 2023

  • Mapping exploration near the Big Island of Hawaii

Jarvis Island Mapping — With travel dates November 18 - December 20, 2023

  • Mapping exploration of the Jarvis Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument from Honolulu, Hawaii


Science & Engineering Internship participants will receive a stipend of $900 per week for time spent at sea aboard E/V Nautilus. A stipend payment will be made directly to participants after they complete the internship program including all program evaluation requirements.

Application Deadline: March 6, 2023

Learn more about this opportunity and how to apply.

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