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2011 At-Sea Internship Program

The MATE Center is pleased to begin accepting applications to the 2011 At-Sea Internship Program! Please read on for more information or see for details on the program and how to apply. Applications are due March 28, 2010.

2011 At-Sea Internships on UNOLS, USCG, and IFE Research Vessels


This summer approximately twelve internships will be funded by the MATE Center for marine technical internships aboard sea-going research vessels that are part of the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and the United States Coast Guard and the Institute For Exploration ( Interns will work with marine technicians on shore and at sea, learning how to operate and maintain a variety of scientific and navigational equipment and support a scientific cruise. These internship opportunities are diverse and will be located throughout the country and even around the world. Past internships opportunities have ranged from onboard chemistry projects, GIS/bathymetric surveys(seafloor mapping), geological studies, work with ROVs and manned submersibles, and much more! Positions last up to 12 weeks, and students will receive a stipend of $400/wk plus the MATE Center covers all travel expenses.

MATE internships focus on technology and scientific support of marine research rather than the academic research.

The MATE Center encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or age. Dates are flexible and internships will last one to twelve weeks starting in late May and continuing through September (depending on internship placement). Please state your availability on your application and students selected to participate in MATE’s internship program will be placed into internships that fit their availability.


*18 years of age or more

* Must be legally eligible to work in the United States. Some students will be required to apply for a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) upon acceptance into the internship program.

* Currently enrolled undergraduate student or recently graduated undergraduate (graduate students are not eligible)

* Students interested in becoming marine technicians on research vessels.

* Interns MUST enroll in and cover the cost of a for-credit cooperative work experience course (either at Monterey Peninsula College or their home institution).

Students in two-year and certificate marine technology and science programs and students in related marine technology undergraduate programs will be given preference.


Complete an application packet by March 28, 2011, and email AND mail the packet to Tami Lunsford, MATE’s Internship Coordinator.

Application packet

* Complete the MATE Internship Application online at

* A cover letter describing your ideal internship, career goals, why you are interested in becoming a marine technician, and skills / academic background
* Your current resume
* Your unofficial transcript
* At least one letter of recommendation from an instructor, academic advisor, or employer (ideally, we prefer a letter from an instructor in a related course AND a letter from an employer).

Fore more information about the MATE Internship Program and how to apply, see

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