The MATE Center is now accepting student applications for 2012 Marine Technical Internships through March 5, 2012. 

Please see our website for more information. 

We have recently made several significant changes to the website to share more information with students, especially those with limited exposure to “life at sea”.  Please visit the website, to check out the videos and blogs of past students, and to apply for the program.  We will have short internships to expose beginning students to this exciting career as well as longer internships for those with more experience who are ready to step into a job in the field.

2012 At-Sea Internships on UNOLS, USCG, and IFE Research Vessels

This summer, approximately fifteen 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 $500/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 two to twelve weeks starting in May and continuing through the fall (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.


  • At least 18 years of age.
  • A current undergraduate student or very recently graduated from an undergraduate program and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its possessions; international students are not eligible for this program. An undergraduate student is defined as a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate under certain circumstances. 
  • Interested in becoming marine technicians on research vessels.
  • Able to enroll in a for-credit cooperative work experience course (either at Monterey Peninsula College or their home institution). If the costs for this are a burden to participation, the MATE Center can pay for this up-front and deduct the cost from the internship stipend.

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


Complete an application packet, email AND mail the packet to Tami Lunsford, MATE’s Internship Coordinator, to arrive BEFORE March 5, 2012.

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  

If you have questions or need assistance with your application, please contact:

Tami Lunsford

MATE Internship Coordinator

2 Charles Pointe

Newark, DE 19702

(302) 731-3035

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