COAST Student Internships Summer 2013

MARE Engineering Internship

Host: Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE;
MARE provides technology and offshore operations expertise needed to see and work in deepwater marine environments - those beyond the reach of most divers. MARE collaborates with scientists, resource managers and environmental organizations to obtain geo-referenced, habitat and species data with the goal of protecting and restoring marine ecosystems. MARE was founded as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization in 2003.

Location: Richmond (San Francisco Bay area)

Internship Dates: May 1 thru August 31, 2013; start and end dates flexible with regard to studentís academic commitments

Stipend: $3,000.00

Time Commitment: The intern must complete a minimum of 300 hours to receive the full stipend. Ideally, the intern will work 30 hours per week for 10 weeks, plus some weekends. The intern is allowed to volunteer an additional 10 hours per week.

Position Description and Responsibilities: One (1) internship is available to work with engineers, technicians and fisheries biologists at Marine Applied Research & Exploration (MARE) in Richmond, CA, maintaining our Remotely Operated Vehicle system and building/maintaining new deepwater visual data collection tools. The underwater tow sled and the stereo drop camera are in various stages of build, trials and refinement, and may be in need of re-work of electrical and mechanical sub-assemblies, assembly of electronic and mechanical parts, wiring, potting of cables, testing of components, documentation, and potentially field trials and modifications based upon that field testing. The intern will work side-by-side with experienced engineers. Any purchased items for integration will need to be sourced and ordered, tested for quality and installed. Intern will be responsible for completing all tasks assigned under the direct supervision of an engineer. This may require the intern to communicate with additional staff around the state by phone, e-mails, and/or office visits.

Preferred Experience and Capabilities: Experience and strong capabilities in mechanical assembly, electrical and electronic assembly (technician level), Excel, and Word are necessary. Demonstrated ability to assemble and build equipment, follow a wiring diagram, work with machine tools and work with fiberglass and plastics is a plus. Offshore work experience in the ocean from boats and the handling of small boats (i.e. Zodiacs) is also a plus. Core internship duties may be performed by students with physical disabilities or limitations.

Skills Gained: Interns will gain experience working directly with engineers in taking a concept to reality. Specific skills include mechanical assembly, specification and ordering of purchased components, assembly of parts, build of subsystems, and hopefully if time allows, field testing of equipment.

Eligibility/Requirements: Internships are geared toward upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and science graduate students. A valid California State driverís license is required. Interns must be 18 years or older. Intern must be able to work independently and interact in a professional manner with engineers, marine biologists, machinists and fabricators and support staff at all levels. Also, interns must have the ability to follow verbal procedures, record field notes and to fully understand any information presented in written format. Travel may be required to test locations and field offices.