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There is growing interest across the higher education sector in building closer links between academia and external stakeholders: potential employers, regulatory bodies, research funders, policy makers, lobbyists, and many others. MASTS see the facilitation of internship opportunities as a core interface for bringing future cohorts of ‘influencers’ into direct contact with individuals and institutional cultures. Completing an internship should maximise impact from research and enhance personal and professional development.

Internships offer appointees an excellent opportunity to build working relationships and extend their research experience into business, policy or other settings (or vice versa) – this programme is not just for students – academics and employees are welcome to participate. The skills and experience you acquire will add real value.

Internships can last between two weeks up to six months. Appointees may work either full time or part time and are generally expected to spend between 50-100% of their time in the host organisation. If you are interested in providing an internship please contact Dr Emma Defew on [email protected]

If you are a postgraduate student or staff member of a MASTS institution or associate institution, and would like to undertake an internship, please download an internship application form and return to [email protected] Please send in any application with at least 3 months before the start of any internship.

Internship opportunities

The World Ocean Council (WOC) – the Global Blue Economy Business and Investment Organization – is seeking talented and motivated persons with an interest and ambition to help ensure the ocean health and sustainability by working with the WOC and the ocean business and investment community on the projects outlined below.

Time duration: Three months, from early June to late August
Location: Virtual
Application deadline: 30 April

Each WOC Intern will participate in one of the following WOC Program Projects that the intern has successfully applied for:
– Global Blue Economy Communications and Events
– Young Ocean Professionals
– Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) Treaty
– SMART Ocean-SMART Industries (SO-SI)
– Biofouling and Invasive Species
– Ocean Investor Roundtable/Ocean ESG Framework
– Global Blue Economy Innovation Initiatives Network
– Ocean Restoration/CO2 Removal Roundtable
– Port/Coastal Infrastructure Adaptation and Resilience
– 30 x 30 Marine Conservation/Marine Protected Area (MPA) Campaign
– Small Islands and Blue Economy Business Development
– Ocean Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Working Group

Interns will also participate in a Self-Identified Learning Project regarding ocean sustainable development. The project should focus on a question of professional, personal or societal significance that the intern is passionate about and motivated to pursue.

For Internship Program details click here // For Internship Program application click here.

Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) U.K. Associates of BIOS Internship

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in U.K. universities or colleges are eligible to apply. The internship is for 12 consecutive weeks. Applications are due by May 1 2021.

Thanks to the generosity of AXA XL through the U.K. Associates of BIOS, this Internship covers the cost of campus accommodation and meals. It also includes a small student stipend plus a contribution to expenses associated with the intern’s research project. Travel expenses and medical/travel insurance are not covered.

For application instructions and more information on the Internship visit: or email [email protected]

Marine Futures Intern with Cumbria Wildlife Trust
The Marine Futures Internship Programme offers a unique opportunity to candidates who are passionate and enthusiastic about the marine environment. The Marine Futures Intern will gain skills, knowledge and experience across a variety of sectors in this exciting field to help direct and shape their future career ambitions. This internship is funded by The Crown Estate and project managed by the North West Wildlife Trusts. The programme is run in partnership with The Crown Estate, the North West Wildlife Trusts, Ørsted and Natural England. Each partner organisation provides opportunities for the intern to develop skills in specialist areas including, marine conservation advice, sustainable fisheries, renewable energy development, marine policy, and community engagement. The successful intern will follow a varied schedule that will allow them to gain a range of skills and experiences including: working with a variety of teams across different sectors; writing for different audiences; working with local communities to raise awareness about environmental issues; undertaking surveys; the use of social media in the workplace; delivering media interviews and presentations; and participating in online meetings, training and webinars. The intern will also get the chance to undertake an independent research project, looking into a practical solution to a challenge currently facing the offshore wind sector, and how this could be developed into an opportunity for net gain. This will involve working remotely with different teams (from engineering, to environmental and concept) across the partner organisations. Find out more, including how to apply by Tuesday 15 September 2020 here.
Mapping the global offshore energy transition and ocean sprawl through satellite data
MASTS (including the SUPER DTP) and SAGES are offering a unique opportunity for a short-term Internship with the Offshore Energy Environmental Advice Group at Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications. The intern will develop and refine methods to identify offshore oil and gas platforms and wind turbines using satellite data and use the outputs to quantify the contribution of offshore energy to ‘ocean sprawl’ across different global production basins. Find out more, including how to apply by 17.00 on Friday 25 September 2020 here.
Internships available at Ocean Science Consulting
OSC take on voluntary interns occasionally, and are open to candidates of all ages and disciplines. Duties vary dpending on work required at time. Find out more June 2019 – Congratulations to Hazel Smith who has won the Academic Award of the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards 2019, organised by Scottish Renewables and with the Academic Award sponsored by the Energy Technology Partnership. Hazel is a MASTS PhD student, and she won the award for work she did last summer as part of the MASTS internship programme. She did an internship with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), using a demographic model to assess the impact of the offshore wind construction noise on population trends of marine mammal species. The results from this work are already being implemented by industry, that they nominated her for the award which she duly won.
  • “Target strength of fish and squid”. Download the final poster from Aaron Williamson and Jackson Swan
  • “Interactions between Grey Gurnard and Haddock on Rockall Bank”. Download the Final Report from Charlie Cameron & Ellen Harrison.
  • “Production of final version smartphone application and data queries for citizen science research in Brazil to improve mangrove crab fisheries management”  Completed by Michael Gauld at ENU.
  • “Scotland’s Fish Stocks Compendium: compiling the story of Scotland’s key fish stocks into a key policy tool”. Completed by Laurie Smeaton at Marine Scotland, Edinburgh.
  • “Marine mammals in Scottish Waters”. Based at the Scottish Government Marine Lab in Aberdeen and completed by Natalie Ward. Download final report.
  • “Ex-post analysis of prior spending and employment claims for offshore wind development in Scotland”. Based in Dundee with Ariel Bergmann and completed by Prabina Khanal. Download final summary report.
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