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As outlined in the MASTS Science, Research and Innovation Strategy, MASTS is committed to providing at least three doctoral student internships per year. 

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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 at [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 at least 3 months before the start of an internship.

Internship opportunities

This opportunity is open to PhD students of MASTS member institutions. Candidates with some GIS/mapping skills, computer literacy and willingness to learn new software, and data mining/handling knowledge are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 16.00 on Monday 6th September 2021.

D’Arcy Intern Info PDF

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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