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AAUS offers two Scientific Diving Internships to deserving young divers, in cooperation with the Our World Underwater Scholarship Society (OWUSS) and generous individual donors.

The Dr. Lee H. Somers AAUS Scientific Diving Internship is provided to a young diver who seeks training and experience as an AAUS Scientific Diver.  Training as an AAUS Scientific Diver is a primary goal of the internship, and is not required as a prerequisite.  The internship is also intended to provide practical scientific diving and research experience; past interns have benefited most from multifaceted opportunities in AAUS scientific diver training courses and involvement with scientific research, and diving and boating safety programs. 

The Mitchell Scientific Diving Research Internship is provided to an undergraduate student who seeks a scientific diving research experience.  This internship is intended to be research-centric; therefore, training and certification as an AAUS Scientific Diver is a prerequisite. 

Host requirements

AAUS seeks applications from AAUS OMs that can provide high quality experiences for our interns.  Ideal hosts are capable of providing applicable scientific diver training and research experiences, mentorship opportunities, and logistical and practical support in the way of lodging, transportation, etc.  Adequate planning and support from host administrations is essential to ensuring a successful host-intern experience. 

Funding-  Interns are provided with funds to support travel and cost of living expenses, however, the host should endeavor to contribute on-site services at minimal to no cost (equipment, training, etc.) and secure discounted housing if possible.

Timing- Internships generally occur May-Aug, however the exact timing is flexible depending on the schedules of the host/intern. 

Intern Selection-  The chosen OM will participate in the intern selection process.  The application period for interns runs Oct.1- Dec. 30.  Applicants are reviewed and selected in a collective process during Jan-Feb. 

Host Application-  Prior to applying as a host, potential hosts should review the OWUSS Internship Handbook , AAUS Internship Host Addendum , and ensure adequate support from their administration/ institution.  Additonally all potential hosts should review the Liability Waivers and standard MOU with their administration or risk managers prior to applying as a host. Additional information on past internships can be found at:  www.owuscholarship.org/internships

Applications are welcomed well in advance, however, host applications must be submitted no later than December 15th prior to the year in which you wish to host.

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