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MBARI Summer Internship 2024 (Complete Guide)

It’s that time of the year again when the doors of MBARI is open for their Summer Internship Program. As an intern, you stand the chance of equipping yourself with rich skills at MBARI. And their internship comes with a stipend and there’s a housing facility for those from far places.


MBARI stands for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, which is a private, non-profit oceanographic research center located in Moss Landing, California. The institute conducts research on a wide range of topics related to the ocean, including oceanography, geology, biology, and engineering.

MBARI’s research is focused on the Monterey Bay and the surrounding coastal regions, and it uses a variety of tools and techniques, including ships, submarines, robots, and remote sensing devices, to study the ocean and its inhabitants. The organization also provides education and outreach programs to the public.

MBARI’s Summer Internship Program

The Program provides an opportunity for talented college students (undergraduate and graduate) and educators to work directly with MBARI scientists, engineers, and communicators and learn from the rich experiences.

MBARI’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, including research vesselsremotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), offer educators and students unique opportunities to collaborate on advanced research and development projects.

The program immerses interns in collaborative teams as they learn innovative research and engineering techniques and improve communication skills. Each intern will have an MBARI mentor who will supervise a specific project for a 10-week duration.

Interns also serve as peer-mentors to each other. There is a stipend (2023 stipend was $17/hour) and the program is full-time. MBARI will try and assist with housing for those interns coming from out of the area.

How to Apply for a Summer Internship at MBARI

Applications must be received by 0800 hours PST (8:00 a.m. in Pacific time zone) on February 7, 2023. Incomplete or late applications may not be considered. Please submit your cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and your letter of recommendation to [email protected] (pdf format preferred). Interns must be at least 18 years of age when the program starts and international applicants are eligible but must be able to secure a work visa if accepted (visa costs and international travel are not supported by MBARI).

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit (pdf format is preferred for all documents):

  • A cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One letter of recommendation
  • A completed online supplemental information form (see link below)

You can read the application requirements in detail here.

Clearly identifying a specific research interest/area via the project opportunities is an essential part of the application process. Additional projects may be added so please check this page prior to submitting your internship application. Please contact George Matsumoto if you have any questions. Links to the mentors’ home pages have been provided (when available) so that you can learn more about the various mentors, please DO NOT contact the mentor directly.


MBARI Internship Program Dates and Deadline

June 5 – August 11, 2023

Applications for the 2023 MBARI internship (June 5 – August 11) are now being accepted. The deadline for applications is February 7, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. (PST).

Project Opportunities

Below are the project opportunities for interns at MBARI:

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