Photo by Steve Freeman, New York Yacht Club 4/18/15For more than 30 years the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society® (OWUSS) has offered a variety of experience-based internships. Our goal is to foster development of the future leaders of the marine environment. We continue to believe that by investing in special young people, by exposing them to a broad array of activities in the underwater community and giving them opportunities to work with influential people who are leaders in aquatic disciplines, we are investing in the future of our oceans and lakes.

Photo by Steve Freeman, New York Yacht Club 4/18/15, Left to Right: Katherine Newcomer (2014 The Dr. Lee H. Somers AAUS Intern), Martha SomersThe OWUSS Summer internships are offered for a 1 to 3 month period and are primarily directed at college undergraduates and graduating seniors. Internship recipients will receive a grant to help fund travel to/from site, room and board, and a stipend to cover living expenses.

For the summer of 2015, the OWUSS plans to offer several internships in North America.  Internship details are listed below.  More internships may be offered, so please check this website periodically for updates. The application deadline is January 31, 2015.  Applications will open in August-September for the 2015 class.

North America


    This internship will provide undergraduates with the experience and opportunities necessary for a future in science, diving for research, or scientific diving-related fields. Intern applicants can be students from colleges and universities with an interest in science and diving. The program runs primarily from mid-May through August and will include training at one of several AAUS organizational member sites. This training will give the intern the necessary dive qualifications to allow participation on research projects requiring scientific diving and introduce the intern to careers that utilize scientific diving as a tool. Once trained as an AAUS-recognized diver-in training, interns will participate in underwater field-work at one or more locations and research facilities associated with AAUS. The internship will be supported by funding for travel to/from site, room, board, and other internship-related expenses.

    PLEASE NOTE: Priority for this internship will be given to applicants who have NOT yet been awarded the AAUS scientific diver certification.

    2015 Recipient: Catherine Mitchell, Vanderbilt University

    Based in Winter Park, Florida, the recipient of this internship will participate in the publishing cycle of Sport Diver and Scuba Diving magazines and in producing content for the magazines’ web sites, and This is an opportunity to get real-world experience in magazine publishing, including all facets of taking the product from start to finish, and to work on web-based projects, including social media campaigns aimed at engaging our audience.

    2015 Recipient: Robert Myers, Indiana University

    The National Park Service Research Internship will provide a unique opportunity to work with leading archaeologists, underwater photographers, and scientists in the National Park Service and other agencies in the American state and federal government. Specific work projects will be determined based upon interests of the intern as well as the needs of associated projects. The internship will be based in Denver Colorado but it is expected that the intern will travel to projects within the continental United States and potentially overseas as part of this internship. The internship could involve a specific project in a single park or a larger project in multiple parks.

    2015 Recipient: Michael Spector, University of California, Santa Cruz

    Offered in Key Largo, Florida, the Marine Conservation Internship provides an opportunity to experience the working at a nonprofit environmental organization. REEF is a grass-root, non-profit organization of recreational divers dedicated to protecting and preserving the underwater environment. Outside duties include environmental presentations to local and visiting school, university, dive and public groups; working with other local marine conservation entities; and opportunities for conducting marine life surveys during local dives. Office duties include handling memberships, incoming marine life survey data, answering e-mail and dealing with the public.

    2015 Recipient: Kara Hall, Indiana University