How old do I have to be to apply?

Applicants must be between 20- 26 at the time of application deadline.

Can I apply if I am still in high school?

Internships are directed at current or recent undergraduate students. High school students will not be considered.

I am in graduate school. Will I be considered?

Applicants who are currently in graduate or recently were awarded a graduate degree (within the past year of the application deadline) may apply.

Do you have to be a US citizen to apply for a North American Internship? Do you have to be an Australian citizen to apply for the Australasian Internship?

All Internship applicants must have, or obtain, valid legal status to be considered. US Citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply, as well as other applicants who can demonstrate the ability to legally stay in the United States for the length of the internship. In the event that the applicant is NOT a US citizen or permanent resident, it is the applicant’s responsibility to prove in writing that he or she has, or can obtain, valid legal status.

What’s a typical day like for an intern?

Each internship varies in objective and goals. For a summary of each current Internship, see Internship Descriptions.

What do interns do after the internship is over?

The Internship experience is designed to provide the tools needed to begin a career in the underwater world. Our previous interns have gone on to work in government, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, pursue a graduate degree, dive tourism industry, environmental law and policy, as well as many other fields outside of the underwater world. For a complete list of all internships, see Previous Internships.

I am a previous internship recipient. Can I apply again?

Yes. Previous interns can apply for a different internship.

I applied last year for an Internship, but wasn’t selected. Can I apply again this year?

Yes. We encourage previous applicants to re-apply. Please make note that you are a returning applicant in your application.

In my application, I have documents that I cannot scan and upload online, can I mail them?

Yes, applications can be mailed, in one complete packet to:

Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society

PO Box 6157

Woodridge, IL  60517


*Overnight services (Fed-Ex, UPS) can be mailed to:

Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society

Attn: Roberta Flanders

2446 A. Brunswick Circle

Woodridge, IL 60517

*Please mark the package "No Signature Required, Leave at Door"


My university will not release my transcripts to me, and I cannot include them in my application packet.  Can my school submit transcripts directly to you?

Yes. While we prefer your application be submitted complete, we understand if this is against your school’s policy. In this case, your transcript may be submitted separately.

Are transcripts required from all institutions an applicant has attended or just the primary institution?

We require all official transcripts in a sealed envelope stamped with a signature or school stamp. Transcripts printed from the Internet are not acceptable nor are copies of the official ones. You may upload an unofficial copy on the online application form, but you are still required to mail your official transcript.

I do not currently have health insurance. Do I need it for the internship?

Yes. Proof of current health insurance is required in the Internship application process.

Do I need dive insurance?

For Internships where diving is involved, yes, dive insurance is required. This insurance can be obtained through organizations such as Divers Alert Network (DAN), www.dan.org.

Do I need car insurance?

Use of a personal vehicle, while not a requirement, is highly valuable. Evidence of proper insurance is required if a personal vehicle is to be used during the internship.

What is the best method of submitting my letters of recommendation?

Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society can only accept recommendation letters directly from the referees. As a result, please arrange to have your referees email a letter of recommendation on your behalf directly to references@owuscholarship.org.

If I would prefer to not pay the application fee online via PayPal, can I submit the application fee in the form of a check?  If so, to whom should I make it out?  Is there any other type of payment allowed?

Application feeds can be paid in the form of check. Please make checks out to Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society.  Please make sure the funds are made out for US currency.

When will I hear if I am being considered as a finalist?

Selection by the internship review committee occurs in February, with a goal of notifying finalists by March 1.

When do the internships begin?

North American Internships are typically completed late May to August. For some internships, the dates are fixed and cannot be changed. For others, start and end dates are determined through communication between the intern and the sponsor. Australasian Internships are typically completed between May to August.