Application for the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Explorer-In-Training Program 2021

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NOAA OER LogoThe Explorer-in-Training Program is offering sea-going and shore-based opportunities for 2021. Internships with the following themes are available:

  • Exploration Education, Media, & Science Communication
  • Ocean Exploration Science & Technology
  • Expedition Operations & Coordination


Application deadline:  11:59PM EST, February 15th, 2021


See more details about this season's program.

Date of Birth *
Educational Status as of Summer 2021 *
(e.g., B.S. Geology, M.A. Science Communication, etc.)
Your Interest
Please rank your interest in the available internship themes (1=most interested, 3=least interested):
Are you available from early June through mid-August? *
Supporting Documents
The following are required to complete your application:
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Please answer the following required/optional short answer questions:
    1. What attracts you to ocean exploration? (250 words or less; this question is required)
    2. What are your expectations for an Explorer-in-Training internship? What skills and/or experience are you hoping to gain to advance your future career goals? (250 words or less; this question is required)
    3. Is there anything else about yourself/your experience that you feel is important and would like to share? (500 words or less; this question is optional)
  • Contact information for at least one academic (professor, advisor, teacher, etc.) and one character reference (community member, work supervisor, mentor, etc.). These references should be able to speak to your character, professional, and/or academic background.

Please ask your references for permission to include their information before final submission of your application. If your application is successful, your references will be contacted by email and asked to schedule a short phone call with a NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research team member. If your reference is unable to schedule a phone call, they will be able to complete a form with a few short questions. If references have any questions, they can contact the Internship Program Coordinator, Trish Albano, at

Please compile these materials into one document or PDF, rename it starting with your last name and "-okeanos2121" appended, and email to  The subject of the email should be EIT Application followed by your last name. 

Note: Upon completion of an internship, each intern will be required to submit a short (1-2 page) written report regarding their experience as an Explorer-in-Training.

Optional Demographic Questions

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, we ask all program applicants to volunteer the following demographic information. It will not be used in the selection process or provided to the selection committee. It will be kept separate and confidential, and only used in aggregate with responses from other applicants. Submission of this information is entirely voluntary. You can choose to respond to some questions and not others.

Are you a U.S. Veteran or active duty service member?
Do you identify as having a disability defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act (e.g., physical, mental health, or other disability)?
Are you the first generation in your family to attend college?
How would you describe your gender identity? (Please check all that apply.)
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