To apply for an internship, the requirements are:
Students must be:
- At least 18 years of age.
- A current undergraduate student or very recently graduated from an undergraduate program from a US institution and a citizen of the United States or its possessions; international students are not eligible for this program. An undergraduate student is defined as a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate under certain circumstances.
- Interested in becoming marine technicians on research vessels. MATE is especially looking for students in marine technology, engineering, computer science, or other technical programs at two- year colleges or in their first two years of a baccalaureate degree program.
- Able to enroll in a for-credit cooperative work experience course (preferably at Monterey Peninsula College). If the costs for this are a burden to participation, the MATE Center can pay for this up-front and deduct the cost from the internship stipend.
- Demonstrated time at sea is highly desirable for the six-month position, but is not required for the summer at-sea positions. Applicants for the spring six-month internships must be ready to enter the job market with academic studies complete and looking to start a career as a marine technician.
Students in two-year and certificate marine technology and science programs, MATE partner students, and students and in related marine technology undergraduate programs will be given preference for summer internships only.
The MATE Center encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or age. A long-standing goal of the MATE Center is to increase the diversity of the marine technical workforce: women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.