Training/Education

DAN Celebrates 20th Year of Prestigious Research Internship Program

Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th President of the United States once said, “The expert at anything was once a beginner.” While it’s unclear if Rutherford ever worked as an intern, some of the world’s best minds attribute their success to internships that gave them the chance to pursue their interests, and learn new skills.

Founded in 1999, the DAN Research Internship Program is a highly competitive and uniquely progressive program, significantly expanded in scope in celebration of its 20th year, that gives candidates a strong foundation on which to build their careers. Interns will spend three months at the DAN offices in Durham, North Carolina, learning all facets of scientific research, ranging from proposal writing, ethics approval, and data collection, to analysis and publication.

“Our research internship program is a truly remarkable experience, and a unique opportunity for bright young students. No filing faxes or making coffee runs, this is a demanding program that gives interns real world life and career skills,” said Bill Ziefle, DAN President and CEO. “Former DAN Research Interns have made significant contributions in their fields, earned postgraduate degrees in science or medicine, and blazed notable new career paths across the nation, from Key West to Kodiak. Further, five interns have returned to become full-time DAN staff, including our current Director of Injury Monitoring and Prevention, Dr. Peter Buzzacott. It’s just one way that DAN supports the next generation of dive safety researchers — something we’re very proud to do.”

To qualify, candidates must be 20 years of age (by 1 June of the current year), and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program or in a first-year graduate program with a preferred educational track in science. As the research internship is dive-focused, applicants must also be certified scuba divers.

To apply for the internship, candidates must submit:

  • DAN’s Intern Application (PDF: 66 KB);
  • Professional/academic resume
  • Dive resume (number of dives, environmental and depth range, specialties/certifications)
  • Two letters of reference from academic and/or professional sources
  • Cover letter (maximum two pages) describing your history (including your ties to diving), interests, aspirations and how the internship will benefit your personal and professional growth.

For more information or to submit an application, visit diversalertnetwork.org/research/intern/ or contact program director Dr. Peter Buzzacott at PBuzzacott@DAN.org . The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018.

Opportunities for international applicants are also available subject to US Visa requirements and interested international applicants should contact Dr. Buzzacott before applying.

DAN’s Research Department will review applications, qualifications, and conduct phone interviews, if necessary, before making final decisions in mid-February.

Interns will be notified by 1 March 2018.