Are you a student and love diving and scientific research? Well, the Divers Alert Network’s Research Internship Program is entering its 18th year of offering internships to a select group of students.

If selected, you’ll get hands-on research experience and be able to network with the top professionals in dive science or medicine.

DAN President and CEO Bill Ziefle says:

“The DAN Research Internship Program reflects DAN’s dedication to educating the next generation of researchers and underscores our commitment to continuing research and education initiatives. It is through initiatives like this that we are able to solidify the foundation for the future of dive safety.”

Last year, DAN’s two interns spent the summer working at the organization’s headquarters in Durham, North Carolina, where they worked on projects varying from injury prevention among Florida lobster divers, diving injuries that presented in U.S. emergency rooms, heart rate variability among older divers, and more. In addition to learning research techniques specific to each study, they gained exposure to the ethics of human research and experience in writing up research findings for dissemination throughout the diving community.

The program is pretty competitive, and you’ll need excellent communication and organizational skills, an established commitment to diving, and goals that would benefit from participation in the program. It’ll be best if you’re in an educational track in a science field, and while you may not be actually diving during the internship, all activities are — obviously — diving focused. Any candidate should be a certified diver with sufficient experience.

This year’s application deadline is January 15, 2017, so you better hurry.

To learn more about the program, check out the DAN website at

Questions on applying to the program should be directed to DAN Research Specialist Jeanette Moore at +1-919-684-2948 ext. 1260 or via email at