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Marine Research Internships with Ocean Alliance Project


Dive deep into the heart of marine conservation and biology with the Ocean Alliance Project’s Marine Research Internships, offered in partnership with Waikiki Dive Center. These immersive programs are specifically designed for individuals passionate about marine biology, eager to contribute to the preservation of coral reefs, and looking to develop professional skills in marine research and biology. Choose between our 6-week Marine Conservation Research Internship and the 8-week Scientific Divemaster Internship to embark on a journey of discovery, learning, and meaningful contribution in the field of marine biology.

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The Marine Conservation Research Internship is an intensive 6-week program that melds theoretical knowledge in marine biology with practical fieldwork and independent research, focusing on coral reef conservation. Organized by Ocean Alliance Project, this marine biology internship aims to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of marine ecosystems, ecological monitoring techniques, and the impacts of human activities on reef health.

Course Objectives

  • Deep Dive into Coral Reef Ecology: Gain insights into the dynamics of coral reef ecosystems and the significance of coral reefs in marine biology.
  • Acquire Monitoring Skills in Marine Biology: Master ecological monitoring techniques such as photogrammetry and benthic surveys relevant to marine biology.
  • Conduct Independent Marine Biology Research: Develop and execute research projects, from question formulation to data collection, within the realm of marine biology.
  • Data Analysis Proficiency in Marine Biology: Analyze research data, interpret findings, and draw conclusions with a focus on marine biology.
  • Scientific Communication in Marine Biology: Enhance your ability to communicate scientific findings within the marine biology community through writing and presentations.

What’s Included

  • At least 40 dives (gear included), focusing on marine biology research techniques
  • Conservation Diver Advanced Ecological Monitoring Certification
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification
  • Ongoing support for data collection, grant writing, and publication in the field of marine biology

Cost: $3,495

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The Scientific Divemaster Internship is a unique program combining professional diving training with an in-depth curriculum in marine science and biology, designed for those aiming to excel in both domains. This program offers rigorous training in advanced diving techniques and underwater navigation, complemented by a comprehensive exploration of marine biology, ecology, and conservation.

Scientific & PADI Divemaster Course Objectives

  • Master Coral Reef Ecology and Diving Skills: Acquire a profound understanding of coral reef ecosystems and advanced diving skills from a marine biology perspective.
  • Leadership in Diving with a Marine Biology Focus: Learn to lead and supervise dive activities with an emphasis on safety, environmental stewardship, and the principles of marine biology.
  • Independent Research Capability in Marine Biology: Engage in independent research to contribute to marine conservation with a solid foundation in marine biology.
  • Professionalism in Diving and Marine Biology: Adopt professionalism in all aspects of diving and marine research, with a keen focus on marine biology.

What’s Included

  • Approximately 50-60 dives (gear included) with an emphasis on marine biology and conservation
  • PADI Divemaster Certification
  • Conservation Diver Advanced Ecological Monitoring Certification in Marine Biology

Cost: $3,995

Note: Rescue Certification is required by the start of week 3. The awarding of certifications is contingent upon the successful completion of all course requirements.



These internships are more than just educational programs; they are a gateway to a career in marine biology and conservation. As part of Ocean Alliance Project’s commitment to preserving Hawai’i’s coral reefs, interns will emerge from these programs not only with certifications but also with the knowledge, skills, and experience to make a tangible difference in marine biology and conservation efforts worldwide.


Are you ready to take the plunge and make waves in the field of marine biology and conservation? View the full syllabus for each program and submit your application. Join us on this remarkable journey to protect our oceans and build a sustainable future for marine ecosystems worldwide through marine biology.