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The 2017 DataONE Summer Internship Program will open for applications in February 2017

Internship projects opportunities will be announced in February 2017. In the interim, please review the program details, application requirements and eligibility criteria below.

The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. DataONE is pleased to announce the availability of summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates.

Program Information

Interns undertake a 9 week program of work centered around one of the projects listed below. Each intern will be paired with one primary mentor and, in some cases, secondary and tertiary mentors. Interns need not necessarily be at the same location or institution as their mentor(s). Interns and mentors are expected to have a face-to-face meeting at the beginning of the summer, maintain frequent communication throughout the program and interns are required to work in an open notebook environment.

Draft Schedule

February 13 - Application period opens
March 17 - Deadline for receipt of applications at midnight Mountain time
Apr 3 - Notification of acceptance and scheduling of face-to-face meetings (schedules permitting)
May 22 - Program begins*
June 19 - Midterm evaluations
July 21 - Program concludes**
* Some allowance will be made for students who are unavailable during these dates due to their school calendar.
** Program may not extend beyond Aug 11 2017.


The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their degree within the past five years. Given the broad range of projects, there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study. Interns must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date, must be currently enrolled or employed at a U.S. university or other research institution and must currently reside in, and be eligible to work in, the United States. Interns are expected to be available approximately 40 hours/week during the internship period (noted above) with significant availability during the normal business hours. Interns from previous years are eligible to participate.

Financial Support

Interns will receive a stipend of $5,000 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the program). In addition, required travel expenses will be borne by DataONE. Participation in the program after the mid-term is contingent on satisfactory performance. The University of New Mexico will administer funds. Interns will need to supply their own computing equipment and internet connection. For students who are not US citizens or permanent residents, complete visa information will be required, and it may be necessary for the funds to be paid through the student’s university or research institution. In such cases, the student will need to provide the necessary contact information for their organization.


Projects will cover a range of topic areas and vary in the extent and type of prior background required of the intern. Not all projects are guaranteed funding and the interests and expertise of the applicants will, in part, determine which projects will be selected for the program. The titles and descriptions of this year’s projects are posted below.

2016 Project Titles

To be announced.

Project Details

To be announced.

To Apply

Full details of the application process, and links to forms, will be available when the application period opens.
Required application materials include: 1) a resume that includes educational history, current position, any publications or honors, and full contact information (including phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address); 2) a cover letter identifying the project you are interested in, the contributions you expect to make to the project, relevant background, value of the internship program to your career objectives and your approach to meeting the project deliverables; and 3) a letter of reference.

Evaluation of applications

Applications will be judged by the following criteria:

  • The academic and technical qualifications of the applicant.
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
  • The extent to which the applicant can provide substantive contributions to one or more projects, including the applicant’s ideas for project implementation.
  • The extent to which the internship would be of value to the career development of the applicant
  • The availability of the applicant during the period of the internship.

Intellectual Property

DataONE is predicated on openness and universal access. Software is developed under one of several open source licenses, and copyrightable content produced during the course of the project will made available under a Creative Commons (CC-BY 3.0) license. Where appropriate, projects may result in published articles and conference presentations, on which the intern is expected to make a substantive contribution, and receive credit for that contribution.

Funding acknowledgement

Previous Summer Internships are supported by a National Science Foundation Award (NSF Award 0830944): "DataNetONE (Observation Network for Earth)". Current Summer Internships are supported by National Science Foundation Award #1430508.

For more information

If you have questions or problems about the application process or internship program in general, please e-mail internship@dataone.org.