DAN Europe Internships

DAN Europe encourages young minds interested in the areas of dive medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering and research through the DAN Europe Research Internship Program.

Participants will learn about diving-related research and develop or enhance professional skills that can lead to career advancement. Each participant will have a custom-tailored program with a common training period of 3 weeks. Following this initial, basic training, they will work closely with mentor experts to maximize their learning opportunities by actively working in the field.

All internships start on July 15th 2019. Duration may vary according to the customised program set for every intern, and will be determined by factors such as productivity, research needs, and the interest of both intern and mentor.

Training will mainly take place in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy. In some cases and for part of their training, interns will be hosted by DAN Research partner organisations that are appropriate for their interests and ability. Activities may include field, laboratory and/or epidemiological studies.

Research interns typically assist in data collection and work on a variety of assignments to develop their practical skills, critical thinking, and technical communication expertise. Interns will be asked to produce a written report of their experience which may be used in full or in part in DAN publications, including Alert Diver magazine, DAN website, research newsletters and press releases.

Interns are primarily recruited among undergraduate students at Colleges and Universities as well as early-stage researchers from private organisations, including post-graduate students.


The maximum number of interns is limited to 12. No compensation will be provided for the internship. DAN will provide all interns with logistic support (e.g. organisation of their trip and stay).

Requirements and pre-requisites

Intern candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by June 1st in the year of application
  • Have a scientific educational background
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Have a proven interest in diving, as all activities are diving focused

Internship Program

Week 1Week 2Week 3
  • Orientation
  • State of the art in Diving Research
  • DAN Europe Research Projects
  • DAN Research Specialist Course
  • Diving Safety Laboratory (DSL) Field Data Collection
All applicants are requested to submit the following information:
  • application form
  • professional/academic resume
  • diving resume (number of dives, environmental and depth range, specialties/certifications)
  • two letters of reference from academic and professional sources
  • cover letter (maximum two pages) describing your history (including activities related to diving), interests, aspirations and how the internship will enhance your personal and professional growth.


Interested candidates should send their CV to along with two reference letters.