Please note: the 2021 DAN Europe Internship has been postponed

The coronavirus put a halt to many programmes, and prevented us to effectively organise our 2021 Internship.

Over the past 5 years the Internship has welcomed dozens of young, brilliant minds willing to go deeper into science, research, and diver safety aspects.

Much to do with the pandemic remains unclear, however it is our desire to reintroduce a revamped Internship programme in 2022.

We suggest you keep looking at this page, and follow the DAN Europe social media pages for the most current updates on new training and education opportunities.

Learning objectives

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. They will attend a 2-week training program by working closely with mentor experts to maximize their learning opportunities by actively working in the field.

It is possible to extend the duration of the internship upon request of the participants in case, he/she aims at working in a targeted research theme within the scope of activities of the DAN Europe Foundation.


Activities may include field, laboratory and classroom lectures on diving research. 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.

After the internship, 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. They will be ready to join various diving expeditions for data collection.


Internship will start on July 2022.

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.


Interns are primarily recruited among undergraduate/graduate 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 10. 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 2
  • Orientation
  • State of the art in Diving Research
  • Diving Physiology
  • Biomedical engineering research in diving
  • Basic Life Support-Defibrillator course (BLSD)
  • 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.