Our Internship Projects Provide Challenging and Meaningful Work for Students
Clear Blue Sea has an extensive Internship Program that provides students with opportunities to participate in performing our mission of “cleansing the oceans of plastic pollution.”
We are applying their research, analysis, engineering, prototyping, and media development to continue our progress in increasing awareness of the ocean plastic crisis and building our first fully-functional FRED Prototype for testing in San Diego waters.
How do I sign up?
We are so grateful for the overwhelming number of inquiries we have recently received! To help streamline the process and to ensure a good fit, we are requesting key information in the form below which facilitates our determination on what specific projects and teams are optimal for you and for Clear Blue Sea. We also request you provide a resume with this information. Before you fill out the form, please take 15 minutes to review the content on our website so you are more familiar with Clear Blue Sea, our projects, and our mission. The form should not take more than 10 minutes.
Our interns come from all major San Diego campuses and as far away as Australia!
USD Engineering Team
Building a Small-Scale Functional FRED Prototype
The goal of our project is to design, build, test, and demonstrate a 4-foot long prototype of the FRED architecture with a focus on the debris collection subsystem for harvesting floating plastics. We completed our FRED Prototype design in Fall of 2018 and will be building the prototype in Spring of 2019. Our small FRED model will satisfy and validate FRED system requirements provided by Clear Blue Sea. Our development efforts and lessons learned will be leveraged by Clear Blue Sea to implement a larger-scale FRED design and build program here in San Diego. Clear Blue Sea meets weekly with our team to review progress, brainstorm issue resolution, and facilitate creative design and development.
Our project goal is to research, design, and prototype a Navigation and Data Communication subsystem for integration into FRED’s overall architecture. This subsystem provides functionality for semi-autonomous navigation, remote control of FRED, operational performance status reporting, and environmental monitoring. Our team works collaboratively with the FRED’s Angels Team and Clear Blue Sea to identify optimal design strategies and development methodologies. In our build phase, our Navigation and Data Communications subsystem prototype will be integrated into the FRED Angel’s team small-scale model to produce an enhanced FRED prototype for demonstration.
SDSU Engineering Team
Proving Its Salt:
A Seaworthy Collection System for FRED
The scope of this engineering project is to develop a Debris Collection Subsystem that will act as a proof of concept of the full-size subsystem that will be a critical component of the FRED Architecture. In the Fall of 2018, The Salty Crew Team researched, engineered, and designed the architecture for this FRED Subsystem Prototype. In the Spring of 2019, Salty Crew will fabricate, assemble, integrate and test their prototype for final demonstration in a marine environment. This demonstration will include operational use of the subsystem’s ability to collect, capture, and store marine floating plastic.
As Clear Blue Sea’s Internship Program grows in size and scope, we need assistance managing and helping our teams and researchers. While we train all of our interns on the basics of project management best practices, this core group’s entire focus is hands-on project management and Project Management Institute (PMI) training. They are also instrumental in making progress from the Clear Blue Sea administrational side, helping us accomplish side projects that support advancement of our mission.
Interns: Zane, Eva, Chris, Jenny
The Plastic Pirates Team is designing and building a table-top size marine robot that will pick up floating plastic debris in a marine environment. The team calls their prototype robot FRED Jr., which will be remote-controlled, solar-powered, and travel at 2 knots. In the Fall of 2018, the team developed alternative design strategies for FRED model components including the hull, conveying capability, power system, storage component, and electronics. In the Spring of 2019, they will procure commercial components and fabricate custom components to build and test FRED Jr.
The scope of this project was to research, engineer, design, and develop a functional prototype of FRED’s Solar Power Subsystem based on system requirements provided by Clear Blue Sea. Over a short period of 10 weeks, the team completed a systems engineering life cycle methodology that included multiple design reviews and operational testing. At the conclusion of the internship project, the FRED Solar Power Subsystem Prototype was demonstrated to the engineering department at USD and then written up as a project success story for the USD website.
Clarity Design sponsored another summer team of four USD engineering students to continue the progress made by the 2018-2019 senior design teams. In the spirit of diversity, this team is comprised of students from the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the USD Engineering School at large. The team will be enhancing the Mini FRED after they do a thorough design review and test of the prototype from that project.
Team Members: Desmond, Cameryn, Zach, Jazmyn
Clear Blue Sea’s startup focus has been on engineering development and mentoring interns, but now thanks to our media volunteers, we will be able to share a behind-the-scenes view so our fans can come on the journey with us, even if they are far away. Graphic designers, artists, and educators will work together to make technical concepts easy to understand through visuals and help us advertise events and efforts from our awareness teams. Videographers and photographers are going to capture the action happening at our weekly meetings and monthly events, as well as interview key personnel about their insights on ocean plastic pollution and Clear Blue Sea.
The goal of this small intern team is to raise local awareness of the problem of ocean plastic pollution on San Diego college campuses in order to reach more young people as they are making decisions about their place in the world. Clear Blue Sea believes that younger generations have the power to make global change, and by planting seeds of change early on, we can reach a larger audience and create a more well-informed public for a bluer, brighter future. Each student brings knowledge of their own campus to the the team, and together they plan small events and team up with other environmental organizations for collaborative outreach.
Team Members: Eva, Jasha, Kelcie, Kaelah, Marcus
The goal of the website development team was to re-brand the website and make Clear Blue Sea feel more like a nonprofit. In addition to creating this new vibe, the team created new pages to more accurately share Clear Blue Sea’s progress and communicate important concepts to the user. They also customized the interface so Clear Blue Sea could better receive inquiries and messages from the public. Website maintenance is ongoing.
Team Members: Sonali, Kent, Rupali, Leena, Janine
The goal of this volunteer and intern team is to raise online awareness of the problem of ocean plastic pollution and the many possible solutions including Clear Blue Sea’s innovative robot, “FRED.” The team developed profiles on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and posts daily to build a community rallied around Clear Blue Sea’s mission and reach new people who would otherwise be unaware of Clear Blue Sea. Despite the bleak reality of plastic pollution, the team speaks in a hopeful voice and features groundbreaking, beautiful, and/or grassroots work being done around the globe and of course, right here at Clear Blue Sea.
Team Members: Trent, Kaelah, Zeina, Sam, Janine, Erna, Ken, Ashley
2017 Interns: Alice Panek (Webb), Nick Hanslin (Webb), Jedd Stallings (SDSU)