Mechanical Engineer Intern

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Want to build your resume, gain real-life managerial experience, and earn academic credit while contributing to a solution to Ocean Plastic Pollution?

Clear Blue Sea (CBSea) is a San Diego nonprofit startup dedicated to cleansing the oceans of plastic pollution through research and remediation. We have an extensive student internship program including over 80 participants to date. We have multiple engineering projects to build our marine robot prototype, the Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris, or FRED, as well as multiple research, social media, and website projects. Our Executive Management is performing strategic business activities, program management, as well as detailed daily administrative tasks. Our student projects include 4 marine robot prototyping projects; an environmental sciences policy project; a crowdfunding strategic planning project; and a Web/Social Media Enhancement Project.

We are looking for interns and volunteers: To plan and implement Clear Blue Sea’s Mataince and Warehouse program management functions under the direction of our Operation Manager who will provide specific roles and responsibilities defined in collaboration with the CBSea team. This internship spans the 2018-19 academic year and requires a minimum of 10 hours per week, which can be flexibly scheduled. This position is unpaid but available for academic credit depending on the school’s internship program.

The ideal intern will be able to provide strategic analyses, top-down planning, creative brainstorming, effective problem-solving, weekly tracking of project status and issues, and timely completion of an immediate Mataince and Warehouse supporting tasks.

Here are the capabilities and attributes we look for in our interns and volunteers:

  • Effective technical skills
  • Knowledge of various tools and hardware
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Attention to details
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Teamworking skills.

Examples of Mechanical Engineer tasks include:

  • Assessing project requirements
  • Measuring the performance of mechanical components, devices, and engines
  • Repairing mechanical components, devices, and engines
  • Agreeing on budgets, timescales, and specifications with clients and managers
  • Maintaining and modifying equipment to ensure that it is safe, reliable and efficient
  • Using computer-aided design/modeling software
  • Liaising with suppliers
  • Undertaking relevant research
  • Producing and implementing designs and test procedures
  • Presenting designs to managers and clients
  • Testing, evaluating, modifying and re-testing products
  • Writing reports and documentation
  • Providing technical advice
  • Analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Assist in various tasks in support of on-site Office/Warehouse operations.

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Mission Statement

Clear Blue Sea's mission is to cleanse the oceans of floating plastic pollution by operating fleets of unmanned marine robots powered by renewable energy.


Clear Blue Sea was founded in 2016 to address the problem of ocean plastic pollution. We are a nonprofit startup working with students and volunteers to achieve our mission with community collaboration. Our robotic solution is called "FRED" - the Floating Robot for Eliminating Debris.

Clear Blue Sea has developed FRED’s preliminary design and prototyped small-scale versions of FRED subsystems for test and evaluation. In addition to securing our 501c3 nonprofit designation, developing our Business Plan, and establishing our Board of Directors, we have sponsored 16 student interns working on projects relevant to our long term goals. Our near term goals include building a larger-scale prototype for testing off the coast of San Diego and raising awareness of the problems with ocean plastic pollution in San Diego.



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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • System Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Resource Development / Management




  • 10 hours weekly

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