Internships in Integrated Island Engineering Systems for Sustainability: How Power, Water and Sanitation Systems on a Small Island Can Help Us Understand Larger Issues in Sustainability. The unique location and nature of Appledore Island and Shoals Marine Laboratory provide an unparalleled opportunity for engineering students. This paid internship enables up to 4 interns to work side-by-side with SML staff and a variety of professional engineers to address the engineering challenges encountered when operating and maintaining electrical, drinking water, wastewater and salt water systems on a remote island. Interns are expected to deliver a public presentation and written report with recommendations for improvements and/or changes to existing infrastructure based on specific project assignments. The Integrated Sustainable Engineering Internship program is sponsored by Unitil in honor of SEI mentor and co-founder, Mike Dalton.
Dates: June 29 - July 27, 2015
Eligibility: For engineering majors entering junior or senior year in fall of 2015.
Stipend: Each intern will receive a stipend of $500 total, plus room and board on Appledore for 4 weeks and two round trips between Portsmouth and Appledore. Interns are responsible for their own travel arrangements and transportation costs to and from Portsmouth, NH..
Application deadline: February 13, 2015
Project list for SEI 2015
Assignment 1: Perform an island campus LED lighting study to help Shoals
Assignment 2: Evaluate performance
of the Energy Conservation Building and new solar array
Assignment 3: Evaluate pumping technologies and propose more efficient
ways to pump salt water
Assignment 4: Perform electrical transformer
study, and evaluate transformer efficiency
Assignment 5: Perform island campus
electrical load profile, and evaluate energy conservation
Assignment 6: Design rainwater collection/distribution
for Celia Thaxter’s Garden
Assignment 7: Evaluate options for
additional fresh water; site and propose a new well location
Ross Hansen, Director of Facilities and Planning
Mike Rosen, Director of Island and Coastal Operations
Tom Johnson, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory
Mike Dalton, Unitil, NH
Dr. Nancy Kinner, UNH (Nancy Kinner on PBS NEWSHOUR)
Lee Consavage, Consavage Engineering, ME
For more information, contact Ross Hansen or (603) 430-5220
SEI interns in action on Appledore Island with UNH mentor Jim Malley (photo by David O. Brown).
Hear what our alumni have to say about the SEI program:
- SEI 2013 intern, Dimitry Harris (UNH '14), shares his Shoals experience @ UNH Today.
- SEI 2013 intern, Eric Mauer (UofDelaware) tells us about his Shoals experience: "My
summer on Appledore opened my eyes to the importance of developing
sustainable technologies. Working on the island’s renewable energy grid
sparked my interest in the energy problems the world is facing. SML is
the perfect place to learn about renewable energy because it is
essentially a model of real world systems, but on a small scale making
it easy to understand. That summer proved to be a life changing
experience and I am forever grateful to have had this opportunity."