Sustainable Engineering Internship

2015 SEI interns tell of their "real-world experience" at SML; read UNH Today and watch the video!

Internship overview
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 20 - July 18, 2016

Eligibility: For engineering majors entering junior or senior year in fall of 2016.

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.

To apply, send to Dr. Jim Coyer ( A cover letter, resume/CV, unofficial academic transcript, and 2 letters of recommendation (at least one from a professor/faculty member, second can be from a graduate student TA or employer). Application deadline: February 19, 2016.

Project list from SEI 2015

Assignment 1: Perform an island campus LED lighting study to help Shoals save energy.
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.



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."

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