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September 30, 2009

DAN Research Now Accepting Applications for 2010 Internship Program

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Program Offers Opportunities in DAN Dive Medicine and Research

DURHAM, NC – For 10 years, Divers Alert Network® has encouraged young minds interested in the areas of dive medicine and research through the DAN® Internship Program. DAN internships have opened professional doors and career opportunities for the extraordinary young men and women who complete the program each year.

DAN is now accepting applications for those interested in completing an internship in 2010. Selected interns will be trained at DAN in research methodology, which can be applied to both field and lab studies. After the initial week of training at DAN Headquarters, interns are placed with host facilities, including DAN, where they will remain in residence for 2 to 2 ½ months to collect data for Project Dive Exploration. DAN Research is currently conducting studies in both the field and laboratory.

DAN strives to make the intern’s experience an enriching one by helping them meet a number of goals, including:

  • assisting in on-going research projects including:
    • Dive profile data for Project Dive Exploration;
    • Laboratory studies such as Flying after Diving
  • providing interns with an experience in dive safety research (participants receive training in diving physiology and research methodology); and
  • educating the diving public about DAN and DAN Research activities.

DAN will also work with the interns’ educational institutions to offer academic credit for their work.

Qualities for good interns include enthusiasm, people skills, initiative, integrity, energy, intelligence, persuasiveness, computer literacy, and interest in science and research. The minimum age for an intern is 20 years of age (by June 1, 2010) with an educational track in a science field preferred. While diving is not a required skill for this internship, candidates should be certified scuba divers.

“DAN internships are tremendous opportunities for those interested in the areas of dive medicine and research studies,” said Donna Uguccioni, research coordinator for DAN. “The program has launched, guided and enriched the careers of more than one intern, and we hope to provide the same education and opportunities for those who join us in 2010.”

For additional information on or to discuss application to the program, contact Uguccioni via email or by calling (919) 684-2948 x.627.

Applications for the 2010 DAN Internship Program must be received by Jan. 15, 2010.

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