Internship (River Plastic Data)

The Ocean Cleanup

Rotterdam, Netherlands 🇳🇱


The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. To do so, we develop and deploy cleanup systems to stop plastic from reaching our oceans by intercepting it in rivers.

“The Data & Monitoring Team supports the development and measures the performance of plastic interception technologies by researching the spatial and temporal behavior of plastic in rivers and providing all relevant data on rivers where deployments are planned. We develop and deploy sensors, apps, and dashboards to provide actionable information to other teams in the organization. We collaborate with universities across the globe to obtain accurate data and gain knowledge on plastic emitting rivers. We are looking for an energetic, curious intern with organizational and structuring skills, and a hands-on mentality” – Renata Correia, River Survey Engineer


In this role, you will be asked to:

  • Work from data wrangling to processing of several plastic datasets from field observations
  • Select, test, and validate different data collection methods to estimate plastic flux from rivers to the oceans
  • Conduct literature reviews related to the quantification of macroplastic in riverine environments
  • Support the Data & Monitoring team in preparing field surveys, documentation, and protocols to be shared with external partners
  • Support the Data & Monitoring team with technical suitability assessments for plastic interception projects
  • Cooperate with the Data & Monitoring team and other scientists from the research team in plastic research-related topics


  • Bachelor’s degree; preferably post-graduate science education in environmental sciences, engineering, biology, or a closely field related
  • Experience with GIS software is a plus (ArcGIS, QGIS, e.g.)
  • Experience or willingness to learn a programming language is preferred (Python, e.g.)
  • Ability to present and explain results in an organized and structured way
  • Ability to deal with multi datasets (UAV’s imagery, environmental time series, spatial datasets)
  • Comfortable working with several projects simultaneously
  • Fluent in English, proficiency in Spanish, French or an Asian language is a plus


  • Enthusiastic, energetic, and curious
  • Hands-on mentality
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to deal with uncertainty, changes in scope, and ambiguity
  • Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal.


  • 3 to 6 months
  • Starting date: ASAP
  • A valid European Union work permit is preferred for this position. However, feel free to send an open application so we can contact you if an opportunity arises in your country.





IHE Delft Institute for Water Education - MSc in Water and Sustainable Development