Issue date: 04 January 2024

UPDATE (08 May 2024) The following candidates have been selected:

Rank Candidate Sex Country Country Class.
First Ranked Candidates
1 Sophie F. Rahajarivelo F Madagascar LDC
Reserve or Alternate Candidates
R1 Lamjahao Sitlhou M India
R2 Samuel Kakra Boamah M Ghana

Pursuant to its contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules, signed with ISA on 15 April 2016, Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) is offering one (1) internship opportunity to a candidate from a developing State in 2024.


CIIC is offering access to a two to three-month internship at Global Sea Mineral Resources (GSR) in Antwerp, Belgium with access to the GSR/DEME Research laboratory.

The internship will consist of a comparative study of physical properties of polymetallic nodules sampled in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone and National Waters of the Cook Islands. The analyses will consist of geotechnical and geological tests to better define their physical properties (with a particular focus on water content, density and porosity) and highlight physical variations from both types of nodules. The internship will also require a desk study and bibliography research, as the final results will be compiled in a report.


The internship will span eight (8) to twelve (12) weeks, approximately from September to October 2024. The exact dates and duration of the internship will be determined amongst the selected candidate, CIIC and GSR.


To be considered for this programme, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Applicants must hold a master’s degree in Geology or Geotechnics, preferably linked to mining resources.
  • Work Experience: Preferably 1 to 5 years of experience.
  • Language: Proof of sufficient knowledge of English (spoken and written).
  • Age: Under 35 years old
  • Other: National of a developing country that is a Member State of the International Seabed Authority.


CIIC will cover all relevant costs for the training, including visa fee, flight, transportation, lodging and food.


Trainees will be required to sign the ISA Contractors’ Training Programme General Guidance and Code of Conduct for Trainees prior to the start of the internship.

At the end of the training, trainees must submit a report to CIIC and ISA outlining the training completed; the benefits of the training opportunity; the knowledge gained; and how the training will advance their career and/or educational pursuits.

Trainees who have successfully completed their training will receive certificates.


All interested applicants are invited to register and submit their applications on the ISA CTP Application Portal, along with their supporting documents, including:

  • A coloured passport sized photo
  • A copy of their passport biographical page or national identification card.
  • Signed nomination form [doc/pdf] by the nominating entity.
  • Copy of degree and/or certificate
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or résumé
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of English.
  • A one-page motivation statement outlining how the programme will further the applicant’s career.

Applicants must select the following options when applying for this training opportunity on the Application Portal:

Contractor Name:    Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC)/PMN

Year:                             2024

Programme Name: Internship


Application Deadline: 29 March 2024. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.


One of the Voluntary Commitments registered by ISA at the 2017 UN Ocean Conference (#OceanAction 40768) and reiterated in 2022 was ‘Enhancing the role of Women in Marine Scientific Research through Capacity Building’ – As partner of the Women in Deep-Sea Research project (WIDSR), CIIC has pledged to allocate 50% of its training opportunities to qualified women applicants.