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Marine conservation

Includes courses in partnership
with the University of Richmond

Overview

Most conservation organisations agree that marine species are under threat. Join a Marine Conservation Virtual Internship to kickstart your career and help solve this problem. Throughout the internship, you’ll connect with marine conservation experts and be exposed to methods and practices used to replant coral reefs, combat poaching, promote the protection of marine areas and much more. By becoming immersed in the day-to-day running of marine conservation development projects, you’ll leave equipped to secure a successful career in this field.

Project work
Throughout your internship you’ll be completing one project each week that helps a local organisation solve an actual problem. Since we work with real partners, real, valuable projects will be assigned to you. This means that the types of projects you could work on will vary. We aim to match you as closely as possible with an organisation and a task that aligns with your personal career goals. See below for some of the projects you could work on during your internship.
Create marine conservation education resources for primary schools

Contribute to revamping educational outreach materials by designing lessons on Belize’s local ecosystems and species. These lessons will support a long-lasting education program with significant and enduring benefits.

Produce educational infographics on turtle conservation

Research the conflicts that occur between turtles and humans in Costa Rica and the Caribbean, and the ways to reduce these. Share this valuable information with the public through engaging infographics designed for social media.

Analysis and monitoring of photomosaics of benthic species

Carefully study photomosaics to track how benthic species cover evolves with the reintroduction of Carribean king crabs in reef patches in Mexico. Analysing these images will uncover exciting insights about the underwater ecosystem.

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What you get

Endorsed <br/>certificate

Endorsed
certificate

Endorsed <br/>certificate

Complete two online courses and earn a certificate from the University of Richmond.

A professional recommendation

A professional recommendation

Get a professional recommendation from your personal mentor that details your skills and accomplishments.

Masterclass lecture series

Masterclass lecture series

Attend an immersive masterclass lecture for each internship project, delivered by leading academics and local experts.

Real world projects

Real world projects

Complete a project that solves a problem for a real organisation and add it to your resume.

Personal mentorship

Personal mentorship

Receive support from your dedicated internship supervisor during weekly one-on-ones, and career coaching sessions from an external expert.

New, verifiable skills

New, verifiable skills

Learn new skills, relevant to an impact-focused profession, and apply them to real scenarios.

Up to
GBP 545
grants
Get a GBP 545 grant towards
an in-country internship

Book and pay for your virtual internship program, and receive a GBP 545 grant towards an internship in any of our locations around the world.

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A typical week
Career path insight

Engage with academics, professionals and other interns by attending lectures and live chats where key topics and trends in your field of interest will be discussed.

10 hours
Local immersion

Gain insight into culture through a range of interactions with community members. Learn about cultural or environmental topics by attending sessions led by local experts.

4 hours
Project work

Solve a problem or challenge for a real organisation by learning about their challenges, carrying out research, finding a solution and proposing an implementation plan.

22 hours
Career development

Speak to someone with your dream job and find out how they got there. Attend career development workshops. Receive career coaching and ongoing support from your mentor.

4 hours
2 online courses included

2 weeks before starting your virtual internship, you’ll work on our foundations in sustainable development program. This includes two online courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond.

Course 1

Careers in sustainable development

Course 2

Specialisation course relevant to your VI subject area. Either wildlife conservation, marine conservation or climate crisis & sustainability

Optional extra specialisation courses*

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Masterclass series

Attend an immersive series of lectures delivered by leading academics, professionals and local experts.

Protecting our sharks
By Brendon Sing

Director, Shark Guardian

The Seychelles conservation and climate adaptation trust
By Angelique Pouponneau

CEO, Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust

From ocean to office
By Tom Inett

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, Dive with Tom

Advocate for plastic-free oceans | Elite endurance athlete
By Sarah Ferguson

Founder, Breathe Conservation | World Record Holder