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Wildlife Conservation

Includes courses in partnership
with the University of Richmond


Are you passionate about contributing to anti-poaching efforts? Determined to reduce the destruction of natural habitats? Committed to helping mitigate the negative effects climate change has on wildlife? Join GVI’s Wildlife Conservation Virtual Internship today to gain real experience contributing to the work of NGOs, government organisations and social enterprises that focus on these key issues. You’ll come away with the valuable first-hand insight, practical understanding and professional connections needed to pursue a successful career conserving wildlife.

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.
Breeding and release plan for endangered turtles and tortoises

Through research and development we create an innovative breeding and release strategy for three remarkable species: elongated tortoises, yellow-headed temple turtles and keeled box turtles.

Rhino conservation: social media planning and implementation

Research, planning and execution of a fundraising action plan. Use social media as the primary platform to promote and support the conservation of rhinos and other endangered species in the Greater Kruger region.

Camera trap analysis and data entry to EarthRanger

Analyse footage from camera traps and update EarthRanger with location data from the camera traps, to help monitor rhino movements and learn more about the behaviours of these endangered species.

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What you get

Endorsed <br/>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
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.


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*


Masterclass series

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

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

Founder, Breathe Conservation | World Record Holder

Conservation for people who hate animals
By Peter Allison

Guiding and Safari Sales, Natural Selection

Conservation, wildlife and sustainability
By Anna Zora

Deputy Conservation Manager, Fregate Island Private

Vulture conservation in South Africa
By Dr Lindy Thompson

Project Co-ordinator, Vulture Conservation & Research at Endangered Wildlife Trust