Marine Conservation Internships Abroad

Conduct scientific research in the world’s most biodiverse waters.

Our oceans are vulnerable. They – and all the essential, varied and vibrant marine life that they support – need urgent protection. And you can help. Join one of our marine conservation internships where you’ll gain practical experience and professional skills while contributing to locally-led research projects grounded in science.

Overview

Imagine paddling through the warm waters of Fiji’s archipelago, taking stock of the reef’s flora and fauna. Out of the corner of your eye you spy a spot of silver. It’s the near-threatened bubble coral, or Plerogyra Sinuosa, that resides on the Caqalai Island reef. Its gleaming coral polyps are the size of grapes, and in the morning light it’s swollen up to soak in every ray within its reach. Nearby, a humpback snapper whips by, and a crown-of-thorns starfish slowly feeds on the reef. 

When you join a marine conservation internship program, you could spend your days like this – gaining on-the-ground research experience while working on marine conservation project work that adds to the preservation of a host of marine animals from any one of these countries:

Gaining this type of international experience is one of the best ways to broaden your perspective of the world, and the field of ocean conservation. It also gives you the skills you need to make your start in a career in marine ecology and conservation.

At GVI, we offer three different types of marine conservation internships: 

These options allow you to pick a program that takes into account where you are right now and where you want to be in the future. From deciding which career path you want to follow to gaining work experience or completing a research paper, we have an internship that aligns with wherever you are in your studies or career path.

All of our marine conservation internships contribute to work that’s aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Interns complete project work that factors into long-term conservation goals that are based on the UN’s global objectives and the specific conservation needs of each GVI location.

Marine conservation internships range from 2 to 24 weeks, depending on the program you select. You could join a marine conservation internship in Fiji, where you’ll assist with research in marine protected areas and contribute towards conserving Fiji’s delicate coral reefs and marine ecosystems. Or you could join a marine conservation internship in Mexico. You’ll learn diving and underwater survey techniques, earn your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certificate, and actively contribute to coral reef conservation on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.

We also provide professional dive training on our PADI Divemaster internships, all of which include a PADI segment unique to GVI: the PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality. You can become a professional diver while contributing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 14: Life Below Water. 

And like all GVI internships, you’ll have opportunities to delve deeper into your program focus than you would on a volunteering program. Complete a GVI marine conservation internship abroad and gain:

  • Access to the marine conservation or diving industry.
  • Guidance from expert supervisors with PhD qualifications.
  • Four optional online courses endorsed by the University of Richmond.
  • A LinkedIn reference, career coaching sessions and access to a job portal.
  • Comprehensive fieldwork training.
  • Fast-track training and a career guarantee (on selected programs).
  • Access to exclusive datasets and research that’s been cited on Google Scholar (on certain programs). 
  • The chance to author or co-author a scientific paper (on selected programs).
  • Experience in policy-making and conducting research for ocean conservation.
  • Improved diving skill and technique, and dive-shop operational experience (on specific diving programs).
  • Increased knowledge on the ocean’s various ecosystems.
  • One-on-one mentorship from a dedicated remote supervisor.
  • Practical experience leading a specific ocean or marine life research-based project.

Our programs

Internship
Dolphin, turtle and shark conservation internship in Fiji
Internship
Marine Conservation Internship in Mexico
Internship
Marine Biology Internship in the Canary Islands
Research Fellowship
Marine Conservation Research Fellowship in Tenerife
Research Fellowship
Wildlife Conservation Research Fellowship in Seychelles
Internship
Marine Conservation Internship in Seychelles
Internship
Island Conservation Internship with Snorkelling in Seychelles
Professional Apprenticeship
PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation Apprenticeship in Seychelles
Internship
Sea Turtle Conservation Internship in Mexico
Research Fellowship
Marine conservation research fellowship in Mexico
Research Fellowship
Coastal conservation research fellowship in Thailand
Research Fellowship
Marine Conservation Research Fellowship in Seychelles
Internship
Marine Conservation Internship in Fiji
Professional Apprenticeship
PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation Apprenticeship in Mexico
Internship
Sustainable fishing internship in Fiji
Internship
Coral Reef Ecology and Conservation Internship in Fiji
Professional Apprenticeship
Coastal Conservation Apprenticeship in Thailand
Professional Apprenticeship
PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation Dive Shop Apprenticeship in Mexico
Internship
Coral Reef Ecology and Conservation Internship in Seychelles