Best Environmental Science Internships and Conservation Programs

Employment in the Environmental Science and Conservation sectors is projected to grow significantly over the coming decades as we face unfathomable environmental challenges, including climate change, pollution and emerging threats to biodiversity and public health. Protecting our natural environment is more important than ever and key to the survival of our precious ecosystems, wildlife and even humankind.

At Intern Abroad HQ, we believe that Environmental Scientists and Conservationists will be absolutely integral to solving these challenges. Taking an internship in this field gives you the unique opportunity to work alongside experienced environmentalists in an international organization while making a positive impact on their projects.

What is Environmental Science and why is it important?

Environmental Scientists work to protect the natural environment and public health by eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards, including unsustainable industry practices, deforestation or burning fossil fuels.

They carry out research, analyze data and develop plans to prevent, control or fix problems, such as toxic air, plastic pollution, destruction of natural habitats or global warming. Environmental experts also advise governments and businesses on policies and projects, helping to solve some of the most important issues of our time.

This field of work is vital to the future of our planet and will be instrumental in preventing natural disasters, mass extinction of wildlife, collapsing ecosystems, food scarcity, global displacement of people and more over the coming years. As we see firsthand on our programs, collective individual effort is an important catalyst for significant global change.

How to get a job in Environmental Science or Conservation

If you’re interested in an active career that won’t be spent behind a desk – then interning on an Environmental Science or Conservation placement will allow you to foster the relevant skills and real-world experience needed to succeed in this industry.

Whether you’re after lab experience or ecology training, Intern Abroad HQ offers a wide-range of internships that can be tailored to meet your career path, course credit or academic requirements. Our exclusive experiential learning curriculum works alongside your internship to enable you to gain a deep cultural intelligence, make your resume stand out and articulate your experience to future employers.

Best Environmental Science and Conservation Internships

For those who prefer to gain cross-cultural career experience online from the comfort of home, we have a range of flexible Remote Environmental Internships - customized to suit your schedule. If you’re looking to combine your internship with an immersive travel experience, we have a variety of Environmental Internships Abroad in some of the world’s most sought after destinations.

We’ve rounded up the top Environmental Science and Conservation internships both abroad and online to help you find the program that best suits your skills, career goals and personal interests.

1. Marine Mammals Remote Internship out of Greece

Marine Mammals Remote Internship out of Greece

Help protect Cetaceans and marine mammals, such as dolphins, on this unique remote internship out of Greece. As a remote intern, you’ll aid a non-profit NGO through photo identification activities, population structure analysis and map creation using GIS, and live stream drone surveys.

Tasks can include monitoring the population of dolphins in the Aegean Sea using drones, assessing changes in pod structure and more. By helping to analyze and interpret environmental data, you’ll be helping to inform local conservation and environmental management activities to protect the highly intelligent and magnificent marine mammals of the region.

2. Environmental Conservation Internship in Costa Rica

Environmental Conservation Internship in Costa Rica

Preserve unique ecosystems amongst the lush rainforest, spectacular wildlife and volcanic landscapes of Costa Rica. Despite its small size, 25% of Costa Rica’s territory is environmentally protected, so there is ample opportunity to become involved in conservation efforts.

Interns here gain hands-on conservation experience monitoring different animal species, such as deer, dantas, tapirs, snakes and wild cats, as well as gathering data from research cameras and tracking various bird and insect species. You can also expect to maintain trails, organic gardens and butterfly farms, as well as helping put on informational workshops for the public.

“I feel more knowledgeable now that I have worked in this incredibly unique ecosystem, working to ensure that others can enjoy this natural marvel is also inspiring for my own interests. I intend to use this experience as a part of my university application, in particular, using the conservation internship placement as a case study for sustainable tourism.” - James Wright, Hong Kong

3. Marine Ecology Remote Internship out of Greece

Marine Ecology Remote Internship out of Greece

Gain real world ecology experience from your laptop by working alongside experienced marine conservationists and scientists in a non-profit NGO out of Greece. As a remote intern, you’ll help analyze and interpret environmental data, which can then be used to inform local conservation and environmental management activities.

Tasks typically include the assessment of Blue Carbon in Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows, determining the presence of invasive species, assessing the rate of re-establishment on an artificial reef, identifying fish biodiversity and more. These projects are integral to preserving the native biosphere alongside local communities.

4. Environmental Science Internship in New Zealand

Environmental Science Internship in New Zealand

Immerse yourself in this nature lover’s paradise lined with rugged beaches, dormant volcanoes and green bush on a diverse Environmental Science internship. From laboratory analysis and research to campaigning against environmental degradation, there is a broad scope of opportunity which can be tailored to your area of interest.

As an intern, you can get involved in environmental data collection, analysis and reporting to support local conservation work, collaboration to assist and create research projects and engagement with local communities to address environmental issues and share knowledge. These activities are key to preserving the natural beauty of New Zealand and its rich biodiversity.

5. Environmental Law Remote Internship out of Greece

Environmental Law Remote Internship out of Greece

Join a highly respected marine conservation NGO and work alongside environmental researchers on key protection issues, gaining exposure to real-world application of the use of environmental law - all from the comfort of your home!

Remote interns assist with writing reports, preparation of legal documents and creating content for websites to raise public awareness. This material is pivotal to the success of the organization’s conservation efforts as it is used to develop strategies in responses to environmental crimes, such as illegal trade of endangered species, uncontrolled use of ammunition, as well as maritime, pollution and fishery incidents.

6. Reserve Management Internship in South Africa

Reserve Management Internship in South Africa

Help preserve the home of endangered African wildlife in Kruger National Park with regular sightings of lions, hippo, elephant, buffalo and giraffe roaming free. This program directly benefits conservation, as the income generated funds Monitoring and Biodiversity Surveys in the region.

Interns assist with data collection on camera trapping stations and the Cybertracker GIS project, as well as biodiversity survey sampling sites. You’ll also get involved in erosion control measures, road maintenance, bush clearing and more to help conserve the environment that provides a home to these wonderful animals.

“The personal gain of this internship has been my development into a more confident and committed human being. My greatest achievement of all during this internship has been the successful completion of the leopard identification project that I undertook. This will be an asset to the conservation work but is also an asset to my own future as a career conservationist.” - Tumpa Saha, India.

How can I get started?

Our step-by-step guide on how it works provides you with more information on how to get started. The process is user friendly and there are two options you can take to get the ball rolling.

  1. If you’re unsure of which internship program is right for you, you can simply check availability to submit an enquiry which will help us to point you in the right direction. If you want to chat over the phone, you can also find our full contact information here.

  2. If you already have an idea of what you want to do, and when you want to do it, you can submit your application. It doesn’t cost anything and won’t take more than 5 minutes. However, your formal expression of interest provides the foundation for us to help you take the next steps.


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