Gain unique experience on this marine conservation internship in Greece. Help on a research vessel with top scientists from one of the Mediterrenean’s top research centers.
The Aegean Marine Science and Island Conservation internship is a top-rated marine conservation internship in Greece. Interns are placed with multi-functional research bases on Samos Island and Lipsi Island, and spend time on a research vessel helping to gather data on rotating fields, including marine mammals, coastal biodiversity, environmental conservation, microplastic research.
Research boats serve as important mobile platforms for research and conservation work on smaller Mediterrenean islands such as Ikaria and Leros, and enable interns to gain valuable insight into environmental law and policy, boat and land-based surveying, bioacoustics, photo identification, and anthropogenic impact studies. Interns are supervised by experienced marine scientists and conservationists, who provide instruction and guidance into proper methodologies.
Practical conservation field work is also accompanied by office-based tasks, assisting media campaigns that raise public awareness of environmental issues. Interns can be expected to contribute with wildlife and landscape photography, producing documentaries, or graphic and animation design for conservation. Interns may request a focus on campaign-related tasks, though this is subject to availability.
Short term Marine Science and Island Conservation interns (those joining for less than six weeks) will be focused on prescribed research areas, while those interning for more than six weeks can have more ability for autonomous, self-directed study. All internship activities are subject to weather conditions.
Marine Science and Island Conservation interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Gathering data on marine mammls, coastal biodiversity, environmental conservation and microplastics
- Environmental law and policy
- Sea and land-based surveying
- Photo identification
- Anthropogenic impact studies
- Assisting media campaigns and awareness
- Wildlife and landscape photography
- Producing documentaries
- Graphic design and animation
Professional development opportunities:
- Practical research experience in Mediterrenean marine environments
- Get understanding in a range of marine science and conservation fields
- Producing content for genuine conservation campaigns
- Full time, Monday - Friday. Schedules can vary based on weather conditions and seasonal projects.
- Experience in a diverse and stunning marine environment around the Greek islands
- Conducting remote studies from a research vessel in the Mediterrenean
- Supervision and guidance from experienced marine scientists and conservationists
- Opportunities for independent research for longer term interns
Types of host organizations:
- Research bases on the Greek islands of Samos and Lipsi
|“Best decision I’ve ever made! The placement supervisors were great and had an awesome sense of humor and being surrounded by a new culture was a great experience. This internship led directly to a job just two weeks after my internship! I strongly recommend anyone to participate in this program!.” - Kevin Herrell, USA|
Interns who join for a duration of 3 to 6 weeks will primarily be focused on the field course activities and rotate across focus areas accordingly. However, interns who commit to longer durations (such as up to 8 or 12 weeks, or longer) are expected to gain increased understanding and initiative during the internship, enabling them to become more proactive. Long term interns are therefore expected to establish and develop their area of focus over time to work more independently. This may include self-directed research project time (to do more analysis, spend more time in the laboratory, creation of media contact, photo identification work of marine mammals, etc), working with supervisors as colleagues to assist with research projects, taking on a team-leader role to assist with short-term interns, and helping with the ongoing operations of the Marine Conservation Institute. Priorities can vary depending on the season and changing projects.
It is important to note that the rotating weekly schedules for all conservation work is subject to change due to weather conditions and seasonality. Conservation operations run year-round although a flexible mentality is required if weekly activities need to be rearranged due to weather events. The best time of year to visit for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid September. The colder months are from late November through late March. The coldest day of the year is typically recorded in February and the wetter season lasts from early November through early April.
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Note that internships in Greece are provided through an organization which is accredited to run projects under Erasmus+ Volunteering and the European Solidarity Corps. European students are encouraged to speak with their university Erasmus office regarding funding and grants for this internship.
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges. International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of US$75.
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What extra costs will I have?
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program.
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, and public transportation. Interns generally find US$30 per week to be sufficient.