Gain a unique experience on this marine conservation internship in Greece. Spend some time on a research vessel and work at a top research center alongside qualified scientists.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided. Click here to view the remote version of this internship you can undertake from home.
The Aegean Marine Science & Island Conservation internship program in Greece is primarily based on the small island of Lipsi, where a multi-functional research base is situated. Interns collaborate to assist the ongoing research projects which are led by dedicated Marine Ecology and Marine Mammal Research & Conservation teams. (Internships within these two fields are also available remotely - to learn more about contributing as a virtual intern, gain insight here and here.
The nature of activities that interns are involved with varies depending upon seasonality, as all internship activities are subject to weather conditions. Conservation and research priorities vary throughout the year. However, the key fields of action relate to:
- Marine Ecology (i.e. invasive species analysis, assessing seagrass habitats, assessing blue carbon in seagrass meadows, artificial reef assessment etc)
- Marine Mammals (i.e. photo identification, assessing pod structures, population monitoring, bioacoustics etc)
- Terrestrial Conservation (i.e. monitoring biodiversity, flora and fauna studies etc)
- Laboratory Research (i.e. water, soil, and microplastic analysis)
- Law and Policy (i.e. IUU fisheries, marine protection areas, protection of habitats against destructive fishing practices etc)
- GIS & Remote Sensing (i.e. mapping of seagrass meadows, mapping of coralligenous reefs etc) Environmental Education (i.e. conservation and sustainable teaching etc)
It is important to note that this internship requires a lot of self-motivation and self-guided work. There is a large intern-to-supervisor ratio, so interns should come prepared with what they want to study and work on, as well as specific questions in order to achieve your goals. It will greatly enhance your participation to take initiative and proactively ask for help from the supervisors when required.
Bear in mind that short term interns (those joining for less than six weeks) should expect an introductory experience. This typically involves gaining an understanding of the Marine Institute and how it operates to advance research and conservation, while also learning basic research principles and methodologies (for example, learning species ID, completing tests that will allow you to join surveys, proposal writing, literature review, GIS and remote sensing related activities, etc).
The Marine Institute of Conservation which hosts interns for this program routinely works with students from all over the world (especially European universities) who are working independently to lead academic research projects. In many cases, these participants may be on site for extended durations of up to 6 to 12 months. Such student interns may take on specialist roles and assist others in contributing to ongoing projects in focus areas. Therefore, short term interns should come prepared to collaborate constructively with established teams which operate with student-led direction and leadership, outside of the broader supervisory network. For example, learn more about how a student focused on the conservation of Posidonia oceanica seagrass here.
Interns are always encouraged to commit to longer term durations as much as possible - our affordable program fees are also designed to help facilitate and encourage this. The Institute strongly encourages interns who are prepared to come with their own research objectives and dedicate time to autonomous, self-directed study. Short term interns must come prepared to be adaptable, proactive and collaborative in nature. Activities are frequently related to practical conservation field work but are commonly accompanied by office-based tasks as well. For example, assisting with media campaigns that raise public awareness of environmental issues, etc.
Marine Science and Island Conservation interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Gathering data on marine mammals, coastal biodiversity, environmental conservation and microplastics
- Sea and land-based surveying
- Photo identification
- Anthropogenic impact studies
- Environmental law and policy
- Environmental education
- GIS and remote sensing
- Assisting media campaigns and raising awareness
- Wildlife and landscape photography
- Producing documentaries
- Graphic design and animation
Professional development opportunities:
- Practical research experience in Mediterranean marine environments
- Gain real-world understanding in a range of marine science and conservation fields
- Producing content for genuine conservation campaigns
- Enhanced practical skills and employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Full time, Monday through 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 Mediterranean
- 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 island of Lipsi (primary) and Samos (secondary - subject to availability)
Short term interns (4 - 6 weeks) should expect an introductory experience and come prepared to collaborate constructively with established teams which operate with student-led direction and leadership, outside of the broader supervisory network. Interns are always encouraged to commit to longer term durations as much as possible (8-12 weeks+). The Institute strongly encourages interns who are prepared to come with their own research objectives and dedicate time to autonomous, self-directed study.
It is important to note that 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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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
Program Fee (USD)
|4 weeks||$1,640Equivalent to $58/day|
|6 weeks||$2,145Equivalent to $51/day|
|8 weeks||$2,590Equivalent to $46/day|
|10 weeks||$3,095Equivalent to $44/day|
|12 weeks||$3,545Equivalent to $42/day|
|14 weeks||$3,480Equivalent to $35/day|
|16 weeks||$3,960Equivalent to $35/day|
|20 weeks||$4,715Equivalent to $33/day|
|24 weeks||$5,470Equivalent to $32/day|
- 24/7 in-country support
- Airport pick-up
- Program orientation
- Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
- In-country guidance for social and tourist activities
- Sourcing and securing your internship placement
- Personalization of your internship plan
- Coaching from your supervisor
- Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
- International reference letter
- Certificate of Internship Completion
- Visa (if required), flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check
- Transfer back to the airport at the end of your internship program
- Optional extras, such as language lessons
- Souvenirs and leisure activities during your free time
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as drinks, snacks, laundry, public transportation, and any meals not included in your Program Fee
- A deposit of $449 USD is required to secure your internship
- 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.
- Balance of your Program Fee is due 60 days before your internship start date.
- All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
- Terms and Conditions apply.