Gain unique experience on this marine conservation internship in Greece. Help on a research vessel with top scientists from one of the Mediterranean’s top research centers.
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 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 Mediterranean 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.
This internship is conducted in English.
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
- 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 Mediterranean marine environments
- Get understanding in a range of marine science and conservation fields
- Producing content for genuine conservation campaigns
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- 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 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 islands of Samos and Lipsi
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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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.
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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.