Based at the Gondwana Game Reserve, a leading conservation reserve in central South Africa, interns will learn how to use GIS software, collect GIS data on the ground, and apply data and skills to solve real-world African conservation issues. Develop essential transferable skills with leading open-source software QGIS.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
The GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation internship consists of three components:
The GIS internship requires interns to spend time familiarizing themselves with GIS prior to the internship. It’s important to be familiar with GIS mapping before arriving on-site, and you’ll need to know and understand basic concepts such as vector, raster, attribute, and projection. A basic overview of map elements is also expected. An online introduction to GIS will be provided once you have confirmed your participation, which usually takes between 1-5 hours to complete, depending on your existing level of proficiency.
Once you have arrived at the Gondwana Game Reserve, you will assist with field studies to gain data collection experience. Data collection activities may be related to biodiversity surveys, game transects, vegetation surveys, bird-point counts, camera trap servicing, and various other common conservation issues in Africa.
Your primary focus as an intern will be on completing the first ten modules of the official QGIS training manual (provided to you, once you have confirmed your participation). This is done at your own pace, in between optional field session activities. The modules within the QGIS training manual are accompanied by follow-along lessons using tutorial data.
Your supervisor during the internship in South Africa will provide support, but the onus is on you as an intern to find your own solutions, as this really is the best way to learn GIS! In addition to regular field work activities, interns are also required to collect your own spatial attribute data on surveys.
The third component of the GIS internship is related to assisting a real-world GIS conservation project. You’ll combine your own field data with spatial data held at the reserve to answer important conservation questions and complete a project. This provides useful data for the conservation programme, while also providing you with real-world fieldwork research experience.
Interns submit solutions to their supervisor at the conclusion of their internship, for review and feedback. This activity also earns you a relevant certificate of completion, outlining the skills you’ve learned, the types of data you’ve manipulated, and the experience you’ve gained.
GIS and environemtnal conservation interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Using and learning GIS mapping techniques
- Data collection for field research
- Assisting surveys, transects, camera trapping, and conservation issues
- Completing training in QGIS
- Collecting spatial attribute data
- Carrying out your own research project in conservation or other issues
Professional development opportunities:
- Practical application of a range of GIS mapping techniques
- Experience gathering and interpreting data on a South African game reserve
- Undertaking a research project based on collected and supplied data
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence
- Mostly full-time Monday to Friday, depending on weather, season and research requirements. Interns may be required to assist research outside normal work hours or on weekends on arrangement.
- Real life experience using mapping techniques
- Time spent conducting research on an operational game reserve
- Completing a research project with genuine conservation benefits
Types of host organizations:
- Gondwana Game Reserve in South Africa
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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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Please note that program fees for all South Africa Environmental internships include return transportation to the airport. This transportation service is scheduled on specific dates and times. To ensure the schedule works for you, check with your Internships Manager for details before booking your departure flights.