If you’re passionate about marine conservation and diving - or if you’ve always wanted to learn - this is the opportunity for you! Learn about Indian Ocean Reef Conservation, gain marine ecology training and scuba experience in one of the world’s prime marine habitats.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
Sodwana Bay is South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, with world-renowned dive sites and coral reefs. It’s home to some of the world’s most diverse fish communities, including turtles, manta rays and sharks, and is a main highway on the seasonal migration routes of humpback whales. It’s also the base for this Marine Biology and Reef Conservation internship, where interns assist with a wide range of marine conservation and research tasks.
The exact nature of marine biology internships will change with different seasons. However, general activities include underwater scuba surveys, collecting data on the population of species such as turtles, manta rays and sharks, species photography, and data entry into global or regional databases.
Interns are based in a marine camp, where you’ll learn and utilize scuba diving skills to aid research into the health of the marine ecosystem and effectiveness of reef conservation methods in the area. Those without scuba training can get certifications, and advanced and specialty courses are also available. The internship endeavors to include 20 dives per month, or 10 dives every two weeks, however this is subject to weather conditions.
You’ll help to use underwater cameras, adding to photographic databases and helping species identification. Interns can learn a range of data collection methods, using various techniques to contribute to databases of fish, coral and invertebrates. Monitoring populations, densities, locations and behaviour of different species helps to provide feedback on the health of the marine environment and the effectiveness of conservation strategies.
Not only does your internship offer incredible opportunities to enjoy your unique natural surroundings, but you’ll have plenty of spare time to explore too. No trip to South Africa is complete without doing a safari, and you’ll be able to glimpse incredible wildlife up close in an ethical, responsible way. Internships in South Africa are perfect for nature-lovers, or anyone looking for a digital detox.
This internship is conducted in English.
Marine biology interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Scuba surveys
- Collecting population data for turtles, manta ray or sharks
- Underwater photography
- Research data entry
- Different data collection techniques for different marine species
- Providing feedback on different conservation techniques
Professional development opportunities:
- Learn to scuba dive or upskill your certification
- Gain experience and understanding about one of the world’s best and most diverse marine environments
- Learn and use practical research techniques
- Gain scuba diving abilities for research purposes
- Gain experience working with underwater cameras
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence
- Internship activities are usually full time (up to 8 hours a day), though this is subject to weather and seasonal conditions. You’ll be expected to assist 5 days a week most weeks, but some weekend activities may sometimes be available. Your schedule will be arranged with your supervisor.
- Regular scuba diving in a world-renowned dive site
- Encounters with a wide range of marine life, which can include whale, turtle and manta ray sightings
- Get real understanding about conservation efforts in a rich marine environment
Types of host organizations:
- Marine research camp
Keen to get started?
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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.