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Greece Internship

Intern Abroad HQ offers flexible internships in Greece, which are available beginning on the first and third Monday of every month. All internship opportunities in Greece are environmentally focused; however, the range of options are diverse and cover a variety of fields and rewarding career-paths.

Internships in Greece take place on Samos Island but can also include time spent on research vessels and surrounding islands, such as Ikaria, Lipsi and Leros. Located within the Mediterranean, the Aegean Sea has a rich history and precious ecosystem, where interns lend their valuable assistance to ongoing scientific research and conservation efforts.

Apart from stunning landscapes and beaches, Samos has a very rich cultural and maritime history, offering something new to explore with every step. The island is home to the Pythagoreion UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Pythagoras, Epicurus and the astronomer Aristarchus of Samos.

Interns should come prepared to work both independently and cooperatively, as part of a dynamic, multicultural team. Excellent organizational and time-management skills are required, as interns have the opportunity to contribute ideas, create projects, practice research and fieldwork skills.

At a glance...

    • Entry level programs from 4 weeks
    • Two start dates per month
    • Intern fees from US$1125
    • Reflective learning course
    • 24/7 in-country support
    • 8 diverse internship options
    • Guesthouse accommodation

Projects

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Aegean Marine Conservation
Aegean Marine Conservation Internship in Greece

With over 18,000 km of coastline and one of the largest fishing fleets in Europe, the monitoring of marine activities in Greece is not a simple task. The Aegean Sea supports exceptional biodiversity, including rare and protected habitats and species. Come willing to learn in one of the world’s most beautiful regions.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: At least one year of college/university study in the fields of marine, environmental, geographical and/or related sciences. Accurate and consistent data collection and analysis is required. Experience is desired in the identification of fish, invertebrates, marine flora, as well as snorkeling, freediving and/or kayaking.
Associated career paths: Marine Biologist, Oceanographer, Environmental Management, Fisheries Biologist, Biological Technician, Geographer, Microbiologist, Hydrologist, Biochemist, Environmental Scientist (Policy/Planning/Law), Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Ecologist, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Climatologist

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Marine Mammal Research and Conservation
Environmental Conservation

The eastern Aegean region is home to a large number of marine mammals which are classified either as at risk or data deficient. This habitat is in desperate need of protection, as it is subjected to a wide range of anthropogenic threats. Gain experience and learn about the scientific processes being undertaken to protect vulnerable species in the Mediterranean!

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: At least one year of college/university study in the fields of marine, ecological, environmental sciences and/or veterinary science.
Associated career paths: Marine Biologist, Oceanographer, Environmental Management, Fisheries Biologist, Biological Technician, Geographer, Microbiologist, Hydrologist, Biochemist, Environmental Scientist (Policy/Planning/Law), Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Ecologist, Climatologist

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Terrestrial Conservation
Environmental Conservation

The Greek Islands of the eastern Aegean are home to a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Thick pine forests, dense oak woods, freshwater ecosystems, and green riparian valleys can be found, alongside garrigue and maquis vegetation. Explore your passion for the environment, where the European continent meets the Asian!

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: At least one year of college/university study in the fields of environmental, ecological, zoological and/or related sciences. Helpful experience includes knowledge of terrestrial mammal behaviour and identification of common plant, bird, and amphibian/lizard species.
Associated career paths: Environmental Scientist (Policy/Planning/Law), Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Research Scientist, Ecologist, Biologist, Geologist, Ranger, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Soil and Plant Scientist, Climatologist, Eco-Tourism Guide, Marine Oceanographer

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Environmental Law
Environmental Conservation

The dynamic nature of conservation work requires an understanding of national and international laws and policies, to combat environmental violations and ensure effective resource management and protection. If you have a passion for helping the environment through legal work, this is an opportunity to seize.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: At least one year of college/university study in environmental law or a related field.
Associated career paths: Environmental Lawyer, Environmental Scientist (Policy/Planning/Law), Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Data & Research Scientist, Public Involvement Specialist, Environmental Educator, Transportation Modeling Specialist

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GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation
Environmental Conservation

Geo-information helps to provide essential information when addressing complex issues concerning environmental conservation. Come prepared to gain real-world experience, while making a valuable difference for diverse conservation efforts.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: At least one year of college/university study in the fields of marine, environmental, geographical and/or related sciences. Interns must have proven experience with ESRI ArcGIS software package or other geoanalytic software (e.g. QGIS, SAGA, GRASS). Proven experience with remote sensing software packages is also desirable (e.g. SNAP, ErDAS, ENVI, BEAM, eCognition).
Associated career paths: GIS Analyst / Technician/ Coordinator, Cartographer and Photogrammetrist, GIS Programmer and Software Developer, Geographer, Surveying and Mapping Technician, Oceanographer, Geoscientist, Environmental Biologist, Environmental Engineer, Seismologist

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Laboratory Research & Microplastics
Environmental Conservation

Harmful marine debris is everywhere in our seas, in the form of large or small fragments or as microplastics fibers. Assist with studies that aim to detect and analyze potential sources of pollution harmful for marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: At least one year of college/university study in the fields of marine, environmental, chemical and/or related sciences. Interns should have experience in the use of laboratory equipment (e.g. filtrations systems, microscopes, etc). Experience in snorkeling and/or kayaking is beneficial.
Associated career paths: Mammalogist, Oceanographer, Environmental / Fisheries Biologist, Microbiologist, Hydrologist, Environmental Scientist / Engineer (Policy/Planning/Law), Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Ecologist, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Climatologist, Lobbyist

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Media, Communications & Public Relations
Environmental Conservation

Research projects and conservation efforts can be successful only if they are known, understood and believed in by the local communities and the wider public. Interns with a creative flair use their unique talents to ensure that efforts are publicized and understood by the wider community in real time.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: This internship field is multi-faceted, with scope to accept interns with experience in Scientific Illustration of Flora and Fauna, Wildlife and Landscape Photography, Nature Video / Film Production, Graphic and Animation Design for Conservation, Media and Public Relations. All interns should have at least one year of college/university study related to their field of art or science.
Associated career paths: Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, NGO Administrator, Marketer, Filmmaker, Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Writer, Media Coordinator, Public Relations Consultant, Scientific Illustrator / Animator, Photojournalist, Web Designer, Foundation/Campaign Manager

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Environmental Education
Environmental Education

Environmental Education is the biggest investment that can be made to ensure critical thinking and environmental awareness among the younger generation. If you have a passion for taking leadership on education projects and a strong desire to work towards conservation efforts, this internship is for you.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: At least one year of college/university study in the fields of environmental sciences and/or education.
Associated career paths: Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Environmental Educator, NGO Administrator, Marketer, Policy Planner, Public Relations Consultant, Lobbyist, Oceanographer, Environmental Biologist

All Intern Abroad HQ programs include a guided reflection course, which combines personal development with professional competency building. Interns receive weekly reflection modules to complete during their program, which foster the acquisition of essential soft skills for employability and a resilient career. Each reflective journaling task introduces a new topic, presents learning objectives, and provides specific prompts that inspire and guide the learning process.

Intern Abroad HQ does not award grades for the completion of our internship programs, but interns can be supported to independently arrange academic credit through their home educational provider. Upon completion of the internship duration and reflection course, interns receive a portfolio as documentation of their experience. This includes a certificate of internship completion, alongside a summary of the internship goals, skill development, highlights, and a compilation of the reflection work.

Internships in Greece typically begin on the first and third Monday of each month. (Exceptions may be made to this when start dates are shifted to avoid public holiday disruptions or closed when the program has already reached capacity). Interns may choose to spend a minimum of 4 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks. Airport pick up and accommodation are included in the Program Fee and the accommodation is covered from the Monday start date - interns are required to arrive no later than their Monday start date. All participants fly into the Samos International Airport (SMI) in order to be picked up and transported to the accommodation. Please note that all participants are advised not to book flights until they have first registered to confirm their internship placement. Once interns have arrived on their Monday start date, a short orientation of the base, as well as basic guidelines, is provided. Afterward, there is free time to get settled in and rest. Full orientation will take place the following day, Tuesday, between 9 - 10 a.m.

The main accommodation site and base is located on Samos Island; however, interns may occasionally spend time at other program bases on the surrounding islands of Ikaria, Lipsi and Leros. All interns are accommodated very close to their base - either at the base itself, in dormitories, or within very close walking distance to the base (in guest houses). Interns should expect to share a room with 2 - 6 other program participants, of the same gender. Bathrooms are shared. Living is comfortable and home-stays offer electricity, running water and western bathrooms. However, it’s important to note that showers are heated by solar power, so they are warm but not piping hot (hot water is available at certain times throughout the day - during the day and early evening). There is no air-conditioning in the rooms, but they have fans. Wifi is available but the speed can often be slow during busy periods. Wifi is also very easily accessed in towns, with just about every cafe and restaurant offering connection to customers.

Internships in Greece include three meals per day, served at the accommodation/base. The style of food is typically Greek and dishes are simple, including dishes such as pastas, salads, legumes, seasonal fruit and vegetables. Please be sure to let us know of any specific dietary requirements that you have in advance, so that we may ensure your hosts are aware and make recommendations accordingly.

My primary goals for this internship were to gain more experience working in the field, learn more about the Mediterranean climate and fauna. I would say that I definitely learned more about the Mediterranean fauna and the marine mammals. I also learned a lot about the water quality of Samos and how this related to the water quality standards put in place by local government and the EU.During my internship in Greece, I worked with the Microplastics team to quantify the number of microplastics found in bottled drinking water and the public water system. We also conducted a chemical analysis on water collected from the public water systems. With the Marine Conservation team, I worked with the artificial reef team to assess the biodiversity of fish found around the artificial reef and control sites. With the Terrestrial Conservation team, I worked with the golden jackal (Canis aureus) project studying their diet through scat analysis. My recommendations for future interns are to come into this program with an open mind and a willingness to learn and try new things. Ask questions always, whether it be about projects or the local community - there is always room to learn new things!
Sheldin Wilks
Nationality: Michigan, USA
Age: 20
Destination: Greece

Internship Period Program Fee (USD)
4 weeks $1125
6 weeks $1585
8 weeks $2045
10 weeks $2276
12 weeks $2506
14 weeks $2889
16 weeks $3273
20 weeks $4040
24 weeks $4807
  • To convert these prices to your local currency visit the XE currency converter.
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply

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.

Registration fee

What it covers
  • Dedicated intern support
  • Comprehensive internship guide
  • Reflection learning course
  • Pre-departure interview
  • Personal impact assessment
  • Flight and travel insurance deals

Program fee

What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Internship placement
  • Learning support service
  • Accommodation & meals

During the internship, Greek Lessons are provided at no additional cost, so interns can brush up on local language skills. Diving courses can also be signed up for locally (second-hand snorkelling and diving equipment is available to rent or buy from the local dive center). Spare time during the weekends is available to relax, explore Samos, or even check out other Greek Islands. There are no shortage of things to see and do, as the region has ample scenery, tourism attractions, culture and history.

In ancient times, Samos was said to be the most important city in the world, due to it’s location at the crossroads of sea routes connecting Greece with East Asia and Africa. Ancient structures remain alongside more modern infrastructure, reminding residents of the island’s important past as a commercial, financial and intellectual hub.

The Archaeological Museum of Pythagorion, built in the center of Samos beside an important archaeological site, hosts approximately 3,000 exhibits. Make sure you spend some time taking in the precious antiquities on display, to gain an appreciation of the area’s colorful history from the 5th millennium BC to the 7th c. AD. While you’re brushing up on your history, also visit the Archaeological Museum of Samos, where priceless treasures are on display, that were once brought by pilgrims to the sanctuary of Hera. The Heraion on Samos was one of ancient Greece’s most important sanctuaries, although the impressive temple was apparently never completed.

If you’ve an interest in engineering, don’t miss checking out the Eupalinian Tunnel, which was part of the island’s ancient water-supply system. Construction of the opening of the tunnel began simultaneously on both sides of the mountain, and the two independent crews of stone masons met in the middle, with almost no deviation from the straight line that Eupalinos had calculated - a truly astonishing feat.

Note that sometimes internship activities can take place over weekends, so a flexible nature is required.

Capital Athens
Population 10.75 million
Languages Greek
Currency Euro (€ - EUR)
Time zone UTC+02:00

Weather and climate: The climate of Greece is primarily Mediterranean, featuring mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. In Samos, where the program is based (an island of the Eastern Aegean Sea, a short distance from the Turkish coast), the climate also follows typical Mediterranean patterns. The summers are hot, arid, and clear; the winters are long, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. It is windy in Samos year round. The best time of year to visit for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid September. During this time, the average daily high temperature is above 84°F / 29°C. The colder months are from late November through late March, when the average daily high is below 61°F / 16°C. The coldest day of the year is typically recorded in February. The wetter season lasts from early November through early April and the drier season lasts from early April through till early November.