Intern Aboard HQ

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

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. The program requires a high level of initiative and independence, as interns have the opportunity to contribute ideas, create projects, practice research and field work skills. Internship activities take place in Samos and surrounding islands, such as Ikaria, Lipsi and Leros. Research trips can sometimes include visits to other nearby surrounding islands.

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.

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 marine habitats and species. Come prepared to enhance your knowledge in one of the world’s most beautiful oceanic regions.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Undergraduates / graduates of study related to environmental sciences, biology, ecology, chemistry etc.
Associated career paths: Marine / Fisheries Biologist, Oceanographer, Zoologist, 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 Mammals & Sea Turtle 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 excellent exposure to learn about the scientific processes being undertaken to protect vulnerable species in the Mediterranean!

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Undergraduates / graduates of study related to environmental sciences, biology, ecology, chemistry etc.
Associated career paths: Marine / Fisheries Biologist, Oceanographer, Zoologist, 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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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 passions for the environment in an extremely unique region, where the European continent meets the Asian!

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Undergraduates / graduates of study related to environmental sciences, biology, ecology, chemistry etc.
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: Undergraduates / recent graduates of 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 Mapping
Environmental Conservation

If you have experience with Geographic Information System software, such as ArcMap GIS, then this internship offers an unforgettable opportunity to gain real-world experience, while making a valuable difference for diverse conservation efforts.

Minimum Duration: 4 weeks
Eligibility Requirement: Experience with Geographic Information System software
Associated career paths: Geographic Information Systems (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: Undergraduates / graduates of study related to environmental sciences, oceanography, biology, ecology, chemistry etc. Students with a background in photography, journalism, media, and communications, may also focus on the media aspect of microplastics, related to human habits, misuse, and sustainability.
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: Undergraduates / graduates of study related to arts and media i.e. graphic design, information technology, communication, scientific illustration, animation, photography, filmmaking, marketing, etc.
Associated career paths: Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, NGO Administrator, Marketing Manager, Filmmaker, Video Editor, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Writer, Media Coordinator, Public Relations Consultant, Scientific Illustrator / Animator, Photojournalist, Multimedia Artist, Web Designer, Foundation/Campaign Manager

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.

Programs begin on the first and third Monday of every month and interns may choose to spend a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks. All participants fly into the Samos International Airport (SMI) in order to be picked up and transported to the accommodation. Orientation is given by our local hosts at their office in Pythagoreio, Samos. This covers important details concerning introductions, support, culture, customs, safety, rules and expectations, things to see and do, and more.

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, Leros and Lipsi. 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 - 5 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. 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.

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

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. During the weekend, interns have spare time to relax, enjoy Samos, or even explore other Greek Islands. Note that sometimes internship activities can take place over weekends, so a flexible nature is required. It is not uncommon for interns to rent a vehicle for weekend excursions - so be sure to bring your driver’s license if this is an option you might like to pursue during your stay.

Greek Lessons are provided to interns during their stay, at no additional cost, and the program base also has a diving center available. Long-term participants (who spend at least 3 months on the program) are welcome to speak to the local staff about discounted diving certification. These opportunities provides interns with the added value of boosting their resume further with some local language skills and environmental-focused diving training.

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.

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. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F (6°C) to 91°F (33°C). The cooler and wetter season is November through March.