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NGO Support for Marine Conservation

NGO Support for Marine Conservation

Gain real world experience and give your resume a competitive edge by supporting professional marine conservation efforts from home. As a virtual intern, you’ll collaborate to support a Marine Conservation NGO organization based in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Assist with ongoing projects related to the preservation of precious ecosystems. From content creation, awareness campaigns, community environmental education projects, research and more.

Internship Highlights:
  • Explore sustainable development initiatives within the marine tourism industry.
  • Learn and gain mentorship from experienced career scientists.
  • Develop online relationship-building skills that enable you to work and communicate with others.
  • Gain real-world conservation experience by interning remotely from home without having to travel.
Type of host organizations:
  • Non-profit NGO Marine Conservation organization
Gain academic or course credit
Everything arranged for you from $1099 (approximately 1099)
Available year-round, start when you like
Intern part-time or full-time from anywhere
Choose your duration: 100, 200 or 350 hours
Personal online orientation & coaching
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Eligibility requirements and Associated career paths
Eligibility requirement

At least one year of relevant college/university study in biology, environmental sciences, sustainability, or a related field. High School Students aged 16+ may be accepted, depending on the strength of their application.

Language requirements

This internship is conducted in English.

Associated career paths

Environmental NGO Worker, Environmental Educator, Lobbyist, Community Relations and Outreach Manager, Chief Sustainability Officer, Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator, Marketing & Public Relations Manager, Community Health Worker, Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Ecologist, Biologist, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator

Internship details

As a remote intern, you’ll contribute towards real-time marine protection efforts. Collaborate with career scientists, dedicated to the progression of marine conservation in one of Costa Rica’s most celebrated ecotourism destinations. Gain practical conservation experience, enhance your network, support local initiatives, raise awareness, and make a real difference to protect biodiverse environments and promote sustainability!

This is a remote internship you can conduct from home. Click here to view internships in Costa Rica that you can join in-person. Want to ensure you can intern in-person with the same Manuel Antonio NGO? Check out Sustainable Business & Tourism and Environmental Education.

Remote NGO Support for Marine Conservation internships are offered through a local Marine Conservation non profit organization. The primary goals of the organization are focused on protecting the local marine environment, involving the community and providing ongoing educational support in regard to these important themes. Interns are supported in their remote internship by experienced local conservationists which include qualified biologists, wildlife conservationists, and oceanographers.

Interns have broad scope to make a difference in the field of marine conservation, while also gaining insight into operations and sustainability principles. While every remote internship is different, day-to-day internship tasks can involve a range of activities related to content creation, research, development strategies, awareness campaigns, document translation (if you have Spanish language skills) and more.

If interested, there is an opportunity for interns to also incorporate tasks related to environmental education, such as workshops and presentation creation. Proactive interns with an interest in business and marketing strategy, corporate social responsibility, and passion for sustainable practice, have ample opportunity to expand their experience and skill sets.

In all cases, interns should expect that the initial phase of their remote internship will focus on gaining some introductory knowledge. You may start by gaining an understanding or overview of what you can build upon, develop, learn, and contribute. Ensure that you ask questions and provide feedback during the introductory period, so that your supervisor understands how you’re progressing. This will help them to better understand important details, such as how quickly you learn, what you find challenging, what you find interesting, etc.

Understand and expect that individual internship experiences vary. Therefore, if you’re at a more introductory level, you should reasonably expect a more introductory internship. Likewise, if you’re interning for a shorter duration, you will have a different experience from someone who is interning for a longer duration. Placement preferences are considered but always subject to availability.

Career Benefits

NGO Support for Marine Conservation interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
  • Content creation and upkeep for social media, websites, or other NGO platforms.

  • Newsletter and/or blog generation for subscribers of the NGO’s website or other media requirements.

  • Contribution to promotional and/or environmental education awareness campaigns (e.g. copywriting, videography, graphic design, editing, etc).

  • Market research to identify new opportunities and strategies for organizational growth.

  • Contribution to NGO development strategies related to grants, funding, or other income generation opportunities.

  • Assistance to workshop, presentation, or other creative content for promotion of environmental campaigns.

  • Assistance with translations.

Professional development opportunities:
  • Learn about local environmental challenges and what creative approaches can be introduced to address them on a local level.

  • Gain experience and insight related to NGO awareness campaigns and local sustainability education.

  • Explore initiatives for sustainable business and tourism development.

  • Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.

What recent interns said about their experience

Vera Mkhsian
January 2024

What I enjoyed the most about this internship was getting to research and write about the importance of marine life and why we need to protect and advocate for them for our world. Intern Abroad HQ provided absolutely amazing support and gave me all of the advice I needed.

Chloe Douros
October 2023

I most enjoyed the fact that I was permitted to have creative liberty with the curriculum that I developed for overfishing. This internship contributed toward my personal and professional development because it allowed me to work in a professional environment where I was expected to dictate my own decisions and progress.

Alissa Krausz
July 2023

I have career-aspirations in the environmental field, so this online internship allowed me to get to know the field a bit better, providing the opportunity to see how it is to work in an NGO. During this online internship I was mostly active in the areas of educational curriculum development, social media strategy development and social media posting and engagement. My advice to future interns would be to not be so nervous and just go into the experience with an open mind to be able to take away as much as possible.

Lantian Christina Ma
July 2023

I loved the various tasks I was assigned as an intern: they required a lot of reading, data collection and synthesis, but also creative input. I think the framework established by Intern Abroad HQ for this remote internship really helped me gain insight into an NGO and my supervisors really supported and motivated me. I feel that this experience would really help me excel in future career experiences.


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Program fees

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$499 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$499 deposit payment) will be due within 7 days of being assigned a placement.

Program Fee
100 hours (3 weeks full time, or 5 weeks part time) $1,099
250 hours (8 weeks full time, or 12 weeks part time) $1,499
350 hours (13 weeks full time, or 17 weeks part time) $1,799
  • Dedicated support before, during, and after your internship
  • Sourcing and securing your internship placement
  • Personalization of your internship plan
  • Orientation and coaching with your supervisor
  • Documented portfolio of your experiential learnings
  • Academic credit facilitation
  • International reference letter
  • Certificate of Internship Completion
  • A deposit of $499 (approximately 499) is required to secure your internship
  • Balance of your Program Fee is due within 7 days of being assigned a placement.
  • All payments attract a 5% transaction fee to cover international banking fees and currency charges.
  • International wire transfer payments attract a minimum fee of $75 USD.
  • Terms and Conditions apply.