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.

Associated career paths: Environmental Scientist (Policy/Planning/Law), Environmental Impact Assessment Specialist, Research Scientist, Ecologist, Biologist, Ranger, Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, Climatologist, Eco-Tourism Guide, Marine Oceanographer, Diving Instructor.

Internship details

Marine Ecology remote internships out of Greece are hosted by a highly respected non-profit NGO that uses scientific research to inform marine conservation work in the area. Remote interns aid the NGO by helping to analyze and interpret environmental data, which is being collected during surveys conducted in the spring, summer and autumn of 2020. Interns can assist research in a number of areas, including:

Assessing blue carbon in seagrass meadows

Blue carbon is the amount of carbon that’s sequestered in a marine environment. Seagrass is one of the biggest sources of carbon sequestration on the planet, exceeding even the rate of rainforests. For this reason, preserving seagrass meadows is an important conservation priority.

Remote marine ecology interns assist monitoring of carbon sequestering to determine the productivity of seagrass meadows in different circumstances, helping to maximize efficiency and contributing to conservation techniques. Interns can also help to assess data from different seasons, measuring the effect of oxygen, temperature and light levels on sequestering rates.

Assessing seagrass habitats

Assessment of Blue Carbon in Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows

Another important function of seagrass is as a habitat for a wide range of fish and macroinvertebrates. Seagrass meadows are highly successful nurseries for many different species, and research into these species gives valuable feedback on the richness of seagrass meadows. This is especially relevant for replanted meadows, as research helps to monitor how species establish themselves in new habitats.

Remote interns help to analyze video footage of new and existing seagrass meadows to inform research on species density and behavior. This research gives revealing insight into the health of individual meadows over time.

Invasive species analysis

Invasive species that spread throughout the Mediterranean can impact marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. However, there is relatively little information to provide insight into the ongoing spread and impact of invasive species.

Determining the presence and abundance of invasive species

Online marine ecology interns help to analyze film footage to identify and quantify invasive species in different habitats, contributing to action plans that mitigate the effects of foreign marine life. Information is used on an official scientific database that monitors the spread of invasive species all around the Mediterrenean.

Artificial reef assessment

Artificial reefs play an important role in supporting populations of marine life that rely on natural reef habitats, which are in decline. Scientists are at an early stage of assessing the success of artificial reef establishment, and marine ecology interns help this analysis by monitoring video footage to determine the success of species populations in these environments.

This is valuable research contributing to a potentially exciting solution for reef deterioration, which is a pressing marine conservation concern all around the world.

Monitoring biodiversity

Monitoring fish biodiversity is an important way for assessing the quality of different habitats. There are many ways to do this, such as through snorkel surveys, underwater drones, or underwater cameras.

Monitoring the success of Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows as a habitat for fish and macroinvertebrates

Remote marine ecology interns can be involved with analyzing footage collected through various means, to gather data on population density. Interns can also compare data from different collection methods to help to determine which is most efficient and accurate.

Click here to check out the intern abroad equivalent of this remote internship. Note that remote internships can be coupled with data collection on site, which interns can pick up at a future date, if you wish to complete your experience by interning abroad.

Professional development opportunities:
  • Experience analyzing video footage to gather data
  • Interns gain skills identifying different marine species and labelling behavior
  • Experience how research informs conservation techniques
Typical schedule:
  • As a remote intern, you’ll have the flexibility to work to a schedule that suits both you and your supervisor. Your schedule will need to accommodate online meetings with your supervisor when it’s required, so there will be times where you’ll need to be available during office hours in Greece.
Internship highlights:
  • Contribute to a range of marine research projects
  • Get a genuine understanding of the health of Mediterrenean marine environments
  • Understand how different habitats impact different life forms
Types of host organizations:
  • NGOs involved in marine ecology research

Intern review: Max Schultz - Colorado, USA

"I am a remote intern for a Marine Institute of Conservation, which is based out of Greece. I am assisting with research on dolphin interactions within a pod, using photo identification techniques to analyze which dolphins associate with which other dolphins the most. We will be analyzing the dolphins’ dorsal fins to determine which dolphins are which. The organization I work for does both rehabilitation/conservation as well as independent research. My project is associated with the independent research side and will help the group to better understand the populations of dolphins they are trying to protect. This role will contribute as a good starting experience for my future plans of building a professional career in this field. I am learning a lot about the “behind the scenes” of being a marine scientist, in terms of the actual data collection and analysis, which I am finding increasingly interesting."

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