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Summer internships abroad

As more and more higher education institutions and academic departments are adding a completed internship to their graduation requirements, more college students are feeling the pressure to find time to fit them in. Luckily, summer is the perfect time to complete the requirement and (while you’re at it) have an excellent adventure. 

So how do you get a summer internship? Easy. GVI offers summer internship programs abroad that are perfect for high school or college students looking to add a practical skills component to their studies, meet new people, and who knows – maybe even change the world a little.

These summer internship opportunities fit perfectly into any full-time student’s schedule and offer ample opportunity to experience and explore some of the world’s top travel destinations.

Critical science

Critical science

You'll contribute to vital conservation research targeted at protecting the earth's most valuable ecosystems.
Ethical engagement

Ethical engagement

Using the UN's SDGs as a framework, we've made a commitment to positive, constructive and sustainable impact.
Beautiful adventures

Beautiful adventures

You'll spend your days exploring some of the world's most breathtaking, exhilarating and remote wildernesses.

What are summer internships abroad all about?


GVI has some of the best summer internships available in several countries around the world. Each is designed to be an awesome work and learning experience where you’ll get to perfect your technical expertise and develop teamwork as well as leadership skills. Housing and three meals will be provided and you’ll be free on the weekends to explore your new surroundings. GVI internships run throughout the year, including the summer months, either for a short 12 weeks or a longer term of 24. Students who have successfully concluded their internship will earn a certificate of completion as well as a signed letter of recommendation.

Summer internships for high school students

All of our volunteer abroad programs for teens can be converted into internships. High schoolers who choose the internship option will not only be engaged in fieldwork but will also complete a leadership course and we’ll connect them with a mentor on base who will discuss their progress with them every week. 

Summer internships for college students

All our internships are available for college-aged students at any level, from college freshmen to those who are in graduate school. Although most of our programs are created to allow those with very little specific experience to join, if you already have a specialised set of skills and technical knowledge our internships will give you the chance to test your expertise in the field.

Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join one of our conservation research summer internships. Aspiring environmental scientists will find a home at one of our remote conservation bases in South Africa, Costa Rica, the Seychelles, Fiji, Greece, Mexico or Thailand

If wildlife or animal science is your speciality, might we suggest our South African wildlife internship where you’ll get to work with park rangers on maintaining a private reserve near the famous Kruger National Park. 

You could also learn about rainforest biodiversity in Costa Rica’s Tortuguero park or reintegrating animals back into the wild in Thailand

For those with an interest in coastal and island conservation, travel to our bases in the Seychelles, Greece or Thailand to complete your research project.  

Our marine science internships in Fiji, the Seychelles and Mexico will provide you not only with experience surveying underwater environments but you’ll also earn your PADI Divemaster while you’re at it. On each of these marine projects you can participate in reef conservation research and participate in preservation efforts.

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