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Marine Conservation

Africa | Asia | Europe | Latin America | Australasia | North America | Europe
Includes courses
In partnership with
Program Code: GVIA0713N

Overview

Most conservation organisations agree that marine species are under threat. Join a Marine Conservation Virtual Internship to kickstart your career and help solve this problem. Throughout the internship, you’ll connect with marine conservation experts and be exposed to methods and practices used to replant coral reefs, combat poaching, promote the protection of marine areas and much more. By becoming immersed in the day-to-day running of marine conservation development projects, you’ll leave equipped to secure a successful career in this field.

Project Focus Areas

Choose to complete your project work in 1 of 6 focus areas.
Alternatively, choose not to focus and complete projects in a range of areas.

OPERATIONS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
DATA ANALYSIS AND RESEARCH
MARKETING, MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS
Fundraising
Law Advocacy and Policy
Multi-focus

What you get

REAL-WORLD PROJECTS

Complete a project that solves a problem for a real organisation and add it to your resume.


A PROFESSIONAL RECOMMENDATION

Get a professional recommendation from your personal mentor that details your skills and accomplishments.


NEW, VERIFIABLE SKILLS

Learn new skills, relevant to an impact-focused profession, and apply them to real scenarios.


ENDORSED CERTIFICATE

Complete three online courses and earn a certificate from the University of Richmond.


PERSONAL MENTORSHIP

Receive support during weekly one-on-ones and career coaching sessions from your dedicated mentor.


MASTERCLASS LECTURE SERIES

Attend an immersive series of lectures delivered by leading academics, professionals and local experts.


Up To

$1025

Grants
$1025 GRANT TOWARDS A LONG-TERM, IN-COUNTRY INTERNSHIP

Book and pay your Virtual Internship Program, and receive a $1025 grant towards
an internship in any of our locations around the world.

COMPLETE REAL PROJECTS

Throughout your internship you’ll be completing one project each week that helps a local organisation solve an actual problem. Since we work with real partners, real, valuable projects will be assigned to you. This means that the types of projects you could work on will vary. We aim to match you as closely as possible with an organisation and a task that aligns with your personal career goals. See below for some of the projects you could work on during your internship.


STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF WATER TEMPERATURE

Analyse statistical data to determine whether changes in water temperature may act as an environmental cue for certain behaviours such as reproduction in marine species. The findings can then be used to predict future behaviour as ocean temperatures rise.

SPECIES INTERACTION RESEARCH PROJECT

Plan a research proposal that examines the interactions between two species within a shared habitat. Analyse camera footage to determine whether their relationship is mutually beneficial or not, and whether the continued success of one species may hinder the survival of the other.

UNSUSTAINABLE FISHING REPORT

Write a report detailing the threat that unsustainable fishing poses to biodiversity. Use a wide variety of sources, ranging from one-to-one interviews to referencing global fishing trends. The report’s purpose is to draw attention to the issue and possibly bring in funds to combat the problem.

Example of a Typical Week

CAREER PATH INSIGHT

Engage with academics, professionals and other interns by attending lectures and live chats where key topics and trends in your field of interest will be discussed.


Total time
10 hours
LOCAL IMMERSION

Gain insight into culture through a range of interactions with community members. Learn about cultural or environmental topics by attending sessions led by local experts.


Total time
4 hours
PROJECT WORK

Solve a problem or challenge for a real organisation by learning about their challenges, carrying out research, finding a solution and proposing an implementation plan.


Total time
22 hours
CAREER DEVELOPMENT

Speak to someone with your dream job and find out how they got there. Attend career development workshops. Receive career coaching and ongoing support from your mentor.


Total time
4 hours

Masterclass Series

Shark Guardian: Protecting our sharks
By Brendon Sing

Director of Shark Guardian


The Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust
By Angelique Pouponneau

CEO at the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust


The Road to Becoming a Marine Biologist
By Kaylee Smit

PhD Candidate: Marine Spatial Planning Unit at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University


An Overview of Marine Monitoring Techniques
By Stuart Laing

PhD Candidate: Alliance for Collaboration on Climate and Earth Systems Science


From Ocean to Office
By Tom Inett

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor at Dive with Tom


Coral Reefs 101
By Ann Christmas

Course Director at Go2Similan Dive School


Advocate for a plastic-free ocean | Elite endurance athlete
By Sarah Ferguson

Founder, Breathe Conservation | World Record Holder


Meet your global team

David Everett

GVI Program Director of Latin America, Indian Ocean & Europe

David Everett is the founder of the School for Life Foundation, a non-profit that supports the education of Ugandan primary school students. He’s managed social impact investment for the Nadia and Taylor Foundation, a global non-profit supporting hundreds of charities, and has received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his work. As GVI’s regional director of Africa and Europe, David manages GVI’s community development projects in these regions.


3 ONLINE COURSES INCLUDED

2 weeks before starting your virtual internship, you’ll work on our Foundations in Sustainable Development program. The includes three online courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond.


COURSE 1

– Careers In Sustainable Development

COURSE 2

– Leading Teams For Emerging Leaders

COURSE 3: One of the following

– Introduction to Community Development
– Introduction to Scientific Conservation Research

OPTIONAL EXTRA

SPECIALISATION COURSES*


 

Prices

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Durations

40 Hours
80 Hours
120 Hours
Study pace :   20 hours per week
2 Weeks
4 weeks
6 weeks
Study pace :   5 hours per week
8 Weeks
16 Weeks
24 Weeks
Price

$1995

$2545

$3095

What's Included?