Marine conservation internship in South Africa
Marine conservation internship in South Africa
Marine conservation internship in South Africa

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This environmental and sustainable development internship allows you to contribute to the protection of South Africa’s marine species. Supervised by experienced scientists, this project will teach you the different methods of data collection and analysis, working closely with these animals. This is an opportunity to gain university credits by acting positively in sustainable development, through this scientific internship in South Africa!

Master in marine sciences
Master in marine biology
Engineering school
Veterinary school
Bachelor's degree in sustainable development
DUT Biological Engineering




Intermediate English


Description of the program

Learn about the marine environment, follow practical and specialised training and have a unique experience in South Africa. This internship in the environment and sustainability includes a series of exclusive, high-level academic and field skills training modules and is designed for undergraduate and recent graduate students in marine science.

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The purpose of this environment and sustainable development internship is to inspire and train in marine research, conservation and awareness. As with all of our environmental internship programs, the South Africa Marine Conservation Project provides an opportunity to gain university credits while having a positive and lasting impact on the region's ecosystem.

Academic Teaching:

The science team has developed a series of key educational modules, focusing on a variety of marine science-based topics.


Practical Experience:

Each academic module that our trainees undertake on this environment and sustainable development course also has a practical component, which guarantees not only theoretical but also practical learning, teaching you how to apply this knowledge in the real world.


Relevant Skills:

Between ecological studies and the use of new technologies, we focus on gaining experiences that will help students advance in their careers.


The trainees have the choice between different assignments, different study and protection projects:

  • Penguins and seabirds
  • Great white sharks: study and research
  • Whales: observation


You'll work with professionals and clients in a world-class ecotourism environment, and learn all about how responsible ecotourism and conservation work hand in hand.

You will learn about the behaviour and biology of great white sharks, whales and other species found in our seas.

Each volunteer chooses on a day-to-day basis whether to participate in ecotourism (cage diving) or whale watching, and other conservation activities throughout their stay.

All of them spend most of their time at sea aboard Slashfin - the cage diving vessel - or the new research vessel Lwazi ("in search of knowledge").

2-3 presentations on conservation, research or marine safety are given each week.

This is your chance to help the Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, a world-class centre for the rehabilitation of distressed seabirds.


Depending on the needs of the centre at the time of your arrival, you can rotate between the different projects to study all aspects of marine ecosystem conservation in South Africa as part of the internship in environment and sustainable development.

Host organization

Based in Gansbaai, South Africa, we are part of a larger entity that has been operating in the region for over fifteen years.
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We use ecotourism to advance marine research and conservation goals. The overarching goal is to give people who love the marine environment a chance to immerse themselves in it, developing skills and experiences they can use to enhance their own careers and life goals.


Particularly recognised in the marine conservation community in South Africa, our partner organisation conducts numerous studies to enable environmental organisations to take measures to protect the various species.

Their impact is not limited to taking action: they also play an important role in raising awareness in the local communities, especially in schools by setting up all kinds of workshops to promote the protection of the great white shark in the country.

Finally, the host organisation runs tourist activities in parallel with the research conducted. This allows us to raise funds to finance the studies of the centre, as well as to build tourists' awareness through these eco-responsible activities.


Strong points

Identify local species
Benefit from full training
Exchange ideas with the locals
Join an international team

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