Since 1997, Global Vision International (GVI) has provided volunteer programs and internships abroad for travelers who’d like to visit Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Pacific. GVI’s internship programs are excellent for students who wish to learn more about their degree program and career path, and include:
- GVI’s Leadership Training Course
- All necessary field training and equipment
- Weekly one-on-one staff mentoring sessions
- Professional recommendation
- Opportunity to work with GVI or selected partner organizations after successfully completing your internship
Right now, GVI is offering many different internships for those studying marine biology and conservation, with professional PADI dive training included on Divemaster Internships, Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Master Scuba Diver Trainer course (MSDT). Through GVI’s marine conservation internships, you’ll gain practical experience leading a specific ocean or marine life research project, comprehensive field training and evaluations, increased knowledge of the ocean’s ecosystem, experience in policy-making, and much more.
On GVI’s Marine Conservation and PADI Divemaster Internship, you’ll travel to the Lomaiviti Island Group of Fiji to work with local sustainable management initiatives and collect data that will help develop community-managed Marine Protected Areas. It can be difficult to find coral reef internships, so this is a unique opportunity. For the first 12 weeks of your internship, you’ll take on an extensive training program with a GVI research team, who will work with you to compile research on the coral reef and fish species while teaching you about the marine ecosystem. You’ll go on one or two dives or snorkeling expeditions each day, five days per week, where you will conduct underwater surveys, map coral reef and mangrove habitats, learn about identification techniques, and much more.
After that, you’ll complete a PADI Divemaster course over another three months while helping with daily operations of a local dive center. During your free time, you can take side trips to see dolphins at Moon Reef, stay at an island resort, and visit the capital city of Suva. Learn more and sign up here!
Marine conservation internships are filled with adventures, and this opportunity is no exception. With this internship, you’ll visit the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico to contribute to local marine conservation projects. As an intern, you’ll start with an extensive training program to test and improve your diving skills and build your knowledge of the marine ecosystem. You also will work with a team to compile vital research on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, its fish species, and seasonal turtle nesting habits.
Each day, you can expect to work at a research dive site, take part in a training session at the base, help with community development work, or assist with beach cleanup or bird surveys followed by an evening debrief. Throughout your internship, you will be able to specialize either in fish or coral research techniques, where you’ll learn identification practices, how to take measurements underwater, and much more. During your free time, you can take side trips to go snorkeling, diving, hiking, or other adventure activities. Learn more and apply here!
On this internship, you will go scuba diving in the Indian Ocean while learning about and contributing to marine conservation efforts. During your stay, you will learn about professional survey techniques for underwater data collection on fish or coral – you will gain experience in taking underwater measurements, identifying different species, and much more. To round out your internship in the Seychelles, you will complete weekly assessments with a mentor and even take a leadership course to help you lead teams and support logistics in your career path. This internship lasts six to 12 weeks, and starts at $5,600 – learn more and apply here!
Another adventurous internship to check out through GVI brings you to Africa and Asia, where you will earn your PADI Divemaster certification and gain valuable career experience in marine conservation. For the first 12 weeks of your internship, you will stay at the GVI base in the Seychelles, where you will gain your Divemaster qualification and conduct underwater surveys, complete training sessions, assist with marine debris surveys and removal, and much more. After that, you will embark on a work placement off the coast of Thailand, where you can help run a dive center, including client relations, crewing on dive boats, and much more. This six-month internship costs $10,250 – learn more and register here!