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Marine Conservation Internship

Practical information


  • Gain your PADI Advanced Open Water certificate
  • Opportunity to complete courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States
  • Earn your PADI Coral Reef Research Diver, a unique specialty offered only through completion of this program
  • Gain skills & qualifications necessary for a career in conservation
  • Live the island life

Program description

Live the island life in the Seychelles while contributing to the conservation of the marine ecosystem. 


Interns will be PADI dive trained in order to effectively complete necessary data collection on the coral reef without causing any damage. Upon completion of this internship, you will receive your PADI Advanced Open Water and the unique speciality PADI Coral Reef Researcher.


All data collected is passed on to local authorities in order that they may implement new protection policies to ensure long term survival of the marine ecosystem in the Seychelles.  You could also expect to participate in dives against debris, community outreach activities and environmental education classes. 


You will be motivated to generate new solutions and propose new elements to improve contribution to conservation in the Seychelles. 


Interns are required to complete weekly assignments and host leadership days. While on program, interns are supported by a dedicated mentor.


This internship includes three online courses which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States:


- Marine Conservation 


- Leadership Training


- Career Development 


After successful completion of this internship, you will be offered two career coaching sessions as well as gain access to a job portal. 

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Where is your project

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Included in the price

  • 24-hour in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • First Aid & CPR training
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodation
  • 2 Career coaching sessions
  • National park fees and permits

Not included in the price

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal dive kit, e.g. mask, fins, wetsuit, timer etc.
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Your accommodation

The base is located in Baie Ternay Marine National Park, a 3-minute walk from the beach. The building was originally a school that has been  transformed into an eco-friendly research base with classrooms for presentations, a recreation room to relax after a day of diving, giant hammocks for more relaxation, and a large grassy area with benches for eating or studying. Life on base is much like a big family and we share cooking and tidying duties on a rotation basis. Those who have completed their intensive survey and dive training, can look forward to a short boat trip to the dive site once or twice about 5 days a week, depending on the quality of weather conditions. On other days, participants conduct either marine debris surveys or environmental education sessions with the local community depending on the project needs at the time. Days start early with boat preparations, or training, and are rounded off with an evening debrief, followed by dinner and time to relax, take in the beautiful sunset, and share stories.


Additional information

Are you looking to pursue a career in conservation? Why not upgrade to a career internship.

The career upgrade offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by working with partner orginisations in multiple locations. This combination of having a virtual experience  on top of on the ground experience are qualities that are highly sought after by employers.  


Do you have an independent research topic to complete? Why not upgrade to an academic internship.

Gain valuable experience and collect data for a dissertation or thesis. This program offers virtual check ins with an academic supervisor who has extensive experience and credentials in this sector. As an academic intern, your main focus will be collecting or analyzing data and writing a paper. 


JOB GUARANTEE: for both the Career & Academic internship, we offer a job guarantee for those who join for a minimum of 6 months with a 50% cash back guarantee (terms and conditions apply).


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Dive Certifications: Participants signing up for all durations must be PADI Open Water certified or equivalent. 

- Up to date CV/ resume

- Copy of return flight itinerary

- Intermediate level of English; understanding and speaking

- Acceptance subject to availability of position

A deposit of 300 € must be paid 7 days after sending your reservation and then the balance must be sent to us no more than 12 weeks before the start of your project.
For stays in less than 12 weeks: the full amount must be paid to confirm the reservation. 


A 50% deposit is required for booking. Balance payment is due 4 weeks prior to departure. In case of cancellation before start date, all fees will be refunded, except the deposit. In case of cancellation after start date, there will be no refund.


Founded in 1998, our partner organistion run award winning programs in 21 locations, in 13 countries around the world, each manned by their own staff and aligned to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or UN SDGs as well as the objectives of local partners. 


As an organisation, their aim is to constantly develop an understanding of ethical best practice. In so doing, they aim to provide an exemplary industry standard for other education institutions, international development organisations, and social enterprises. Their Badge of Ethics stands for the drive to always do good, better.


Marine Conservation Internship
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