About Environmental Conservation Internships Abroad
Interning abroad in environmental conservation gives interns a unique opportunity to do conservation work in the places that need it most. Projects vary widely depending on placement, with opportunities to work in a hands-on setting out in the field, as well as to work on environmental education and policy. World Endeavors environmental conservation interns have done projects ranging from monitoring and maintaining sea turtle hatcheries, performing tests on water and soil and documenting the results, researching and implementing environmental protection policies, and contributing to outreach and community education efforts.
With any internship, specific daily responsibilities may vary based on the requirements of the host company or organization, as well as on the location or timeframe of the internship. The qualifications, skills, and experience of the intern may also influence the type and complexity of work assigned.
The Value of Interning Abroad
Many students spend hours in the classroom, only to graduate with no practical experience. Completing an international internship can give you the experience and confidence you need to pursue your chosen career after college. An international internship stands out on your resume, gives you an edge in a tough job market, and affords you a valuable global perspective. Interning abroad can also introduce you to different ways of working, giving you more flexibility and greater comfort with diverse points of view as you enter the workforce. Plus, interning in a non-English speaking country gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your foreign language proficiency, another skill that is highly valued by employers.
In the Spotlight: Environmental Conservation Abroad
The work of environmental conservation professionals has both a global and a local impact. Interning abroad in this field is one of the best ways to gain an international perspective on environmental issues, while developing an ability to adapt to local needs. Interns learn how to conduct the day-to-day work of a conservation project, while also learning about and engaging with the people who live in each environment. For future employers, an internship abroad will demonstrate the intern’s commitment to conservation, ability to adapt to new environments, and willingness to travel to the places where work needs to be done.
Eligibility for Internships Abroad
Successful international interns have a strong desire to learn more about their chosen field, as well as to immerse themselves in a new culture and environment. World Endeavors looks for applicants who are hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the chosen field, or international experience is helpful but is not a requirement to participate in a World Endeavors international internship. In addition, foreign language proficiency is not a requirement for participation; even in non-English speaking countries, many English-language internships are available.
World Endeavors’ minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our internship placements, interns at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program. If you have further questions about program eligibility, please contact a World Endeavors advisor.
Other Considerations for Environmental Conservation Internships
A strong interest in environmental issues is a must, and a background in biology or outdoor work will be helpful in some placements. For field placements, interns must be willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, and in some cases to work unorthodox hours. Environmental conservation interns will also be expected to adapt quickly to the culture and living conditions of their host country and their project.
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