Ecology Internships Abroad

Back to Programs

Ecology Internships Abroad

If you enjoy being outdoors exploring the world around you, using your mind to solve problems, and strive to do work that is important to society, an internship abroad in ecology might be for you. Students interested in interning abroad in ecology can expect a plethora of opportunities to apply their academic skills to real world settings, in placements related to conservation, restoration, wildlife, and even urban ecology. Whether you are interested in fieldwork, lab research, or naturalist training, you will be sure to find an ecology internship abroad that fits with your goals.

Why Intern Abroad in Ecology

Participating in ecology internships abroad will give you specific insight into the plethora of opportunities for ecology graduates in organizations and companies on a global scale. With a field so deeply rooted in international connections and knowledge of the earth, it is only natural to want to seek out internship opportunities that allow you to expand your knowledge abroad. An ecology internship abroad will surely do just that, allowing students to work in new global fields and habitats, learn crucial skills, such as data collection and analysis, critical thinking, writing, complex problem solving, quality control analysis, and more.

Those who intern abroad in ecology will have a chance to get a feel for the day-to-day work of ecologists, and possibly establish contacts for future jobs abroad. Interns will also become exposed to new and different types of ecological processes, that simply cannot be found in their home countries, such as coral reefs, wildlife game reserves, tropical rainforests, and desert and grassland ecosystems.


Ecology, by nature (pun intended), is a truly global field. But, there are some sites that offer superior opportunities for international internships and work environments for certain aspects of the field. The following are just some of the best locations for ecology internships abroad, including what makes each one of them an appealing opportunity.

South Africa is ideal for students who enjoy hands-on animal training and extensive fieldwork. Interns can spend time working at game reserves in South Africa and experience working side-by-side with animals in a fully immersive environment. After work, interns can take time to get out into the wild South African bush, by going on game drives or walks, studying the local bird species, researching indigenous mammals, or tracking wildlife.

Hawaii. Those with an interest in fisheries and wildlife should intern in the tropical state of Hawaii, where they will be able to work hands-on with researchers studying the ocean and coral reef systems. Due to the numerous ecology internship opportunities in Hawaii, interns will have the opportunity to work in whale sanctuaries, fisher centers, botanical gardens, and forestries, as well as many in many other nature-filled placements.

Ecuador. The cultural and ecological diversity of this Northern Andean country offer students exciting ecology internship opportunities that allow them to apply their academic studies in data collection, GIS and imaging, avian and insect survey techniques, and field research methods, and much more. Those who want to work in diverse ecosystems and gain intensive hands-on experience, rooted in field-research in the tropical rainforest as well as in the Spanish language, will truly enjoy interning in Ecuador. Many interns will find themselves supporting community-based wildlife and habitat conservation efforts. Outside of placement responsibilities, those who intern in Ecuador can enjoy hiking, climbing, and swimming their way through across the country.

Ecology Internships Abroad

Ecology internships will often involve field-research, laboratory research, museum curating, and natural resource management. Regardless of the focus within the discipline, students will need a comprehensive background in the life and natural sciences to intern abroad in ecology successfully. Additionally, an understanding of the physical sciences, including geology, physics, and chemistry, is helpful. Since ecological challenges require collaboration between people and sharing of ideas from fields beyond the natural sciences, it is suggested that students have some familiarity with the social sciences as well, such as economics, geography, and anthropology. Familiarity with statistics, mathematics, and computer design won’t hurt either, as these skills are necessary for most lab work and data analysis.

Your international internship in ecology could find you placed with a variety of organizations and programs. While there are a myriad of possible ecology internship locations, the select few below are prime examples of ecological internships that place emphasises on conservation, restoration, and work on game reserves.

Conservation. Ecology internships focused on conservation will allow interns to help preserve and protect environments and ecological networks around the world, while gaining practical job skills and exploring diverse areas of wilderness and wildlife. Ecological conservation internships are especially ideal for those with a passion for social justice and environmental preservation.

Restoration. Interns who enjoy working outdoors, taking initiative, and collaborating within a larger team may find ecological restoration internships particularly interesting. These internships allow interns to participate and lead field restoration activities while engaging with locals and inspiring community involvement.

Game Reserve. Those with strong backgrounds in biology or animal science can apply their wide array of skills through an ecology internship abroad on a game reserve. Interns will gain exposure to day-to-day management of the game reserve and help conduct ongoing biodiversity and ecological management operations, vegetation monitoring, and alien plant control.

Depending on the location of an ecology internship abroad, there may be specific language requirements to participate. For example, those interested in interning abroad in South or Central America are often required to have advanced to expert level proficiency in Spanish. Interns should be cognizant of this requirement when selecting a location for their ecology internship abroad.

GoAbroad Inside Tips

Be a More Competitive Job Candidate. The benefits of ecology internships abroad are limitless. Any international internship will provide participants with invaluable global experience and an opportunity to apply their classroom skills to real world problems. Interns will return home with field training under their belt and experience in GIS and imaging, field research methods, data collection and analysis, and ecological management operations.

Be Outdoors! Let’s face it, one of the reasons why you love ecology so much is because you love nature. What better way to spend time with nature than with an ecology internship abroad that “forces” you to be outside? You be following your dreams and diving headfirst into the field you love all at the same time.

Long Lasting Global Impact. Interning abroad in ecology will allow interns to make real, lasting changes in ecosystems that are constantly threatened and ever-evolving. These changes will have long term effects on both the environment and the community.

Read More

A Guide To

Ecology Internships Abroad


 Find Ecology Internships Abroad Now


This listing has been saved 230 times

Boost your resume and gain priceless hands-on experience while interning in one of the most exciting countries in the world. ELI Abroad's extensive connections in Sydney and Melbourne mean we can place you in a dynamic professional setting where you'll learn, grow, and develop new skills. We have opportunities in everything from accounting to zoology, and just about anything inbetween. Our pla...


This listing has been saved 14 times

On Intern in Costa Rica, you will study Spanish at a local university in bustling San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and work at a custom international internship. You can gain practical skills in your major and really boost your resume with international work experience in fields as diverse as business, education, design, art, journalism, tourism, and engineering. Get a leg up in the job mar...


This listing has been saved 285 times

Whether you're looking for a hands-on, career related internship that will set you apart from the crowd or a chance to use your skills with meaningful volunteer project, Connect-123 provides customized programs that are tailor-made for you. We run programs in five exciting international destinations: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Shanghai, Dublin and Barcelona! Our year-round, the ground team in...


This listing has been saved 63 times


Travel to South Africa’s Lowveld region in Mahlahla in the Limpopo province and join us on a Safari Field Guide Course. Where better to train to become a qualified field guide than in one of the best big game territories in the world! The FGASA (Field Guide Association of Southern Africa) syllabus includes bush skills such a wildlife tracking, shooting competency, 4×4 driving, outdoor first ai...


This listing has been saved 42 times

Thinking of interning in China? let us help you gain work experience, sharpen your skills and get credit transfer all in the China Internship Program. Get such an experience by joining Go Abroad China’s Internship in China Program; we partner with 500+ companies inside China to arrange paid internships for college/university students and graduates. Go Abroad China is an international compan...


This listing has been saved 26 times

Mexico is a beautiful country, and a great place to spend time on a volunteer program or internship. Mexico is a real meeting-place of cultures: a modern, industrialized and well-educated country that's full of history. American, Spanish and Indian influences all come together to make it a fascinating place that mixes developed and developing worlds. Mexico is a stimulating mixture of wealth an...


This listing has been saved 255 times

*Please note: as we offer international internship programs, our USA internships are not available to US Citizens. We encourage you to look at our other destinations (London, Canada, China, Europe, Australia or Latin America). New York City is a cultural and financial hub of the world that will leave you wanting more. We offer successful applicants the chance to gain invaluable work experien...


This listing has been saved 103 times

ntern in fast-paced Milan, the economic, fashion, and design hub of Italy. A semester internship at a renowned fashion house, a multinational marketing firm, or a not-for-profit organization is sure to give a boost to your résumé, not to mention enrolling in the optional Italian course to improve your language skills. Getting to work or class is surprisingly easy in the second largest city i...


This listing has been saved 60 times

Have you considered what type of internship in South Africa would best suit you? We are connected with an extensive list of companies and organizations in Cape Town. We will place you in a working environment where you will make a constructive contribution to your selected organization while gaining the useful internship experience you desire.


This listing has been saved 109 times

BUNAC's Work Australia program offers you the opportunity for the trip of a lifetime. Work Australia is a program authorized by the Australian Government to allow young Americans (aged 18-30) to work in Australia for up to 12 months. Australia, one of the largest and most beautiful countries in the world, is a traveler's paradise. The Working Holiday Visa allows you to work for any one employer...


This listing has been saved 53 times

Malaysia is a vibrant country located in the heart of the south east Asia that embodies 28 million people coming from a multitude of cultures, races and ethnicity. Thanks to this mix of cultures and traditions in Malaysia, it is possible to stumble upon a wide range of different scenarios; From the futuristic skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur to the traditional longhouse villages of Sarawak Doing ...


This listing has been saved 77 times

World Internships offers flexible, customized internships in a variety of fields in the "Land Down Under." Realize your dream of living and working in beautiful Australia, while enjoying exceptional support and group activities that will engage you with both your fellow international interns and the locals. As the first & second most populous cities in Australia, Sydney & Melbourne are fantasti...


This listing has been saved 109 times

In recent years there has been a decrease in biodiversity due to human disregard and natural disasters. In some instances, the land is being farmed by big companies which are disregarding the natural plant and animal life already on the land. The project aims to help preserve the land while also reviving traditional housing and farming with new agricultural technology. It also focuses on wil...


This listing has been saved 48 times

API international internships are unique opportunities for you to begin to explore and cultivate your future career through a high quality, academic-based international internship. Interning abroad is the perfect way for you to gain valuable career training, cultural immersion, and soft skills through one complete program. In addition to benefiting professionally, you will also have the oppo...


This listing has been saved 12 times

The Biology Program focuses on conducting biological field research, such as the cataloging of flora and fauna in and around Kalu Yala. The Biology team spends many hours hiking and exploring the various ecosystems surrounding the property. You will have the opportunity to make observations, ask your own questions, and seek your own explanations. Whether you already have a particular passion in...