National Park Internships Abroad

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Internships bring experience. Experience brings marketability. International experience shows imagination and self-confidence. All this can be yours interning in amazing New Zealand! You can be practical AND have a great adventure at the same time. If you’re serious about your future, we have some seriously great opportunities for you. Most fields are possible, so check with us. In New Zeal...

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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...

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Make your resume stand out against all the others with an internship in Cape Town, South Africa! Connect-123 helps those looking to add international work experience to their background find the perfect placement in this amazing city. Opportunities are available in business, entrepreneurship, human rights, economic development, health care, public health, education and many more! With onsite ...

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The conservation programs carried out by GVI Costa Rica takes a holistic approach to the conservation of the area. GVI are helping to monitor every ecosystem of this incredibly diverse area - forest, canal, beach and sea. As with all conservation, trained personnel, resources and accurate information are essential to make and carry out informed decisions. You have opportunity to gain an int...

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Joining the Falconry Project is an opportunity for you to learn all aspects of falconry and gain practical experience training and rehabilitating birds of prey. When it comes to helping to condition the birds and build their strength, a number of different techniques are used. During your time at the project you will be able to take part in different roles involving these techniques.

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The Intern Group is the leading provider of internship programs in the emerging market of Colombia! We provide international students with internships in top private companies, NGOs and state ministries. Our programs are regularly featured on CNN International and other mainstream media. Apply now for a wonderful experience and propel your professional development! Develop your Spanish langu...

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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...

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The Institute for Global Studies offers internships that can be customized to match finely tuned skills to a specific employer. IGS has a high success rate in completing custom placements owing to its global network and personal contacts around the world. The organization can do custom placements in any U.S. state, as well as many countries, including Australia, Ecuador, Germany, India, Japan, ...

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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.

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BUNAC's Work in Ireland program allows current students or recent graduates the opportunity to live, work and travel anywhere in Ireland for 4 or 12 months. BUNAC will help secure the visa and find jobs and accommodation. Bunac's Work in Ireland program is run in conjunction with USIT and authorized by the Irish Government. The program allows you to spend up to 4 or 12 months living and wor...

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The project is located in Tortuguero National Park on the eastern side of Costa Rica. Camp is only reachable by boat or foot and can be found within a coconut plantation just 50 meters from the beach. Take part in the adventure of a lifetime working with a team to help defend the ‘Near Threatened’ Jaguar of the Costa Rican rainforest and help to advance and manage long-term wildlife conserva...

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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...

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ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to develop personally and professionally through a high-quality internship experience. We offer full-time, structured, unpaid internships throughout the globe with the option to receive academic credit in a wide variety of career fields. Through our unique one-on-one advising session, we’ll learn about your area of study, qualifications, past work...

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Volunteering in Africa takes you one step further than the average tourist into the true character of this unique continent. To us, volunteering is a two-way thing. It’s not only about the hands-on help and skills that volunteers bring, but also about what this magnificent continent, its warm people and amazing wildlife can give volunteers in return. African Impact is a multi-award winnin...

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Summer internships are an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge outside classroom and use your skills in real-life situations. The experience can be more enriching if the internship is in an emerging market that offers a friendly and dynamic work environment. Join the India Immersion Program of Kenilworth, which is offered to graduate and undergraduate students. This once-in-a-lifet...

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National Park Internships Abroad

For over 100 years, travelers from all over have been drawn to visit the world’s most pristine natural wonders; it’s no surprise, really, considering the allure of warmly roasted marshmallows and stunning wilderness that make your insides tingle. If you aspire to join the ranks of park rangers or work alongside Smokey the Bear, interning abroad in a national park will provide you with invaluable field experience and plant seeds for future work in conservation, preservation, and tourism. National park internships are the kind of internships where the world will really be at your fingertips (and probably under your fingernails and inside your sturdy hiking boots, too).

Why Intern Abroad in National Parks

Aside from the shiny badge that many national park rangers proudly wear, there are many reasons to consider an internship (and eventual career?) in a national park. There will be plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors, study the stars in some of the world’s most remote locations, and have access to private time with Mother Nature. You’ll also help protect the planet, and show visitors how important it is that they do so too.

Perhaps you already know the exact national park you’ll use as basecamp, or are open to exploring the world and seeing which corner of it you fall the most in love with. Either way, national park internships abroad will expose you to new cultures, environments, species, and people, all things you’ll likely deal with on a daily basis in the national park system of any country.

A national park internship will teach you the ropes of how national parks are run, invaluable knowledge and business insights for your future career. There’s more to being a national park employee than wearing a great uniform or hiking in the wilderness; an internship at a national park can help make sense of the bureaucracy of how most national park systems are run (since they’re usually part of the government) and the intricacies of building a fulfilling lifelong career that both challenges you and protects the environment for generations to come. It’s not all about smelling roses; but some days it will be, and that’s why national park internships are so desirable.

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One important consideration for you city-dwellers out there is that national park internship placements won’t likely be in the center of a bustling metropolis. If you’re looking for state-of-the-art modern conveniences, you might want to direct your internship search toward a “national mall” rather than a “national park.” However, if you don’t mind roughin’ it or sacrificing your daily showers to help the planet, national park internships could be perfect for you. We should probably mention your precious cell phone will likely be out of service (a #happyplace for some, modern torture for others).

The United States is not the only country to have an exemplary national park system that seeks to protect some of the most beautiful natural wonders and habitats on Earth, but it is one of the best known, and draws some of the largest crowds. Within the U.S. National Park Service, interns have the opportunity to work and learn from nearly every role in a park, and the diversity of parks (compare examples such as historic Harper’s Ferry National Park with remote outdoors Denali National Park) provide a huge range of options to choose from.

One great region to look for national park internships abroad that can teach you skills for a national park career is Central and South America. Costa Rica is a natural choice, with its incredible biodiversity and high prioritization of conservation within the country. Similarly, Ecuador offers wonderful opportunities to experience the wilderness and wildlife in their country, as does Chile, which also has several environmental preservation internships based in national parks.  

You could also spend time among the “Big Five” in a game preserve in South Africa, intern in a wildlife rescue center in Uganda, or work with locals in Tanzania teaching them hospitality and stewardship for their own natural resources. The diversity of internships options isn’t quite as big as the number of species and ecosystems in Africa, but it’s close! 

While you may wish to end up interning in a national park specifically, don’t forget to consider game preserves, conservation zones, and companies that may not have geographic boundaries, but provide similar opportunities.

National Park Internships

Most national park internships that will prepare you for a real career in the national park system will put you in close quarters with Mother Nature and her many inhabitants. National park internships allow you to explore a variety of different roles in the field. Explore ground work in conservation, partner with professional geoscientists to study how the park is changing over time, or learn the ropes of the business side of how national parks are run through a national parks consulting internship. Many people contribute to the success of a national park, and nearly all roles offer internship opportunities.

National park internships often occur as part of secondary or collegiate education, though many students may wish to pursue a graduate career in a more specific field, such as environmental management or conservation, which often includes an internship as well. Due to the intense hands-on nature of national park internships, choosing to participate in one or more internships during your academic career can only help to give you insight into exactly what type of work you’d like to do upon graduation.

Most national park internships don’t require specific academic qualifications, though it won’t hurt to have studied subjects like biology, ecology, or geology. That being said, students from art, history, anthropology, and archaeology backgrounds are just as likely to be interested in and succeed at national park internships.

Upon internship completion, the world is your oyster! Whether you completed a national park internship abroad or close to home, you will suddenly have prospects not only in the national parks, but in game preserves, state and local park systems, in the private and public sector, and much more. The knowledge gained about protecting the environment in your internship is in high demand as the resources of our planet become increasingly constrained.

Benefits & Challenges

Close connection with nature. Many people dream of the chance to spend their careers outdoors, surrounded by wildlife and nature. With a career in a national park system anywhere in the world, this can be your life everyday.

Competition for placements. The reality of national parks is that they are often faced with funding difficulties and there are only so many jobs available. An internship in a national park will help you stand out in the crowd of applicants.

Immersion on every level. If you choose to do an internship abroad to advance your national parks career, you’ll not only get the chance to be immersed in the environment, you’ll also get a chance to experience other cultures, languages, and customs. Your eyes will be opened to the wonders of the world, and you’ll realize there are far more than seven of them.

Do it for the birds, for the bees, for the bear necessities. Walk out on your cabin porch and take a look around you; between your morning dip in the nearby lake, to firing up your walkie-talkie, to learning your new trail maintenance assignments, participating in a national park internship abroad is a noble and educational endeavor.

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