Learn valuable skills while doing something amazing!
Students participating in the internship or research abroad program will be hosted by vetted conservation professionals on secure properties throughout Southern Africa. You will gain transferable, practical, real-world skills, increasing your professional marketability throughout your future career. You will gain these skills by working hard and building lasting bonds with our conservation hosts, wildland stewards, faculty associates, researchers, and professionals. If you chose the research route, you will be a part of or create your own research project. All ResearchWild! programs can earn transferable university credit. Please contact one of our affiliate universities or your university’s international department for more information. Not only will you gain life changing skills and experiences which will advance you in your career choice, you can advance in your degree plan as well.
Rolling Admission Available throughout the year
Applications received 2-3 months in advance
Deposit paid as acceptance of your assignment must be made as soon as possible
Final Payment must be received one month before start date
4, 8, and 12-week internship options are available now. Other scheduling options can be arranged.
6:00 AM –Wake Up Eat Breakfast
7:00 AM- Start Work Day
11:00 AM- Lunch, Free Time
1:00 PM-Afternoon Work
5:00 PM-Head Back to Camp
7:00 PM- Dinner
After 7:00 PM-Free Time
Risk Management Policy:
Completion and sign-off of ResearchWild!’s pre-departure checklist.
Students provided with ResearchWild!'s Health and Well-being Form which goes over topics like travel medicine and vaccinations, emergency contact information, our required comprehensive travel insurance provided through Cultural Insurance Services International, and more.
We recommend students register with the US Department of State and enroll with local U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (a service of the Bureau of Consular Affairs - U.S. Department of State).
Students will be asked to call their bank about their trip
Students will be asked to call their phone company about their trip
Cultural Dos and Don'ts will be discussed
Sign Waiver of Liability and Code of Conduct form
The destination country’s government status will be discussed
Every Student will have travelers insurance provided through Cultural Insurance Services International
The student’s vaccine needs will be discussed
Students will have access to first aid while on grounds of the property
Supervised trips into town can be arranged for supplies
Evacuation routes are pre-defined
Routes to the closest medical center are pre-defined
Students will be briefed on the possible dangerous animals inhabiting their space
Students will be asked if possible to contact family via phone or Internet
Program Managers will give weekly progress reports of the students’ statuses
Program Managers will alert family/management immediately if an emergency arises
There will be a Follow Up Program Evaluation to be completed by the student and Student Evaluation to be completed by our hosts and provided to your university faculty, if required.
ResearchWild! will make sure that all students have made it safely home
Transportation to and from the airport and on excursions will be via insured vehicles driven by licensed ResearchWild! representatives
Students can arrange to have access to rental vehicles while abroad, if desired
Program costs vary
$500 to $1,000 non-refundable deposit, depending on your program
$4,000 to $11,000 program fees (Prices vary based on host, program, and program lengths which vary from 1 to 3 months abroad - Students will be informed of all cost options before itinerary is finalized)
Program fees do not include airfare or personal costs (souvenirs, personal supplies, etc.)
Airfare prices to Southern Africa varies by location. Google Flights provides a good overview of airline prices. Ask your internship coordinator for more information regarding your required travel destination.
Educational Internship Programs / Research Opportunities