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Explore our Wildlife Conservation Internships

Do you have a burning passion for protecting Earth’s most marvelous creatures? Our range of wildlife internships offers a remarkable opportunity to engulf yourself in safeguarding various endangered species and habitats. You won’t solely be observing the wonders of the natural environment; you’ll actively contribute to wildlife conservation efforts.

A wildlife internship provides you with a transformative experience that combines a passion for the earth’s animals with skill development and environmental impact. It empowers you to play a critical role in protecting endangered wildlife while gaining the knowledge and expertise needed for a rewarding career in wildlife conservation.

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Why choose Roots Interns for Wildlife Conservation Internships?

Grassroots work

You’ll join an organization that works directly with their community to solve problems on the ground and make a real impact.


We’ll help you find and prepare for an internship with the organization that’s right for you and your skills, background, and passions.

Academic Placements

Working abroad is an experience like no other and your internship will be tailored to your studies and interests.

Browse All Wildlife Conservation Internship Projects

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Rainforest Conservation Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, Brazil
Contribute to rainforest preservation through hands-on research in Brazil, exploring the intricacies of ecosystem conservation and biodiversity.
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Biology Research internship

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Biology Research Internship

  • Min. 3 months
  • Puerto Inca, Peru
Work alongside expert researchers, documenting and studying diverse flora and fauna to gain insights into biodiversity and conservation methods.
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Wildlife Research internship

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Wildlife Research Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Recinto La Esperie, Ecuador
Gain valuable scientific research experience by studying endemic species of plants and animals, contributing to the preservation of biodiversity
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Biodiversity conservation internship

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Biodiversity Conservation Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, Brazil
Contribute to biodiversity preservation and climate crisis mitigation through hands-on efforts to restore the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest.
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Conservation Education Internship

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Conservation Education Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Bela-Bela, South Africa
Embark on a meaningful conservation journey in the heart of nature, gaining hands-on experience in environmental education initiatives.
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Marine Research Internship

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Marine Research Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Gain hands-on experience in marine research on a breathtaking island, studying diverse ecosystems and contributing to conservation efforts.
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Conservation and Photography Internship

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Wildlife Photography Internship

  • Min. 8 weeks
  • Greater Kruger, South Africa
Capture stunning images of wildlife species, honing your photography skills amidst the breathtaking landscapes of their natural habitats.
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Wildlife Research Internship

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Wildlife Research Internship

  • Min. 4 weeks
  • Fuller Forest, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Join a team of professionals in research on African wildlife, advancing the understanding of wildlife ecosystem conservation.
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Benefits of Wildlife Conservation Internships

Hands on experience

Wildlife internships provide you the opportunity to actively participate in wildlife conservation efforts, ranging from restoring habitats to monitoring and researching wildlife; you are guaranteed to contribute to tangible conservation outcomes.

Wildlife Knowledge

Gain the chance to absorb in-depth knowledge about various endangered species, their habitat, and conservation challenges, which can operate as a foundation for future careers in wildlife biology.

Personal Network

Working alongside conservation experts in your wildlife internship will allow you to facilitate a professional network in the field which can lead to future career opportunities.

Make an Impact

As an intern, you’ll directly contribute to conservation initiatives, from protecting biodiversity and endangered species to conserving habitats. You will contribute to a measurable difference in wildlife preservation.

Personal Growth

Wildlife biology internships do not only foster professional development but also personal growth by infusing a sense of environmental responsibility and a lifelong commitment to conservation.

Contribute to Biodiversity

In this transformative experience, you’ll contribute significantly to the protection and preservation of biodiversity, aiding in safeguarding species and their ecosystems to ensure longevity for future generations to come.

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Why Choose Roots Internships in Wildlife Conservation

Find out from our previous interns how internship positions in Wildlife Conservation can boost your professional career and grow your interpersonal skills.

I cannot express my gratitude to Roots Interns enough for helping me arrange my internship in Zimbabwe. It was a marvelous experience that I will cherish forever. The best part of the whole internship was the staff on the project; they were kind & patient and made sure I worked in as many activities as possible to get the most out of my time. It was not just about everything I learned, but also all the fun I had. It was like a cool breeze of the ocean filled with knowledge. I’m grateful for this opportunity personally and for the value it will add to my CV.

Ramsai, Woxsen University, Indian – Wildlife Conservation Internship, Zimbabwe

This internship exceeded my expectations. The work was exactly as I hoped it would be and I was able to learn a lot about the local people, wildlife, photography, animal tracking, and my own goals. I learned a lot about human and animal interactions and why conservation work is so important. The experiences confirmed for me that I want to work in this field. I’m proud that I was able to contribute to this organization and their work and I’m proud that I was able to learn so much.

Simon, Julius-Maximilians-Universität, German – Wildlife Research Internship, Zimbabwe

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Wildlife Conservation FAQs

Who can apply for Wildlife Conservation Internships?

The requirements for a wildlife internship vary per internship. If you’re keen to join a wildlife research internship abroad, you’ll need to be studying wildlife science or a related field, and any experience will be a bonus. If you’re interested in joining the wildlife photography internship or conservation internship, a basic level of photography will be required – though there’s no need to be a seasoned pro, as you’ll be able to work on your level. To join the field guiding course, you just need to have a true passion for wildlife and a decent fitness level.

What type of accomodation can I expect?

As an intern in any of these programs, you’ll be staying in, or on the edge of, national parks and game reserves. You’ll be surrounded by wildlife and enjoy a full wilderness adventure. The accommodation is basic but very comfortable; you’ll stay in a lodge or tented accommodation that you’ll share with team members and other interns. The accommodation arrangements are indicated with each internship.

Can I combine differrent programs?

No problem! This could be an excellent idea, and we’re happy to work this out for you. Just send us a message, and we’ll get back to you to have a conversation about your plans.

Can an internship kickstart a career in wildlife conservation?

Doing a wildlife biology internship – or a field guiding course – can be a great springboard for a career in this field! Spending a few months abroad, working on the ground, is a good way to gauge what it would be like to do this work as a career, and if it would suit you. It’s also an excellent opportunity to add some practical experience to your resume, to ask questions to experienced professionals, and to network. So yes, while there are no guarantees, doing a wildlife internship is a great choice if you’re serious about pursuing a career in wildlife management or conservation.


If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:


Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) which includes sharing your CV to us.



We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.


If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.


If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, getting started with the booking process and all the info you need.


Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.


Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just fill in the contact form below. We’ll be happy to assist!