Internships in Mozambique

Picture this: palm tree-lined beaches as far as you can see, clear oceans filled with colorful and diverse marine life, dolphins jumping in and out of the ocean’s surface. Sounds good? This could be your home during your internship abroad.

We’re delighted to offer marine conservation internships in Mozambique, a country with fascinating cultures, welcoming communities, and idyllic coast lines. Just off the coast of Vilankulos, on a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, we welcome you to join an innovative research center as an intern. Whether you focus on marine biology research, project management, or marine photography, you’ll be part of a nonprofit organization that works to protect the incredible ecosystems in this part of the world.

Read more about our internships in Mozambique below or contact us if you have any questions.




Marine Research Internship

Open for applications

Marine Research Internship

Marine Research Internship

Min. 4 weeks

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education

Get field experience in marine research on a stunning island.

Marine Conservation Internship

Open for applications

Marine Conservation Project

Marine Conservation Project

8 weeks

Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique

Operations, outreach, research

Learn about the day to day running of a field based marine NGO

Mozambique feature


Located in Southern Africa, Mozambique is a country with extensive natural resources and rich cultural heritage. Boasting one of the biggest coastlines in Africa, the country is home to lush beaches and swaying palms. The weather is tropical, staying around the high 20’s throughout the year. There is also a lot of ancient colonial architecture reminiscent of the rule by the Portuguese during the 16th century. Since the end of the civil war in 1992, Mozambique has been flourishing with the help of its agrarian economy and abundant tourism. Your internship in Mozambique will give you a unique opportunity to explore this country’s culture and beauty to its full potential.

Our internships in Mozambique are located in the Bazaruto Archipelago, a group of five stunning small islands in the Indian Ocean; Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue. The islands are a protected conservation area, marking them a perfect base for marine conservation research and programs. With vibrant marine life, coral reefs and pristine beaches, the Bazaruto Archipelago is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’.

internships in Mozambique
internships in Mozambique


Marine Conservation Internship

You’ll join a nonprofit organization that does important marine research and conservation work, and help out with the development and organization of the research programs conducted there. Learn what it’s like to be involved in the management of a nonprofit research center. Get to know the island by going on exciting marine research expeditions and contribute to important marine conservation efforts.

Marine Photography Internship

Work as a marine wildlife photographer during this exciting internship opportunity. This will involve photographing an absolute abundance of marine wildlife, including dolphins, whales, sharks, and sea turtles. This will be used by the center as a way to bring awareness to the marine conservation work they’re doing. Guidance from a local photographer will help you sharpen your skills along the way.

Marine Research Internship

Get involved with important marine research work by collecting data about the rich ecosystem of the area, and studying animals such as whales, dolphins, turtles and manta rays. Be part of a team of scientists with an aim to better understand the environment and preserve marine ecosystems.



Diving, kayaking and parasailing are some of the exciting activities you can do during your time off. Crystal clear waters offer excellent visibility for snorkeling enthusiasts, with some of the popular sites being The Aquarium and Santa Carolina Island. For a more relaxed experience, you can go on dhow safaris to explore all the islands and experience its natural beauty. Sailfish and marlin inhabit offshore deep waters, which provides incredible game fishing opportunities too.


Is it safe to do an internship in Mozambique?

Yes! As long as you’re aware of your surroundings, educate yourself on recommended precautions, and use good common sense. Don’t forget, you’ll be living in a community hub that is very experienced in hosting overseas travellers of all ages and experiences, so you’ll be in good hands.

How do I apply for a non-profit internship in Mozambique?

You can start by going through each of the internship opportunities we have in Mozambique. Once you’ve found one that suits your needs, you can fill out the online application form. We will get back to you in a couple of days to schedule an interview. The interview will help us find more about you, your goals; and will give you a chance to ask us any questions you may have. If it’s a good match, we’ll put your application forward to the host organisation.

Who should apply for the internships we offer in Mozambique?

If you’re passionate about marine conservation, curious about how a marine conservation NGO functions, or a keen photographer looking to photograph marine wildlife, these internship opportunities would be a good fit for you. Based on your interests and experience, you can choose from the internships listed above.

What are the requirements needed for pursuing internships in Mozambique?

In terms of experience, the marine research internship requires that you have relevant experience in marine biology or other related fields. The marine photography internship would be a better fit for people who have intermediate photography and production skills. The marine conservation internship requires people with good organizational and managerial skills. Above all, we need people with a desire to learn new things and a flexible, resourceful approach.

What type of marine wildlife am I likely to encounter?

The variety of marine life includes humpback whales, marine turtles, spinner, humpback and bottlenose dolphins, marlins and barracudas. It is also home to one of the largest populations of dugongs, an endangered marine mammal. Additionally, the archipelago offers refuge to 48 reptile species, 21 terrestrial mammal species, 170 bird species, 500 species of mollusks, and over 2000 fish species.

Where will I stay during my internship in Mozambique?

You will be staying at a research center on Benguerra Island, one of five islands on the Bazaruto Archipelago. The center is built with local materials, runs on solar energy and has zero waste policies to keep a minimum carbon footprint. It is also designed in a way to blend in with its natural surroundings. To top it off, the center offers breathtaking views of clear turquoise waters and pristine beaches.

How long in advance should I apply for an internship in Mozambique?

The sooner the better! It’s good to give yourself enough time to plan your travels, apply for your visa if you need one, and get fully organised. We recommend starting the process at least 6 months ahead of time, however, we’re always happy to find you something last minute, if needed!

Will you assist with the planning and logistics of my internship?

Yes! We’re here for you every step of the way, and will give you all the information you need. We’ll help you plan your travel, advise on visas and insurance, and answer any questions you may have. Flight transfers to and from Vilankulos to Benguerra island, transport for visa extension, and park fees needed to enter the island are provided by us by part of the internships.