Marine Research Internship, Mozambique

Get field experience in marine research on a stunning island

Here’s an opportunity to get field experience in marine research in an absolutely stunning setting. If you’re a budding marine or environmental scientist, we invite you to apply for our marine research internship in Mozambique; an internship that will take you to an idyllic island that is the perfect base for studying marine life, and contributing to marine conservation.

As a marine research intern, you’ll collect data on the rich ecosystem of this area, and you’ll observe and study animals such as whales, dolphins, turtles, and manta rays. You’ll be part of a dedicated team of scientists and environmentalists that are running innovative research programs with the aim of better understanding the environment – and preserving marine ecosystems in this part of the Indian Ocean. Not unimportantly, you’ll get to live on the island, and soak up this unique environment on a daily basis. You’ll get to dive amongst colorful fish, observe one of the world’s most biodiverse coral reefs, and walk along white sandy beaches.

  • Learning outcomes;
  • An in-depth understanding of the multilayered nature of marine conservation
  • Practical field experience in studying, mapping, and analysing a marine environment
  • Learn how marine science is crucial in understanding how vulnerable ecosystems work
  • A thorough knowledge of marine conservation challenges in the Indian Ocean
  • Learn how to use diving as a technical tool for research
  • Build valuable relationship in the marine science industry
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Marine NGO
Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education
Min. 4 Weeks
From USD 2,100

You’ll be part of a nonprofit organisation that provides a platform for multifaceted marine conservation research. The overall goal of the center, which is the first permanent marine observatory in Africa, is to study the rich ecosystem in the Archipelago and to use the data to address conservation needs on both a local and regional level. This is done through a combination of environmental sensors, measurements and surveys to understand changes in the environment using time-series techniques.

The main activities of the center are;

  • Time-series monitoring of the local marine ecosystems to detect and predict climate-driven changes of biological and chemical changes. This involves seawater sampling, collection of species for microscopic analysis, and using sensors to measure oceanographic parameters.
  • Species identification and habitat mapping. This involves conducting coastal and underwater surveys to study marine life hotspots.
  • Studying of migratory partners of marine life. This involves locating certain species, taking bio-samples, and studying these in a laboratory setting.  
What you’ll do

As a marine research intern, you’ll join the local team of world-class scientists and environmentalists, and assist with all elements of their daily activities. Your tasks will include;  

  • Assist with ecosystem monitoring (taking seawater samples, ocean acidification monitoring, collecting plankton samples and microscopic identification, measuring oceanographic parameters) 
  • Do marine life identification, take surveys, and help with habitat mapping 
  • Study migratory patterns and population dynamics during research boat expeditions 
  • Go on diving expeditions to maintain underwater equipment 
  • Monitor marine debris to help analyse the extent of marine pollution, and help explore waste management solutions
  • Help raise awareness of marine conservation in local communities on the mainland 

Note that if you don’t have your diving certification, you’ll be able to do a PADI diving course on the island – and you’ll get a 20% discount as an intern.

  • You need to be studying marine biology, environmental sciences, or a related field 
  • A desire to learn and to gain field experience 
  • Any practical research experience is an advantage 
  • Good English skills 
  • PADI Open Water diving certificate (or equal). NB. It’s possible to do a diving course on the island and if you last dive was more than 6 months ago at the time of arrival, you will need do a refresher course (USD 120).
  • A flexible and resourceful approach

During this marine research internship, you’ll be staying at the research center, on Benguerra Island. The island is one of five small islands that make up the Bazaruto Archipelago, a protected conservation area and national park. You’ll wake up every morning with views of clear turquoise waters and wide sandy beaches. Quite the place to live for a few months!

The center is carefully designed to blend in to its surroundings and to have a minimum carbon footprint; it’s built with local materials, it runs on solar energy, and it has zero-waste policies. You’ll enjoy comfortable accommodation with shared dorms rooms and plenty of communal areas to relax in. And since it’s a fully serviced accommodation, you’ll be cooked three meals a day.


This internship is offered throughout the year and preferably you start at the beginning of the month. 

What you’ll pay (fees 2022)

4 weeks USD 2,300
8 weeks USD 4,000
12 weeks USD 5,700

What you are paying for:
  • Serviced accommodation on Benguerra Island
  • Three meals a day
  • Airport transfers to and from Vilankulos
  • Visa transport to Maxixe (for visa extension)
  • Park fees
  • Regular check ins during your internship with you and your supervisor
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • Trouble shooting if needed
  • A reference letter at the end of your internship
  • Visa fees and (travel/medical) insurance
  • Flight to and from Vilankulos
  • Optional additional leisure activities and courses (though you’ll get a 20% discount on a PADI diving course)
  • Transport to/from optional weekend and leisure activities

Optional extra:

Diving Course

PADI Open Water Course (4-5 days) – USD 520 (-/-20% discount for interns)
PADI Advanced Course (2-4 days) – USD 570

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimize your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1.5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique
Marine NGO
Research, Reporting, Monitoring, Education
Min. 4 weeks
From USD 2,300

The staff and facilities are simply amazing, with the perfect location for our research trips out by boat each day. The views are incredible from the accommodation, and we loved the chance to explore the rest of the island by 4x4.

  • Be part of an innovative research team 
  • Get involved in multifaceted marine field research
  • Contribute to important marine conservation work 
  • Live and work in an absolute tropical paradise 
  • Enjoy amazing travel opportunities in your time off
4 WEEKS USD 2,300
8 WEEKS USD 4,000
12 WEEKS USD 5.700

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How to apply?

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

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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