Help protect Cape Town’s spectacular yet fragile ecosystems

Conservation internships in Cape Town

Participate in a conservation internship in South Africa and join the battle to preserve Cape Town’s delicate ecosystem and its legendary natural beauty. There is a strong tradition of environmental advocacy in South Africa, and we will help you find an internship that aligns with your passion for conservation.

Conservation internships through VACorps

Wildlife research

Wildlife research: Contribute to critical field studies on threatened species migrations, breeding patterns, habitat loss and illegal poaching/trafficking crises to inform science-based policies.

Marine conservation

Assist conservation groups studying fragile underwater ecosystems, advocating for sustainable fishing policies, mounting coastal cleanup initiatives and patrolling shorelines actively removing harmful debris and protecting vulnerable seabirds and marine mammals.

Community engagement

Mobilize local residents – especially youth – in grassroots biodiversity initiatives through environmental education, tree planting drives, recycling programs and sustainable development partnerships cultivating greater ecological awareness.

A unique conservation internship experience

Cape Town is widely considered to be the world’s most beautiful city because its urban areas are enveloped by the majestic Table Mountain National Park, which is famous for its biodiversity. The reserves extend along a 1,000-square-kilometer coastline and mountain range, which will serve as the backdrop for your conservation internship in Cape Town.

Whether you are looking for an internship in wildlife conservation, marine conservation, or community awareness, Cape Town offers a diverse range of experiences.

Requirements for a conservation internship

Candidates for our marine and conservation internships in South Africa are expected to have a strong theoretical understanding of biology, research experience, and be comfortable working outdoors and/or out on the water.

Benefits of a conservation internship in Cape Town

Gain hands-on experience in conservation initiatives
Help protect the city’s world-renowned natural beauty
Experience Cape Town from a different perspective
Gain international experience and develop your professional resume

The time is now to explore, connect, and invest in yourself in Cape Town. Let us match you with an experience that counts.

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