Meet your academic requirements
Research internships make it easy to collect the data you need to complete your thesis, dissertation or research paper. Thanks to our academic support staff, expert local staff and remote internship supervisors, you’ll be supported all the way through your research internship: before, during and after your program.
GVI has been working in the conservation and sustainable development space for over twenty years. We have decades of expertise in facilitating research expeditions, as well as hundreds of programs and research topics for you to choose from. And our enrolment staff are on hand to make sure you select the perfect topic to match your research goals and academic requirements.
Once you’ve been matched with your topic and program, our support and academic support staff will make sure you have everything you need until you’ve wrapped up your data collection and are ready to get started writing up your thesis.
Remote research internship supervisor
GVI’s research internships are conducted outside of a traditional university setting. Our in-field research-based internships involve hands-on practical work. Although you probably already have a university supervisor overseeing your thesis work, you’ll need support on the program and an understanding of how your thesis research fits into the research internship program that you join.
So, if you’re looking to complete your dissertation abroad, you can rest assured that we’ve got you covered. When you join one of our research internships, you’ll be paired with a remote research internship supervisor. Your remote research internship supervisor will guide you on your research, methodology and data collection.
If you’re doing conservation research on, say, predator kill preferences in a South African reserve, you might study the leopard slinking across the safari plains of Limpopo hunting for its prey, the slender antelope.
On a wildlife conservation internship like this one, you might be paired with a remote research internship supervisor with research experience in statistics; spatial analysis; spreadsheet modelling; satellite image processing; remote sensing; as well as using geographic information systems like ArcGIS, IDRISI, QGIS. Your remote internship supervisor will also guide you on how to use other forms of research methodologies like interviews, surveys and data analysis.
Your remote research internship supervisor will have sample research topics and data sets ready for you. And, if you’re worried about whether or not your research will fit into one of our programs, your remote research internship supervisor will be able to pre-approve your research topic during your enrolment process with us and even suggest alternative topics or locations to carry out your internship.
Add to your academic qualifications
When you join one of GVI’s international research internships you’ll boost your academic and professional development with our pre-program, online leadership course and a specialisation course in wildlife conservation, marine conservation or community development.
And, you can add to your academic qualifications even further by completing GVI’s post-program Careers in Sustainable Development online course. All of our online courses are accredited by the University of Richmond and are offered at no extra cost to your standard program fees.
The best part is that once you’ve successfully completed your research internship, you’ll have four weeks to complete your post-program online course. And, if you successfully complete the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion to add to your resume.
Remote career mentor
GVI’s research internships have a lot to offer, but how do you prepare for your future once you’ve completed your internship? GVI will assign a remote career mentor to you, and you’ll have access to two online mentor sessions.
Your career mentor will assist you with preparing for your future career by:
- giving you feedback on your CV
- assisting you in communicating your GVI experience on LinkedIn and your CV
- helping you to practise for interviews
- assisting you in mapping out your career goals
- providing advice on job searching
- giving you general career advice.
So, after you’ve completed your research internship, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to begin a successful career in the industry.
Receive a professional reference
With a completed research internship and your future career plan under your belt, all you’ll need is one more boost to add to your resume.
Your remote research internship supervisor will give you a professional reference to impress your future employers. This reference will highlight what you’ve learnt on the program and outline the skills you’ve developed during your internship. They will also add a summary of this reference to your LinkedIn profile, along with relevant skills endorsements.
Job hunting has never been this easy. GVI’s research internships offer all qualifying interns a job guarantee in the sustainable development industry within 18 months of successfully completing a 6 month program.
We’re so confident that you’ll land a job in the sector after your internship with us that we promise to give you a 50% refund of your program fees if you don’t.
And, after successfully completing one of our research internships, you’ll also become an alum of GVI. This means that you’ll be eligible for preferential recruitment if a GVI role becomes available. And that’s not all we have to offer.
After successfully completing your research internship, you’ll also have access to an online job portal that’ll collate vacancies in the sustainable development industry.
Online internship opportunities
Are you interested in gaining practical experience for your internship dissertation, but you’re unable to travel? Well, you can still complete your research internship abroad, without having to go anywhere.
GVI’s virtual internships are the perfect opportunity to hone the practical skills that you’ll need in the field you’re researching. Can’t wrap your head around it? Well, our virtual internships will allow you to learn valuable skills, like how to analyse photos of target species like baby sea turtles, or how to work with real drone footage of coral reefs. And, you’ll also complete a project to help an organisation to find solutions for a real-world scenario.
This will add to your knowledge of real-world contexts and teach you how to apply your theoretical understanding to on-the-ground project-work. Our virtual internships offer some of the same online training as our on-the-ground research internships. And, they also offer certificates, accredited by the University of Richmond upon successful completion of your virtual internship. So, which subject areas can you choose from for your virtual internship?
You can do one of the following virtual internships: