Marine Conservation Philippines
Volunteer in Marine Conservation Philippines

Academic internship

Doing your internship with us is meant to give you experience working in a marine conservation organisation as part of a larger team. Internships positions are open for anyone who would like to gain experience managing their own project as part of the goals of a larger organisation and gain skills in managing volunteers. An internship will also give you an idea whether you would like to work in the field of conservation in the future.

Requirements for academic interns:

  • Enrolled in or completed a MSc or BSc program in (marine) biology, environmental sciences or similar study, or show other credentials, which make you qualified to take up any of the conservation projects;

If you are a university student we expect you will:

  • Inform us before you come what your university expects of us in terms of evaluation and tutoring;
  • Have a tutor from your university, who will guide you with writing your final report;
  • Be willing to take charge of one of our existing projects, take up one of our conservation project ideas or your own project which fits in with the goals of MCP. If you are staying long enough and are really research minded, you could also do work on one of our research project ideas. This needs to be agreed upon before you come, but during your stay we can always make adjustments;
  • The desire to stay for a minimum of 16 weeks, so you have ample time to get to know the location, hone your research skills and contribute to the organisation;
  • Try your best to bring your own laptop for data entry.

What we offer:

  • Tutoring on site;
  • Feedback on your activities;
  • Usage of all the MCP facilities;
  • Training in methodology and species identification if necessary and available;
  • 40% reduction of volunteer fee. You will only pay $250/week. This includes three daily meals; tea, coffee and water; various snacks; basic dorm accommodation; free scuba diving and use of dive gear; marine park fees.
  • You can join any PADI dive course you wish to, but you have to pay for the certification and books.
  • Assistance from volunteers for your activities if needed and depending on availability.
  • An inspiring and fun working environment of local and international conservationists, volunteers and scientists.

This Internship Learning agreement outlines our expectations of you as an intern.

Internship Learning agreementpdf_icon


  • From day one, every day has been an adventure, no dull moments. As an intern you are given responsibility on different activities. These activities vary from my own research to teaching kids to organizing events etc. The most amazing thing of this country is the beautiful environment and mostly the people, the kids. Every time you travel and meet the local culture, you get more perspective on things. You realize the things you have and appreciate certain things and moments more. READ FULL REVIEW
    Rita Naus
  • I’m now almost halfway through my data collection, and MCP has really been awesome and very helpful to reach this point. As we’re doing fish surveys, we need to go to places were no other divers are present so the data is not biased, so they put the truck and oxygen (necessary safety when you go diving in remote locations) at our disposal every day and let us make our own plans according to what we need to get done. READ FULL REVIEW
    Joel Rohrer
  • MCP gave me a lot of responsibility during my stay and I loved it. Because of that I’ve seen more and learned more than I could have expected. Working with so many volunteers teaches you a lot about yourself, about your functioning and your social skills. I Learned more about teaching, doing research, creative thinking, planning and of course marine biology. READ FULL REVIEW
    Jorien van Schie

Divemaster training as part of an internship
Kindly note that interns who wish to complete PADI divemaster training as part of their internship are expected to do it at the beginning of their internship. MCP will consider the first month dedicated to this pursuit. As such, there is no intern discount on the first month, as you will be too busy learning the divemaster role to conduct your research or pursue your individual project.
Scuba training while interning
Our policy is that interns may do the scuba courses required for their work. We do however not go out of our way to provide scuba training, which is not needed. As an intern you may join in on courses going on anyway, to the extent your work allows you to.