Doing your internship with us gives you experience working in a marine conservation organisation as part of a larger team. Research Internship positions are open to applicants who has a suitable academic background, and who has the ability to manage their own project as part of the goals of a larger organisation.

While you will have an assigned academic supervisor and mentor at Marine Conservation Philippines, this is a position for researchers who are independant, and who can work within the confines of an organisation engaged in a multitude of different projects at once.  Ideally an internship will allow you to answer if you enjoy actual field work, and if you can independently manage a project and mentor your research assistants.


Enrolled in or completed a MSc or BSc program in marine biology or a related field, or show other academic credentials that make you qualified to for a research internship.

  • Complete at least one Skype interview prior to starting. 
  • You have a degree in Marine Biology or a related field and/or previous experience in conservation.
  • Able to commit to four month (minimum) on set start dates, to be discussed upon application.
  • Must bring own laptop for work and data entry.
  • Agree with the stipulations in the MCP data sharing policy.

Our Expectations

If you are a university student we expect you will:

  • Inform us 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. (Provided you stay sufficiently long and can convince your MCP supervisor of the merit of your own proposal.)
  • Intern 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.

What We Provide

  • Mentoring on site;
  • Weekly meetings to assess and provide feedback on project direction;
  • Usage of all the MCP facilities;
  • Training on safe conservation diving practices and monitoring methods;
  • 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 up to two PADI dive courses (not including tec-diving, divemaster or instructor training) but you have to pay for the certification and books. (typically 65-85 USD – course)
  • Technical support from other volunteers if needed and available
  • An inspiring and fun working environment of local and international conservationists, volunteers and scientists.

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