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Why should you spend your time abroad on an internship instead of lounging on the beach? Apart form the cultural immersion and language exposure benefits (and delicious new foods and making new friends and seeing amazing places), your ability to market yourself after your internship is a great incentive. You’ll gain numerous, valuable insights – giving you a powerful advantage when you return home.

With legit work experience behind your name, there’s no need to try justifying those bad grades or that semester you took off… You can use your experience and references to negotiate for a higher position, or a better set of benefits. The more you have to offer, the easier it will be to find a position that truly suits you.


GVI’s internships combine real career experience with extra curricular training – giving you the best of both worlds. A fun, fulfilling experience that’ll set you apart, and send your resume to the top of the pile.

Complete your PADI Dive Master or TEFL qualification, even become a qualified field guide on your internship and then put those skills to good use in the working world while you contribute to critical conservation and community development initiatives.

Consider the language skills aspect of an international internship. Many of our internships give you the opportunity to learn or polish your Spanish language skills – a tangible outcome that will further differentiate you from everyone else that did an internship in London…

Each GVI Internship Includes:


Hands-On Field Training

Comprehensive field training by GVI's passionate and professional staff.


Staff Mentorship

Weekly one-on-one staff mentorship sessions & evaluations with a designated project mentor.


An Individual Project

Interns will be assigned a specific research based project whilst in the field, which they will review with their mentor throughout the internship.


Leadership and teamwork experience

Including certification and a summary of training and experience received, covering a range of transferable soft skills.


An exclusive GVI Leadership Training Course

Additional training specifically designed to develop leadership skills and prepare students for a career in or out of the field.



A confidential professional recommendation on completion of the course.


Field Employment

After a successful internship, qualifying candidates may be given the opportunity to work for GVI or selected partner organizations.

Participants could also complete:


Environmental Research Training

Comprehensive field training by GVI's passionate and professional staff.


PADI Training and Certification

PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced Open Water, PADI Rescue Diver, PADI Divemaster, PADI Coral Reef Research Diver Distinctive Speciality, IDC, MSDT.


ASDAN Universities Award

The Universities Award can enhance career paths and UCAS applications. Successful applicants receive a PDF certificate.


Leading Biological Surveys Course

Provides training and experience needed to start planning and running independent surveys in the field and can be applied to any environment around the world.


Spanish Lessons

Spanish lessons are a requirement for our community projects in Costa Rica and Mexico unless the applicant is fluent or at an advanced level.


Work placement

If successful during the first 12 weeks of the internship.

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