(Last Update: Apr. 2015) Throughout the year we are very happy to accept a number of interns and volunteers to Wildlife Action Group Malawi. If you are interested in applying for an internship please read this document carefully to understand your options. Please contact Lynn Clifford to apply or for more information here.
The internships is a 2or 3 month professional placements with our project in Malawi, designed for university students or graduates pursuing a career in conservation and science. Intern costs for a minimum donation of 35EUR per day to cover your food, water, laundry, accommodation, transport to and from the airport.
Interns are required to cover the costs of international flights, full medical insurance, country visas, internal flights/transport and personal spending money.
Our interns should be over the age of 18 years and are selected by their academic qualifications as listed on their CV's and cover letters explaining why they want to work for WAG and, in particular, what skills they can offer our organisation. We normally expect our interns to be studying a degree at a reputable university in the fields of zoology, biological sciences, environmental sciences or geography and to be intent on pursuing a career in this field. Most of our interns come to us during the summer holidays. We do accept postgraduates and career-break interns who are trying to get more experience in the field of conservation biology and ecology.
We do expect interns to assist with the everyday running of the project which will include assisting with fundraising, marketing, website and office based projects and general running of the camp. We welcome people from any country.
We have internships positions available at WAG every year. We accept applications all year round and can be fairly flexible on start dates.
We require interns to commit to at least 2 months of work. Depending on the project work assigned to you, this may be spent in either Thuma Forest Reserve or Dedza Salima Forest Reserve.
Internships are highly competitive and therefore we only select the best candidates. We would put you onto at least one main project that fits your experience, interest and skills base. This varies enormously from year to year and from intern to intern. This will be discussed with you before your arrival so you can prepare.
Overseas interns will have to raise funds to pay for their international flight to and from Malawi. Depending on where you are coming from depends on the cost. We will arrange transport to and from the airport for you. You will need to raise a minimum of US$25 per night that you stay at the camp. This is a contribution towards your food, drinking water, accommodation, laundry, security, internet access etc.
We will send you a more comprehensive list of equipment once you are accepted as an intern. However, you should expect to bring a laptop with wireless internet capabilities, a good camera with zoom lens, a pair of binoculars, a GPS and a comprehensive first aid kit and any kind of solar charging equipment you may have.
Every intern is responsible for writing a brief report to the manager of WAG describing the activities undertaken. This should be submitted before leaving the reserves. In addition we ask each intern to write a short story with photos on his or her project work so we can use this in our web site and newsletter. Any MSc interns should post us a full copy of their complete thesis with appropriate acknowledgements. Interns often help our long-term research with data analysis or collection.
Many interns and/or volunteers go on to help us with fundraising activities in their own countries once they return home.