Program Overview

The Oceans Research Internship Program enables aspiring scientists and conservationists to work in conjunction with leading marine biologists as they undertake ground-breaking research on the charismatic marine mega-fauna of Southern Africa, including great white sharks.

This is a unique internship experience where students gain exposure to a wide variety of projects and in depth aspects of practical field research on species such white sharks, bottlenose dolphins, Southern right whales and smaller benthic shark species. Research will be done both at sea and on land. During your stay you play a vital role, from data collection to data management. We use your collected data to advise various industries, including the government, on real-time issues in marine conservation.

Information

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at George Airport and settle into accommodation.

Day 2: Orientation

Meet the research team and gain introduction to the various research projects that you will be contributing to from the scientists, postgraduates and field specialists of Oceans Research.

  • Dr Enrico Gennari, Director of Research
  • Sasha Dines, Head Field Specialist
  • Justin McCarthy, Head of Operations
  • Esther Jacobs Overbeeke, Public relations
  • Ralph Watson, Postgraduate
  • Valentina Scarponi, Postgraduate

Day 3-30: Research Interning

Join the Oceans Research team and contribute to the institutes research through actively aiding and conducting marine research programs under the guidance of field specialists, scientists and postgraduates.

    • Population assessment and long-term trend of white sharks, humpback & bottlenose dolphins, Southern right & humpback whales and Cape fur seals
    • Habitat use of white sharks and marine mammals
    • Population structure, trophic and  movement ecology of endemic benthic catsharks
    • Predator-prey behavioural strategies of white sharks and Cape fur seals
    • Shark stress physiology and behavioural studies
    • Intertidal community assessment

Day 31 Program wrap-up

Internship program wraps up on the last weekday of the months, interns finish with a personal presentation afternoon before receiving their certificate of completion.

Operated in association with Oceans Research

Oceans Research provides and facilitates innovative and dynamic research relevant to the management and conservation of Southern Africa’s wildlife.Its research is interdisciplinary ranging from biological to socio-economic studies of marine and terrestrial resource utilisation in Southern Africa’s coastal society.

Oceans Research specialises in investigating the biology and ecology of mega-fauna, including sharks, marine mammals and terrestrial carnivores; we advise governmental and non-governmental bodies on relevant conservation issues.

Oceans Research offers multi-disciplinary practical and theoretical training for aspiring researchers from internship to postgraduate levels in conjunction with partner schools, technical colleges and universities.

Program months

  • January – Open
  • February – Open
  • March – Open
  • April – Open
  • May – Open
  • June – Open
  • July – Open
  • August – Open
  • September – Open
  • October – Open
  • November – Open
  • December – Open

Projects and activities

  • Population assessment and long-term trend of the white shark, humpack and bottlenose dolphins, Southern right whales & Cape fur seals
  • Habitat use of white sharks and marine mammals
  • Population structure, trophic and movement ecology of endemic benthic catsharks
  • Predator-prey behavioural strategies of white sharks and Cape fur seals
  • Shark stress physiology and behavioural studies
  • Intertidal community assessment

Enrico Gennari

Program Director

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Program Costs:

  • $2, 300 USD
    1 month Dec 2017 to May 2018
  • $2,700 USD
    1 Month June to August 2018
  • $2, 300 USD
    1 Month Sept to Dec 2018

This price includes:

  • Dorm accommodation
  • Traditional meals
  • Program expeditions
  • Tuition and mentoring
  • Program instructors
  • Adventure of a lifetime