Internships Organising your overseas internship

Conservation Internships that are suitable for you

How can I find an internship that is suitable for me?

This will largely depend on your academic background. Your studies or job must have a connection to the field in which the internship is provided. This ensures that you can build on everything that you are already know while gaining some practical experience. It also means that the content of the internship will not be completely new to you. This will allow you to use your existing skills to become a valuable member of the company providing your internship.

You should identify which specific aspects are most interesting to you and how much time you have available. We offer internships in a wide variety of fields. The length of your stay can be from a few months up to a whole year.

You should also consider what kind of a budget you have available and what financing options are open to you. You can find a few tips in the next section. You should also bear in mind that your flights, transfer, visa, vaccinations and insurance will all cost money.

Details about each field are available in the internship descriptions on our homepage. Please contact us if you have any questions, and we will be happy to help you.


Duration

Duration of your overseas internship and preparation time

Your internship can last from eight weeks through to a year. However, we recommend going for at least three months so that you can acclimatise and get used to where you are. This will give you the best chances of benefiting from your overseas internship in your career.

If you are interested in an overseas internship, you should contact us as early as possible. If you are planning on an internship outside of Europe, you should apply at least six months in advance.


Advice

We can help you to choose an internship

You should contact us as soon as you have decided on an internship. This will give us time to answer any questions that you might have and provide help with any uncertainties.

It is important that you contact us as early as possible so that we have enough time for the application an placement process. Once the application process is complete, we will provide practical assistance and advice to help you plan the remaining aspects of your overseas internship.

It is extremely important to us that you have an accurate impression of what to expect from your internship. We are committed to preparing you as well as possible and providing you with all of the information you need for your time overseas. Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any unanswered questions.

We also recommend that you look up information about the country you’re going to and its culture on your own. You can use travel literature to do this, but blogs and forums are also helpful sources of information from people sharing their experiences. They can also provide some tips and advice.

Your Application Process

Application

The application process for an overseas internship with NATUCATE

We and our partners believe it is extremely important to fill the internship positions on offer with suitable and motivated interns. Please do not underestimate the application process; not everybody who applies will be granted an internship. But with a suitable background and a little patience and effort, you will soon be on an exciting internship where you can deepen your expertise, gain practical experience and get closer to nature.

The application process varies from internship to internship. This is a general overview of the application process for our internships:

  • It is absolutely vital that you apply as early as possible! The earlier you apply, the better your chances.
  • If you think you have found a suitable project on our website, simply fill out the relevant non-binding contact form.
  • We will contact you and discuss how to proceed.
  • Different internships will require you to provide different documents, e.g. enrolment certificate, CV, cover letter, recommendation from your university and/or a letter providing details about your research topic.
  • We will also meet and interview you in person a number of times. These interviews and meetings may involve just us or our partners as well. Please note that all meetings with our partners will be in English.
  • If you are likely to be given the internship, we will send you additional application forms to fill out in English and return to us.
  • Some internships will involve negotiating an individual internship agreement between you and your supervisor. We will then send you all of the documents which we receive from our partner so that you can apply for your visa.
  • Once you have successfully completed the application process, we will send you the booking confirmation and invoice. Depending on the project, you may receive an invoice from us before your internship has been confirmed. In the next stage, we can then help you to book your flights, choose the best possible insurance policy and take the next steps in the planning process.
  • You will also be provided with important information about your internship and the country you’re going to before your internship begins.
  • You should also contact us if you have found an internship on your own and your place has been confirmed. Get in touch and we will help you to get your visa. We can provide this service for internships in the USA. Details about the application process for each individual internship are available on the internship’s webpage. We are happy to help if you have any questions.

Preparation

Preparing for your journey

Flight/transfer

The price of the programme does not include travel to your internship. If you need help booking a flight, we will happily put you in contact with a travel agency which works with us on a regular basis. We are also more than happy to help you organise transfers from and to the airport. You should also bear in mind that travel allowance may be available from different organisations.

Visa

You may need to apply for a visa, depending on your destination and how long you intend to stay there. Please be aware that getting a visa not only involves additional costs, but can also take a significant amount of time. Please get in touch if you need any information about the rules for a particular country.

Insurance

You must arrange appropriate health, accident and liability insurance to cover your stay overseas. We recommend contacting your insurance provider. The team at NATUCATE can also help you find a policy which is appropriate for you.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations will be required before travelling to certain countries. The Foreign Office website has information about which vaccines are required for which country. You should also contact a medical professional who specialises in travel medicine to find out which vaccinations they would recommend. Some insurance providers may cover the cost of vaccinations.

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