• Greece

Program Details

Year Round
Weekly Hours
  • At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of marine, environmental, geographical and/or related sciences; experience in identification of fish, invertebrates or marine flora preferred; experience in snorkeling, diving or kayaking


Price Details
*As a non-profit organization Archipelagos cannot cover the living and working cost of the interns. Therefore, all interns will need to cover the monthly placement fees of 650 euros. This covers accommodation, full board, use of equipment, use of the research boats, transport for working purposes, Greek language lessons.

Students and recent graduates are advised to explore possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the Finance / International Relations / Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.

*Travelling costs are NOT included and are covered by the participant.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals Wifi
Jun 22, 2018
Apr 19, 2023
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About Program

A research internship in coastal biodiversity and invasive species will explore a wide range of applicable topics.
For almost 20 years, Archipelagos has been monitoring the biodiversity of shallow, littoral zone ecosystems of the eastern Aegean Sea. The data collected allows us to get an understanding of local conditions, ecosystem changes, processes and threats.

Projects have a wide range of focus, including:
• Conducting biodiversity assessments of fish, invertebrates and algae, according to international protocols
• Collecting data on invasive species via underwater visual census surveys and questionnaires in order to understand the factors influencing the species distribution as well as the impacts on the ecosystem
• Creating GIS maps which provide an overview of species distribution
• Determining impacts of the factors threatening protected species and ecosystems using bio-indicator species
• Experimental installation of artificial reefs and sustainable mooring systems

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Yes, I recommend this program

My experience as a marine ecology intern

I had an amazing time in Lipsi with Archipelagos ! It was a really unique experience and it allowed me to gain skills on the field and a lot of knowledge. Even if the communication was a little bit hard sometimes with the Archi crew, I am very happy I could be a part of the team for a few months. I met amazing people from all over the world, I expended my horizons and my ambitions. It feels great to be part of a NGO that fights for environmental protection ! And the Sanctuary is such an amazing place
Thank you for everything !

  • Diversity of people we meet
  • Discovering new environments and species
  • Working with the aim of helping the environment
  • Communication with the staff can be hard
  • Accomodation isn't the best
  • The price can be high if we don't have exterior help with the funding
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Yes, I recommend this program

I had an exciting internship!

I am glad about the experiences I could make at Archipelagos in the Marine Ecology Team. I came with a big interest for sciences, but I had no knowledge on how to conduct research or how to work scientifically. However, I was treated like every other intern and was even trusted with a project. During my 12 weeks internship I learned loads: I could get experience in scientific writing and learned about ecology. I learned how it is to be responsible for a project, to plan it and to perform it. Furthermore, I was able to improve my English and presentation skills as well as to be more spontaneous, as during your internship you can not plan everything. The time passed by so fast and I met many great people from all over the world.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Stay spontaneous. Maybe inform yourself before your internship which projects would interest you and which of them are doable or already carried out. Also during your internship try to involve yourself in a lot of different projects so that you get a better over all experience. Enjoy the sun!
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