Location
  • Online
Length
1 to 8 weeks

Program Details

Timeframe
Spring Summer
Age Min.
16

Pricing

Price Details
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Jun 29, 2020
Aug 26, 2021

About Program

Looking for a way to make your quarantine summer productive? Our virtual internships can help you land your dream job in an International “for good” industry. Spend your summer flicking through images of baby sea turtles or analyzing drone shots of coral reefs! Keep six feet of distance while fundraising for a women’s empowerment organization. Teach English to social entrepreneurs from the comfort of your home. Embark on a GVI Virtual Internship and gain experience working with governments, NGOs, and social enterprises in locations around the world. You’ll also get daily one-on-ones with an assigned mentor, and weekly masterclasses delivered by local experts.

Once you’ve carried out your internship, you can take your project to future employers along with a recommendation from your mentor, new skills, a global peer network, and hours of experience working on projects!

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Program Highlights

  • Choose from one of the eight conservation and international development fields
  • Complete real-world projects to show employers
  • Gain verifiable skills
  • Attend a masterclass lecture series
  • Build your global professional network

Program Reviews

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  • Support 10
  • Platform 9.6
  • Value 9.6
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Ailee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

100% would recommend

I have just completed the Wildlife Conservation virtual Internship which included a course in careers in sustainable development and wildlife conservation. I was partnered with an organisation in Laos who are creating an education centre about the illegal wildlife trade. My group and I got to work with the organisation through zoom meetings and did research and created resources for them to use in the centre. I really learnt a lot on this course, not only about conservation but also about Laos and the culture there, careers advice and also about myself. It’s great because you know you are making a difference to the organisations you are helping.

I would really recommend this program especially to those starting out in conservation but also to those looking for a career change or even those who would just like to make a difference! I can’t wait to join another program in the future.

8 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Ailee! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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Maëlle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Loved it !

I am so glad I did the Wildlife Conservation Virtual Internship with GVI. I received constant support from my supervisor and had the opportunity to meet a lot of people and work with amazing partners from Seychelles and South Africa.
By working on 2 different projects, I truly felt that I was being useful to the partners and that my work would help make an impact on conservation.
I have definitely learnt a lot from this experience and I can not wait to join a volunteer programme with GVI soon !

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
When I first discovered the project that I was gonna be working on and all the data I had to analyse, which I had never done before, I felt overhelmed. But with the constant reassuring and help from my supervisor, I managed to overcome it
5 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Maëlle! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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Robyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent and diverse program

I really enjoyed my 4 week virtual internship in Wildlife Conservation. I am currently off work and wanted to get involved with some hands on volunteering during my time off. Unfortunately due to Covid I could not travel, so I opted for the virtual internship instead.

The program really did exceed expectations! I got involved with two really interesting projects with two different charities. It was great to meet first hand (via zoom!) with the owners and staff working for these charities and my intern supervisor was always on hand to provide strong support throughout. The projects were really rewarding, knowing that the work that you were doing was helping to support the charities.

Aside from the projects I also completed two online courses that were provided with the internship, these were very interesting and had a good mix of reading, videos, quizzes and activities. Another highlight for me were the masterclasses provided every two weeks, where an industry expert would give a talk on their subject area. These were extremely interesting and it was great be able to ask them questions!

Other benefits of the program included networking events where you had an opportunity to meet with other volunteers and discuss current world topics. And last but not least, the careers workshops which provided useful information on how to find your ideal career and were also ran interactively.

As you can see the internship isn't simply just doing some work for a charity, it includes a lot of resources and the majority of it is ran interactively which is a huge benefit as it is more personalised to you! Not only is what your doing rewarding because you are contributing to the greater good, but you will also gain a lot of personal development from the program!

What would you improve about this program?
Meeting with the charity partners as soon as possible. The project brief is great to get you stared, but you really understand the needs and requirements in more depth once you have spoken directly with the charities.
6 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hey Robyn, thanks for your great review! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your time with us as much as you did. Your hard work and efforts have certainly impacted your project in a meaningful way. Please do keep on spreading your love for GVI. And obviously, we would love to see you registered for some of our other courses or on base soon!

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Charlotte
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing virtual experience !

Enjoying my education and passionate about international development but unsure of where it could all take me in a career, I decided to take on a summer of interning with GVI. As a degree-level student of foreign languages, I knew I wanted to travel but my experience with GVI has given me the opportunity to realise where my passion in supporting remote communities lies. I completed an amazing virtual internship collaborating with two organisations in Peru and Nepal who do incredibly important work for their target communities, supporting them while allowing them to not only maintain their independence but to develop it further by strengthening their current skills. I found that through every part of the GVI internship I found myself learning more about myself and the world and I could really see the difference I was making to the lives of the individuals I worked on projects supporting. I’m really looking forward to travelling to Mexico to complete an in-field community development internship and making a noticeable difference!

7 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Charlotte! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses or in-person on base in the future!

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Leigh
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great First Step Towards a Career in Conservation

I have just completed a virtual Wildlife Conservation with GVI and had an amazing experience. I chose the part time eight week programme, as I was also working full time. Everyone who I met during the process were extremely helpful and passionate. The courses that I studied were in Wildlife Conservation and Careers in Sustainable Development. They were well organised and engaging, and could be completed at my own pace. I was assigned a research project in the Seychelles on Aldabra Tortoises, and I really loved the work. Even remotely, I gained a vast amount of kowledge on the ecology and behaviour of the species, and contributed to ongoing studies currently being carried out in the field. I would highly recommend a GVI programme to anyone aiming to begin a career in Conservation.

What would you improve about this program?
I wasn't able to attend some of the networking events. The events for both of my courses took place at the same time.
11 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Leigh! Thanks for your detailed review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses or virtual internships in the future!

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Sophia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

GVI Online Internship

Going into GVI, I was uncertain about what career path I wanted to follow. I have always been somewhat drawn to working with the environment, but didn't have much experience. Their online Climate Crisis and Sustainability internships allowed me to partner with two unique South African organizations where I got to learn more about the South African school system and about how waste is processed or reused. I work a full time job, so it was nice to be able to space out my research for each internship over the course of several months and then have a little extra time to complete the courses. This program helped confirm that I wanted to continue working with the environment and sustainability, and I plan to go back to school for master in public health (MPH) in global environmental health in the fall of 2021.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Due to COVID, I wasn't able to travel and do an internship through GVI in a foreign country. With that being said, I still learned a bit about the South African culture and felt as though I had an impact. If you're a little nervous to go out of the country, but still want to get some work and experience in a foreign country, this is an amazing experience that you can do.
20 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Sophia! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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Isabelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience

I absolutely loved doing the GVI online internship. I did the marine conservation one and learnt a lot about not only marine conservation but how to get a job in the sector, skills that will help me get there and one of a kind opportunities with NGOs. I really enjoyed all the zoom calls where I took part in discussions, networking sessions, career workshops and masterclasses. The best part was the ability to work on a real life project with an NGO where I created 3 videos raising awareness for shark conservation with children, something that was really fun and such a good opportunity, especially when we are unable to travel.

What would you improve about this program?
There could have been a slightly higher level of content on the online course however I am not sure if this would apply to many people as I am currently studying marine biology at university so already knew a lot on the subject. For someone new to marine conservation there is a great wealth of knowledge!
21 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Isabelle! Thanks for your review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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Hashikka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing

My GVI virtual internship experience was second to none! As someone who is right at start of her career journey I had a lot of anxieties about where I fit in my chosen career field as the options just seemed endless. GVI made this experience that much less stressful by giving me the opportunity to dive into the working world of Wildlife Conservation (my chosen career programme, although there are many others available for one to explore!). I got an insider's perspective on the everyday ins and outs of some of the amazing partnered organisations making a huge impact in the wildlife conservation space. Even better than that, was being able to actually get stuck in and help them through various assigned projects. The projects are tailored to you and your specific interests. I requested a varying range of tasks and that's exactly what I got. This enabled me to really challenge myself and clearly point out where my strengths and weaknesses lie, as well as identify what type of work I really like and gravitate towards. The staff at GVI are incredibly supportive and really are the backbone of this whole programme, through regular check-ins with your supervisor, group meetings and project reviews to help you reflect on the work you're doing, you really are getting a bang for your buck. They help to answer any queries, doubts, or worries you may have along the way. Due to the amazing support from my supervisor, I felt dramatically less anxious about my work and had a very enjoyable working and learning experience. Another highlight of this virtual programme is that you get to meet so many likeminded impact-driven individuals from all corners of the world and discuss endless global topics as well as have a great laugh with some of them, GVI really made all the interns feel comfortable and did a great job in creating a very open and friendly environment. The sense of fulfilment I got upon completion of some of these projects were unmatched! I would highly recommend GVIs virtual internship to anyone looking to start a career which at its core is about making meaningful long-term positive impacts and that leaves you feeling like you are truly part of a global family. I believe the best way of learning is through doing, and GVI gives you the opportunity to do just that!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Whilst on a zoom call with my supervisor based in South Africa a buffalo decided to pay a visit. That was a very unexpected but pleasant surprise.
20 people found this review helpful.
Response from GVI

Hi Hashikka! Thanks for your super detailed review. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed this program! It certainly sounds like you made the most of it. We'd love to see you registered for some of our other courses in the future!

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