Field Research & Wildlife Internship, South Africa | African Impact

Field Research and Wildlife Internship, South Africa

Join our research team in the Greater Kruger Area to gain professional experience on a conservation-driven research initiative and wildlife internship. This unique personal development opportunity will allow you to design-your-own field research placement around an African species of your choosing.

ON THIS WILDLIFE INTERNSHIP, YOU'LL GET TO:

  • Customize your experience and study one species of your choosing in-depth throughout your wildlife internship
  • Live in one of the most beautiful areas of South Africa, home to the ‘Magnificent 7’; lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, buffalo, wild dog and cheetah
  • Gain practical experience in wildlife research methods, including wildlife and habitat mapping
  • Expand your existing knowledge and gain new insight into the behavior of your chosen species
  • Learn how to use key research software and collect data for use in your own studies
  • Analyze raw data and help turn it into useful reports for land and wildlife management
  • Get involved in camera-trap surveys for the species of your choosing and update databases for use across reserves in the area
  • Be supported by our Internship Mentor and Professional Development Coach to help you realize and achieve your objectives
  • Work alongside a team of international and local experts, as well as fellow interns and volunteers

RECENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

WILD DOG

Thanks to intern Manon, we now have over 60 identikits of wild dogs, across multiple different packs. This has transformed our data collection for the Endangered Wildlife Trust as we can now easily determine which pack we are seeing out in the field and use photos to identify which individuals in that pack are present, and which are not.

CHEETAH

Thanks to intern Jurre, we have much greater insight into the behavior of two cheetahs who were recently reintroduced to a nearby reserve. Monitoring them via game drives and GPS data, Jurre was able to show whether temperature and rain affected the cheetah’s movements, as well as how much of the reserve each cheetah was using. This is the first research of its kind done in this reserve, so there’s plenty more to do.

LEOPARD

Thanks to intern Martina and many others, we will soon be able to determine the abundance and density of
leopards in the immediate area. Through camera trapping, incidental leopard sightings, and the use of an existing identification database, interns are able to statistically analyse this data using a capture-recapture model and work towards the greater goal of understanding the overall leopard population here.

About the Destination

During your Field Research and Wildlife Internship, you will stay at our program base in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa, a wildlife hotspot situated just 45-minutes from the world-famous Kruger National Park.

Surrounded by game reserves, the spacious thatched lodge boasts a large swimming pool and is situated on 18 hectares of land. This beautiful landscape serves as home to impala, warthog, bush pig, nyala and a great diversity of birdlife. Here can you dine, relax and socialize with fellow interns, volunteers and staff.

Whether you’re looking for gap-year travel, work experience or simply a career-break, this is an experience that will give you new perspectives, new friends, new skills and give you a glimpse into the beautiful world of the African wild. At weekends our team can help you organize day and over night trips to nearby attractions, including the world-famous Blyde River Canyon.

Dates & Rates

Our internship fee includes:
  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact intern home in the African bush – a cozy, safe and relaxed lodge shared by our interns, volunteers and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who are there to support you 24/7
  • Mentorship from our research manager
  • Full orientation, training and guidance from our team
  • Training in the basics of programs, such as Google Earth Pro and qGIS
Our internship fee excludes:
  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-placement activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry

Why do an internship with African Impact?

You will work directly within your chosen field, side-by-side an African Impact project, most of which have been running for over a decade. This means that you get to give back something while learning new skills, and live with our team of staff, interns and volunteers. Win-win.

Provide our local community partners direct support they would otherwise not receive, while also providing valuable, practical work experience for you (if you’re asked to make a cup of coffee, a refund is heading your way). Intern support is essential for growing, developing and monitoring our projects’ impact.

Gain deeper insight into your chosen field within the context of community development or conservation in Africa. This provides a truly unique and extraordinary way to enhance your resume.

Be guided and supported 24/7 by highly professional and experienced teams on the ground, as well as from the wider African Impact team. Welcome to next-level interning, where you will receive 3 individual mentors for personal development coaching, professional development mentoring and academic training.

Volunteer Reviews

“African Impact was nothing like I expected it to be, but that’s what made it so special. I never expected to become a part of a family that consisted of volunteers and staff from around the world. I never expected to gain an in-depth understanding for African wildlife and to be able to actively apply this new knowledge as I was out in the bush collecting data. I never expected to have such astonishing sightings of the diverse wildlife. And most of all, I never expected to understand and observe the impact research can have on African wildlife.”

Ali Weaver, USA

“I feel privileged to have been able to do the things I have done, the research work is so important and so to be able to contribute is amazing. I loved every minute of the game drives and the other research based work. It also has been incredible to have been involved with the community projects, as I felt this was very rewarding. Not only was the work aspect great, but so was the lodge itself and the staff within it. The staff at every level were amazing, some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.”

Liam Hicks, UK

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Optional Add-on Tour: 21-Day Kruger to Cape Town
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