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Ecological Restoration & Biodiversity

Virtual ExchangeVirtual Exchange | Virtual Internships Kenya

Overview

Working alongside an ecological restoration non-profit organization called Brackenology, interns will be introduced to some of Kenya’s most important ecological landscapes such as indigenous forests, the Great Rift Valley, and the iconic Maasai Mara. Interns will engage with a number of local agents, including community-based organizations that are committed to the protection, preservation, and promotion of the aforementioned spaces. Work with Brackenology will involve, amongst other things, creating name tags for the trees, the classification and analysis of data collected by various camera traps (for example on small mammals, birds, and butterflies), and contributing to an inventory of forest biodiversity.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire and articulate hard and soft skills
  • Understand the applications of professional competencies in the African context
  • Connect insights gained during study abroad to wider future career objectives

Key Skills

EDU Africa interns are involved in project and/or activity-based engagements with their host company, and there is a strong focus on the development and application of key skills. These include:

  • Intercultural competencies
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • Problem-solving
  • Communication skills
  • Virtual professional competencies

While project-specific work with the host organization forms the bulk of the internship, our internships also include facilitated group sessions where these key skills are foregrounded and international and cross-disciplinary networking with interns across our programs is encouraged. While embarking on project work, interns will engage with several context-specific professionals in order to enhance their professional experience.

At least one African intern will be included per three international interns on a program.

The skill level required of interns for particular programs will be outlined according to the project work involved.

Length of Internship

8 weeks, 80 hours (10hours per week)

Cost

USD 985

Dates

23 May to 18 July 2022

Pre-requisites

  • Interns should be enrolled in a post-secondary institution. A background in wildlife or ecology studies would be advantageous. Students looking towards gaining professional and/or research experience in ecological restoration would benefit from this internship.
  • Students must, at the time of application and program participation, be enrolled in a degree program at a tertiary institution
  • Participants need to be culturally aware and open-minded to thrive in this program
  • All lectures and tutorials are conducted in English; hence a good command of the English language is essential
  • Access to reliable wifi and a computer that can access the Zoom platform

How to Apply

Please ensure that you review the pre-requisites for your Virtual Internships before completing the application form.

Applicants will be contacted within 7 days of their application and the final determination will be communicated soon thereafter.

The final determination will be communicated soon afterward.

A 10% deposit will be due on confirmation of acceptance.

We welcome and encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds.

Applications close on the 1st of May.

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