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SharkWise Project Intern Performing Laser Measurements on a Blacktip Shark
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The SharkWise Project

A fully immersive marine biology internship programme based in South Africa.


Dive into an unforgettable
shark experience!

The SharkWise Project Marine Internship is based in Umkomaas, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Our internship is tailored to give students and passionate ocean lovers the hands-on field experience needed to start a successful career in marine biology. The interns pay a program fee to cover the boat expenses, fuel, accommodation, and equipment for continuous data collection. While the interns gain knowledge and experience in collecting scientific data, they also assist with the fieldwork of Masters and PhD students from Stellenbosch University.  Join us for an unparalleled journey into the depths of marine discovery!

Marine Internship

Welcome to the SharkWise Project Marine Internship, situated in breathtaking South Africa! Our marine internship invites you to explore Aliwal Shoal, one of the top shark diving sites in the world, through the lens of a field scientist. Our program combines hands-on experience, cutting-edge research, and a dedicated team working towards a sustainable future for our oceans. Explore the logistics of the internship, get to know the team, read about the research projects we're currently engaged in, and consider this your invitation to join our team at Aliwal Shoal. Together, let's make waves in marine conservation!

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Our Research Station

Our research station is nestled in the coastal beauty of Umkomaas, a small town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. We conduct our research on the Aliwal Shoal Hope Spot, a hotspot for marine megafauna and a bucket list spot for enthusiastic scuba divers! Aliwal Shoal has an unparalleled diversity of marine megafauna, featuring whales, dolphins, manta rays and an abundance of sharks. This underwater destination serves as our classroom, providing a unique setting for interns to explore and contribute to marine conservation.

Ways to Support Our Mission

You can support the SharkWise Project in various ways to further our marine conservation efforts. Consider donating to fund essential research equipment, sponsor scholarships for aspiring marine enthusiasts to join our team or share your skills and second-hand diving equipment. Even a simple act, like engaging with us on social media by liking and sharing our posts, goes a long way. Your support will contribute to the future co-existence of sharks and humans.

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Our Partners and Support

A heartfelt tribute to our partners and supporters at the SharkWise Project! Your commitment to marine conservation and dedication to our cause have been the driving force behind our successes. With gratitude, we acknowledge your pivotal role in preserving our oceans and fostering a sustainable future. Thank you for being the backbone of the SharkWise Project's mission!

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SharkWise Project Intern with a Blacktip shark on Aliwal Shoal

“The only word I would use to describe my experience at the SharkWise Project is 'life-changing'. It was an incredible experience that I would do again in a heartbeat and recommend to anyone. Besides learning so much in the field of marine biology, I discovered a fascinating world that was completely different from my own. I saw breathtaking places and met amazing and welcoming people. I think it is the perfect experience for anyone who loves sharks, the ocean and adventure.”

Enrico Federici, Intern (2023)

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