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The Programme

About the programme

The SharkWise Project Internship is based in Umkomaas, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and is aimed at young students wanting hands-on experience in marine biology, focusing on shark research.


The internship costs R30 000 (ca EUR 1,700) per month for 3 months.

The program includes:

  • 12 dives per month in the Aliwal Shoal MPA.

  • Diving training.

  • Equipment care.

  • Marine biology fieldwork training.

  • Lectures provided by Dr Sara Andreotti.

What do the interns do?

The interns work with Masters and/or PhD students that are registered at Stellenbosch University. The interns assist with data collection for the postgraduate research.

Intern requirements

Interns are expected to have a passion for the natural world and have a hands on attitude towards academic research. Current or prior studies in the natural sciences are preferred. 

Active Research

Our interns will be assisting with the current postgraduate research:​

  • Genetic sampling.

  • Shark fin photo identification. 

  • Underwater photogrammetry.

  • Reef biodiversity assessment.

Get in touch!

Please forward your CV and a motivation letter if you would like to join us and do not hesitate to ask should you have any questions!

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