Scientific Internship

Marine Dynamics
August 23, 2019
Gansbaai, South Africa
Closing date



Marine Dynamics has been at the heart of innovative research and conservation in Gansbaai, home of The Marine Big 5 and Great white shark capital of the world, for over fifteen years.

Through our partnership with The Dyer Island Conservation Trust, our work has facilitated a wider understanding of Southern Africa’s great white sharks, African penguin, cape fur seals, humpback dolphins and more. In doing so, we have connected hundreds of thousands of international tourists with not only these incredible marine species, but with the community which calls Gansbaai Home.

Marine Dynamics Academy is the central hub to all our skills-based training programs. We offer a series of initiatives which are informed and continuously updated by the feedback we receive from our Alumni, Academic Institutes and our various commercial partners.

Each program has been designed to ensure that regardless of who you are and where you’re from, we can help turn your passion for the marine environment into measurable, employable skills and knowledge.

Our Scientific Internship consists of a series of exclusive, high level academic and field-based skills training modules for marine science undergraduates and recent graduates. You will work alongside experienced specialists who know our area and its wildlife better than anyone else, gaining a unique insight into the life histories of these incredible species.

The purpose of this training, is to equip you with skills and knowledge that will help you determine your own career path, whether you wish to study abroad or even host your very own marine research projects.

Your Experience

Our training covers a diverse range of skills based on academic and industry demand. You'll learn about and be responsible for great white shark identification and data logging, small shark tagging, cetacean surveys, Baited Remote Underwater Video deployment and more. In addition to these, you may also work with upcoming technologies such as 3D photogrammetry, helping us develop a unique archive of digital animal reconstructions.

As the Marine Dynamics Academy also hosts research projects by visiting scientists, you may have the opportunity to learn directly from individuals currently working in the field. Many of our Alumni return to host their own research projects, made possible by first completing our Scientific Internship:

Your training and responsibilities include*:

  • Great white shark biology, identification and population monitoring
  • Scientific authoring and professional development
  • Marine diversity assessment
  •  Scientific photography
  •  Science in ecotourism and marine guiding
  •  Small shark tagging
  • 3D Photogrammetry
  • And more…
    * Please note that your experience may differ from others, as training is always determined by current projects and environmental factors, such as weather and wildlife presence.

Other Activities

In addition to your duties on the program, we encourage everyone to maximise their time in South Africa with a range of additional activities. Marine Dynamics itself hosts scuba diving, great white shark cage diving, whale watching tours and more. We also organise visits to Cape Agulhas / Danger Point Lighthouse / Wine tasting / Klipgat Caves / Zip lining / Quad biking / Horse riding / visit to Panthera Africa / Stony Point penguin colony / Hiking / Kelp Diving
It is important to us, that every single person who joins Marine Dynamics Academy enjoys the most enriching, informative and authentically South African experience possible.


The vast majority of our interns are now either working in the field, attending University or hosting their own research projects. Everyone has provided us with feedback that has enabled us to develop further training modules and fine tune our experiences, based on how these disciplines are evolving.

2019 Programme fees are available on request

Programme costs excludes: Flights / Visas / Medical and Travel Insurance / Excess baggage / Lodging in Cape Town / Transfer from airport to Cape Town

Inclusions: Cape Town Transfers / Accommodation / Trips aboard commercial operations as an Assistant Biologist – option to go in the cage if time and space permits / Bedding / Bed linen washed weekly / Wifi / Two T-shirts and cap or beanie / Hoody
Free entrance to the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, either before/after your trip (let us know a few days in advance so that we can arrange this) / All trips on vessels / Training, presentations and conservation activities / use of bicycles / Food – basic breakfast.


Accommodation is at the Marine Volunteer Center with four cottages for volunteers and a house for interns. It is a shared sleeping arrangement. Bedding is provided and our water is safe to drink. All facilities have a mini kitchen, but most prefer to gather in the central kitchen with adjacent dining room and sitting room. There is a lecture room and work space as well as a pool where diving courses take place. There is an activity hall with weights and table tennis. Also enjoy a pool table and foosball and there is a variety of board games, Wi-Fi and satellite TV are available. The lodge is close to our base and whilst we have two mini buses that move volunteers daily, it is also an easy walk or cycle away. Recycling is a priority at the lodge.


We accept applications all year round from undergrads / graduates & fellow peers in the marine science / natural science fields.

Your Choice Makes A Difference.
Scientific Internships: Ph: +27 (0) 813685000



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