Published: January 11, 2020

Location: Benguerra Island, Mozambique


Closing Date: Ongoing

Marine Research Internship

Bazaruto Centre for Scientific Studies (BCSS) is an innovative platform, hosting the first permanent ocean observatory focused on multi-ecosystem time series research in Africa.

Through research with BCSS, you will be able to dive in one of the world’s most diverse coral reef ecosystems, supporting over 2000 species of fish, and witness wildlife behaviour such as open ocean shark feeding frenzies, turtle breeding as well as the migration of humpback whales and hammerhead sharks.

The BCSS Ocean Observatory offers volunteers a once-in-a-lifetime experience to explore and observe this incredible setting with world-leading scientists and environmentalists.

The internship

Become part of the science team at BCSS. Experienced, professional and skilled scientists will welcome you and involve you in the marine research they are working on from the time of your arrival. Learn about the pressing issues that the marine world is facing today, and how marine science is crucial in understanding how vulnerable ecosystems work – and how we can work to protect sea life. Immerse yourself in the world of scientific data, microscopic findings and exciting off-shore expeditions. Investigate and find migratory patterns of marine life and their hotspots in the Bazaruto Archipelago. During your internship you will:

  • Engage with professional marine research and learn about the BCSS Ocean Observatory
  • Assist and work together with a team of leading scientists
  • Be mentored by the Research Manager and Chief Scientist
  • Join and help with all volunteer program activities
  • Conduct data during fieldwork expeditions
  • Learn how to use diving as a technical tool for marine research
  • Help with organizing operational oceanography
  • Coordinate research projects together with the science team
  • Possibly co-author BCSS’s scientific publications
  • Build valuable relationships in the marine science industry

Cost of the internship 

  • 4 weeks – $2100
  • 8 weeks – $3700
  • 12 weeks – $5200

If you would like to complete an internship as part of a University program or in exchange of University credits, please see how many credits equal in terms of time spent at BCSS – 4 weeks = 6 CFU, 8 weeks = 12 CFU, 12 weeks = 18 CFU.

The Bazaruto Archipelago

The Bazaruto Archipelago consists of five idyllic islands: Bazaruto, Benguerra, Magaruque, Santa Carolina and Bangue and is home to a population of approximately 3,000 people living in traditional fishing villages. The islands consist of wide and lengthy white sand beaches, lakes, wetlands, mangrove forests and large, 300-foot-high sand dunes which dominate the landscape.

An Ocean Observatory is a marine network and a platform that allows us to follow the pulse of the ocean through a combination of environmental sensors, measurements, and surveys to understand changes in the environment using time-series techniques. You will be joining a unique initiative in the Indian Ocean and one of the first permanent multi-ecosystem observatories in Africa.

During your stay at BCSS you will assist at the Ocean Observatory and learn first-hand from our resident scientists about pressing environmental issues and what can be done about them. Learn more about the programs we offer, and how to gain valuable core skills that can enhance your life experience, and potential career prospects.

All internships have access to all program material as per volunteer participants. Every participant will receive an end of program activity report and an official reference from Lead Scientist/Operations Manager/Dive Manager. Both volunteers and interns receive 20% off the (optional) PADI Open Water course at the PADI 5-star BCSS Dive Centre.

How to Apply

To apply for this internship please email and express your interest stating the program you would like to apply for and we will then send you an application form.