Internship

You are a nature and animal lover? You want to get involved in a good cause while getting field experience? You are not afraid of long days of hiking in the forest and meeting lots of creepy crawlies?

Well, we might have the perfect internship for you!

Do an internship with ABConservation!

ABConservation has been working in the Philippines since 2017, focusing on scientific research, conservation action plans, and raising awareness about the environment. We regularely welcome international interns to take part in our research work.
Joining our team is experiencing international team-work!

For international students, please be aware that we are a small NGO. We cannot afford to provide a stipend for interns, and most of the costs (plane tickets, food, medicine, vaccines, …) will be at your expense.
Check out our list of vacancies and feel free to send us your resume and cover letter in English at inter@abconservation.org

For Filipino students from Palawan, we have a special agreement with the PSU to supervise you for Undergraduate Thesis, Masters Thesis or PhD. Feel free to contact the Research and Extension Office to be updated on available opportunities open to Palawan students. You can also contact us at contact.philippines@abconservation.org to make any project suggestions or Thesis proposals.

For students at the WPU, you can directly send us an email at contact.philippines@abconservation.org

Current vacancies

Young binturong- Ménagerie du jardin des plantes de Paris, France. Credit E. Baril

 

We are curently working on the list for 2023. You can send your spontaneous application with a cover letter and a CV in English à inter@abconservation.org

Previous interns experiences

Research study setup involving binturong trapping, tracking, and camera trap documentation in a locale in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Date: July 11 to August 20, 2022

Duration: 1.5 months
Location: Palawan, Philippines
Intern: Jabes Melki Boniao
Grade: Undergraduate (Midyear term - 3rd year going on to 4th year)

"I joined the scientific team just as they were going on their 3rd fieldwork excursion, which was focused on training for tree-climbing, cage setup, and general trekking and surveying of the study site in El Nido. Being in the field for 2 weeks with Aymeric, Joy, Rollyna, and Sylvia, I learned a lot not only in basic fieldwork activities of a researcher, but also in team building. After the first excursion, I was also exposed to the office work in the base office at Puerto Princesa, and all the important behind-the-scenes work that goes into this research study, such as administrative tasks and protocol-making. For my last two weeks, I am going back to the field for one and a half week, this time with the aim of additional transecting of the site and installation of the traps, after which I will finish up in the office. Overall, this internship opportunity is an amazing overall experience, involving not only pure fieldwork, but also other crucial tasks concerning the conduct of conservation studies."
This experience has only cemented my love for both research and the outside environment. 

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Preparing for the Bearcat Study Program implementation through research work in the office and fieldwork in the study site at El Nido, Palawan, as well as community exposure in Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Date: June 13 to August 13, 2022

Duration: 2 months
Location: Palawan, Philippines
Intern: Sylvia Fernandez
Grade: Undergraduate (4th-year student)

For my internship, I worked as a research assistant intern with the scientific team (Aymeric, Rollyna, Joy, and Jabes) to gather all the necessary information and experience we needed to begin the Bearcat Study Program (BSP) in El Nido. First, at the Puerto Princesa office, I also contributed to scientific tasks and to the team’s scientific reports, wherein we analyzed the ecology and potential presence of bearcats at the El Nido site. Then at El Nido, I joined the team for a 2-week fieldwork, where we trekked and surveyed the study site and trained for tree climbing and setting up the bearcat cage. Lastly, I also discovered a lot about the great community in Puerto Princesa as well as the conservation efforts that they have developed in the city. I was immersed in the city’s cultural and environment-related festivals (with Romain, Priscylia, and the scientific team), and I interviewed some representatives of ABConservation’s partner organizations about their perspectives on working in the conservation sector.
All in all, this internship has begun to teach me what it means to be an NGO researcher in the office and on the field, which I realized is no easy feat but is an amazing and fruitful learning experience that not many have the opportunity to have. I also learned a bit about what conservation means in the Puerto Princesa community, and how important local action and awareness of conservation are in order for endangered species like the binturong to thrive in its ecosystem.

Internship discovery

Date: June 30 to July 14, 2022

Duration: 2 weeks
Location: Palawan, Philippines
Intern: Emma and Ludivine
Grade: 5th year of veterinary school

Veterinary students in Lyon, we had the chance to realize a two weeks internship at ABConservation in Palawan. Thanks to Romain, we were able to discover the different activities related to our future job. During the first week, we met the veterinarians of CityVet, did artificial insemination of carabaos, visited the milk farm of Palawan, and participated in sterilization of dogs and cats. In our second week, we visited the Palawan Wildlife Rescue Center and a veterinary clinic; and finally we volunteered with ABConservation partnerships such as the Palawan Animal Welfare Foundation and Street Dog Sanctuary. Thanks to Romain we discovered the island of Palawan, its customs, its gastronomy, its beaches and its magnificent landscapes. This short internship was rich in discoveries, experiences and encounters !” 

Creating a camera-trapping protocol for the assessment of animal biodiversity in an area of Palawan Island, Philippines

Date: March to April 2019

Duration: 1 month
Location: Palawan, Philippines
Intern: Eléa Delsaux
Grade: Undergraduate (3rd year student)

“My job was first to prepare the field study by developing a camera trapping protocol, in order to assess the animal biodiversity of this area and to get confirmation of the presence of bearcats. Agathe was there to answer my questions and to guide me in that exercise. During my last week of internship, we went to El Nido to install camera traps in the new study site. I really loved being in the field, that was… awesome ! I was also able to follow all the work Agathe is undertaking. So I discovered the job of a researcher, all its aspects, and what it means to work for the preservation of a species. On top of that, Agathe also introduced me to Palawan and its culture, its beautiful places, its inhabitants… I not only fell in love with the binturong, but also with Palawan, its landscapes are more than gorgeous.” 

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French Office
57 rue Cuvier MNHN CP31
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Filipino Office
88 Paduga Road, Barangay Santa Monica, Puerto Princesa city
5300 Palawan
 

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