Mexico Marine Conservation Short Term Internship

Company : GVI
Location : Puerto Morelos
Duration: 4 weeks to 3 months
Approx Costs: 3000+ to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Kickstart your career in marine conservation on this internship. Gain PADI certifications while diving in the spectacular waters of Mexico to collect valuable data on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef and marine life.


  • Earn your PADI Advanced Open Water qualification
  • Opportunity to complete courses offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States 
  • Access to a job portal 
  • Dive while working to preserve the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest ecosystem of its kind
  • Gain skills & qualifications necessary for a career in conservation 
  • Earn your PADI Coral Reef Research Diver, a unique specialty offered only through completion of this program

More Information

Travel to Mexico and work alongside local authorities on the preservation of the Mexico Caribbean's Marine Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest ecosystems globally. The project goals are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 14, Life Below Water. 

Interns will be PADI dive trained in order to effectively complete necessary data collection on the coral reef without causing any damage. Upon completion of this internship, you will receive your PADI Open Water (8wks+), PADI Advanced Open Water and the unique specialty PADI Coral Reef Researcher.

Participate in surveys that work to establish the overall health of the reef; maintain a coral nursery which involves growing coral fragments to replant them onto the local reef, assist with beach clean ups to minimize marine plastic pollution and immerse with the local community by conducting environmental education workshops. 

Interns are required to complete weekly assignments and host leadership days. While on program, interns are supported by a dedicated mentor.

You will be motivated to generate new solutions and propose new elements to improve contribution to conservation of coral reefs in Mexico. 

This internship includes three online courses which must be completed in order to obtain a certificate offered in partnership with the University of Richmond in the United States:

  • Marine Conservation
  • Leadership Training
  • Career Development 

After successful completion of this internship, you will be offered two career coaching sessions as well as gain access to a job portal. 

Career Internship

Are you looking to pursue a career in conservation? Why not upgrade to a career internship.

The career upgrade offers you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by working with partner orginisations in multiple locations. This combination of having a virtual experience  on top of on the ground experience are qualities that are highly sought after by employers.  

Do you have an independent research topic to complete? Why not upgrade to an research internship.

Gain valuable experience and collect data for a dissertation or thesis. This program offers virtual check ins with a research supervisor who has extensive experience and credentials in this sector. As a research intern, your main focus will be collecting or analyzing data and writing a paper. 

Job Guarantee

For both the Career & Research internship, we offer a job guarantee for those who join for a minimum of 6 months with a 50% cash back guarantee (terms and conditions apply). Get in touch for more information!

Costs / Benefits

Since we opened our doors in 1998, we have spent over 65% of all funds directly on our projects. It is our mission to support field operations in the long term. Rather than abandon programs that recruit fewer volunteers we strategically invest from our fully staffed sites to help maintain our presence across the globe. The remaining 35% that is not directly invested in our programs covers the cost of volunteer recruitment, the operations of our head office.

Cost for the program by duration:
4 weeks - £4,295
6 weeks - £5,145
8 weeks - £6,095
10 weeks - £7,045
12 weeks - £7,895
14 weeks - £8,495
16 weeks - £9,445
18 weeks - £9,795
20 weeks - £10,595
22 weeks - £11,395
24 weeks - £12,295


- PADI Open Water Certified
- 18+
- English
- Good physical fitness

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