Environmental Policy

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Environmental Policy


Interns with a passion for environmental conservation have the unique opportunity to join Archipelagos’ research team and work on essential projects related to key environmental protection issues, gaining experience in the real-world application of environmental law. Projects are varied and assigned according to experience and interest.

Project work is focused on the protection of critical habitats, such as seagrass meadows and coralligenous reefs, key species, e.g. marine mammals, and the reduction of harmful and destructive fishing practices. The reports produced as a result of this internship will outline harmful human impacts and how mitigation strategies may be implemented to conserve the marine environment.

Interns prepare legal documents and reports that are addressed to Greek, or EU authorities or to the UN, or for communication with legal experts and international NGOs. They may also be involved in writing content for websites aiming to raise public awareness. This material will be used to combat environmental crimes or to develop environmental management and conservation strategies.

Program Description

Research and legal analysis may include, but is not limited to:

  • EU fisheries legislation and Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fisheries.
  • Promoting the enforcement of existing EU and international legislation for the protection of protected habitats (eg. Seagrass meadows and coralligenous reefs).
  • Combating the illegal trade of endangered plants and animals.
  • Combating environmental crimes, pollution incidents and the destruction of natural habitats and wildlife.
  • Shipping, ship traffic and maritime accidents.
  • Uncontrolled use of live ammunition by the armed forces which pose a threat to public health and wildlife.
  • Developing management schemes for fisheries protected areas.

Applicant profile

This internship program is available to applicants who have a background in environmental law and policy, or in marine sciences.

Applicants must be able to work both independently and as part of a dynamic, multicultural, multidisciplinary team.

Additional skills required:

  • Ability to write legal reports and/or policy papers.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a dynamic, multicultural, multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • High standard of work.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos’ conservation efforts.
  • Motivation to live in a small island community in simple facilities and to be adaptable to life onboard Archipelagos’ research vessels.

Additional Information

Internship duration normally ranges between 3 - 12 months, although shorter or longer internship periods may be arranged to cover the needs of groups or individuals.

Archipelagos’ research bases and stations are in the Eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos and Lipsi as well as onboard the research vessels. Interns often move between research bases and boats depending on where the surveys will take place.

As a non-profit research institute, the internships we offer are unpaid. This educational/research experience requires a monthly fee of 650 euro to cover living expenses, the cost of training, use of research equipment and travelling with the research vessels, use of the office facilities, as well as insurance.
For internships of less than 3 months in duration the participation fees are raised to 780 euro per month.

Please note that travel costs to and from the research base are not included in the fees and are covered by the participant.

Students and recent graduates and researchers are advised to search for possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the International Office/ Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.

To apply, please send your motivation letter, your CV, a copy of your resume, cover letter and one reference letter (if available) to [email protected]