For the last two decades, Archipelagos has been dedicated to marine research and conservation. The conservation efforts of Archipelagos Institute can only be successful when shared with the local communities and the general public. Effective communication, through media, builds relationships both with the local community and with the general public. Media is an invaluable tool in depicting the biodiversity of the Aegean, as well as highlighting local and global environmental issues.
Archipelagos' Media Team creates material on biodiversity, environmental conservation and public health issues through various platforms, with the goal of raising awareness and effecting change. This internship will be mostly office work, but interns have the opportunity to participate in surveys for documentation purposes. Depending on interests and skill sets, interns will be involved with a variety of projects including:
Wildlife and Landscape Photography for:
Photographing bird, reptilian, amphibian, and terrestrial mammal species
Photographing the various research and conservation activities carried out by Archipelagos teams, by participating in boat-based as well as land-based surveys and terrestrial biodiversity surveys
Photographing the varied landscape of the Eastern Aegean Islands
Assisting members of the research teams with basic photography and editing techniques
Nature Video / Film Production for:
Creating and editing footage of the various research and conservation projects carried out by Archipelagos teams, by participating in boat-based as well as land surveys and terrestrial biodiversity surveys
Creating and editing footage of marine wildlife (e.g. dolphins, turtles), using both standard and underwater cameras
Creating and editing footage of terrestrial wildlife (e.g. birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals), combining the use of standard digital cameras with wildlife camera traps
Showcasing the varied marine and terrestrial landscapes of the Aegean Islands
Assisting members of the research teams with basic filming and editing techniques
Scientific Illustration of Flora and Fauna for:
Creating scientific illustrations of bird, reptilian, amphibian, and terrestrial mammal species
Creating scientific illustrations of terrestrial plant, shrub and tree species
Creating scientific illustrations of marine mammals, fish, invertebrates, as well as marine flora
Creating scientific illustrations for informational material used in public awareness activities
Media and Public Relations for:
Creating press releases for newspapers, online media, TV and radio
Increasing awareness of local and global environmental issues through social media
Promoting and encouraging environmental conservation on an individual level through social media
Creating informational material and updates regarding Archipelagos
Expanding Archipelagos’ partnerships through networking
These projects provide field-work and hands-on research opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students who have achieved a bachelor’s or master’s degree, and who are looking to gain experience outside of the classroom. The skills and expertise acquired through this internship are useful towards a professional career in art, communications, education, design, or related fields.
This internship program is available to applicants who have completed at least one year of college or university studies in the field of art, communications, education, design, or related fields. Applicants must have a personal portfolio showcasing skills in photography, editing, illustrating, or graphic design.
Applicants must be able to work both independently and as part of a dynamic, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team.
Additional skills required:
Excellent organizational and time-management skills
Capacity for accurate and consistent data collection and analysis
Ability to write scientific reports and papers
Fluency in English
Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos’ conservation efforts
Motivation to live in a small island community in simple facilities
Normal placement duration ranges between 3 - 12 months, although shorter or longer placements can be tailored to the needs of groups and individuals.
Archipelagos’ research bases and stations in the Eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos and Lipsi as well as onboard the research vessels.
As a non-profit research institute, these internships are not paid. This educational experience also requires a monthly fee of 650 euro to cover living expenses, the cost of training, use of research equipment and research vessels, and other expenses like Wi-Fi and insurance. For shorter duration placement than 3 months the participation fees are 780 euro per month.
Please note that travel costs to and from the research center are not included in the fees and are covered by the participant. This fee also contributes to the overall operations of the institute and allows Archipelagos to continue conducting important research.
Students and recent graduates are advised to explore possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the Finance / International Relations / Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.