How It Works
We accept interns on a continual rolling basis. We will not take more than 3 interns at a given time as we want to enhance the intern and research experience through a one-on-one mentorship approach to ensure interns gain an experience that provides a strong foundation in scientific research, and conservation and management. We encourage interested individuals to contact us promptly as slots are limited and fill up fast. As research projects will change, we will be in contact with interns prior to arrival in regards to the project work you should expect to conduct during your internship.
Interns are expected to put in about 30 hours of work each week during their stay, assisting CRC with all current research projects, which include a variety of scientific fields (population biology, ecology, community ecology, parasitology, eco-toxicology, phylogenetics, etc.). Interns should expect to participate in community outreach, as well as working with one of our several partners here in Belize. If interested, you can request to spend time at some of our partners’ facilities as well (at no extra cost).
Long-term interns (staying with us for more than 1 month) with specific research interests are encouraged to develop small attainable projects to complete during their internship. We will work with interns to gather and analyze data for potential publication following their internship. We also have various projects that are non-crocodile related and welcome interns whose research interests may include ecosystems or species that are not our primary focus.
Prior to arriving, we will send interns a Croc 101 guide to help incoming interns familiarize themselves with a foundation of information about data collection and species ID. It is our expectation that interns review introductory materials to come in ready to participate and get the most out of their experience.
Please inform us if there is something particular that you would like to learn during this intern apprenticeship as we want you to gain and learn as much as possible to further your interest and scientific foundation.
- Accommodation at intern Hatchling House, field lodging when we travel.
- Travel to and from field sites.
- Research equipment for CRC internship activities.
- Personalized, one-on-one training on wildlife research techniques, data collection and organization, tropical ecology, wildlife handling, community engagement and education, and much more!
- Opportunities to work with partner organizations in Belize and Central America.
*You are responsible for your travel to Belize, meals, and fun money for exploring and experiencing Belize outside of CRC activities*
***THE CRC UNDERSTANDS THE IMPACT THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK HAS HAD FINANCIALLY ON THOSE INTERESTED IN FURTHERING THEIR SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND THROUGH INTERNSHIPS. AS A RESULT, WE ARE LOWERING OUR INTERNSHIP FEE. FOR THOSE INQUIRING AND ACCEPTED FOR AN INTERN APPRENTICESHIP DURING JUNE 1-NOV 30, THE FEE WILL BE THE FOLLOWING:
2 week fee: $1250US
1 month fee: $2000US
Internship inquiries after Dec 1, 2020:
2 week: $1,900US
1 month: $3,100US
Internship program fees are used to cover all CRC activities during your internship, your accommodation, travel, training, equipment and supplies used for research activities (10% of cost go towards CRC in-country conservation and management efforts).
Longer internships can be worked out on a case by case basis, and interns interested in long-term stay with the CRC should enquire about costs specific to their internship. Interested interns from Central America and the Caribbean should also contact the CRC directly to enquire about regional internship pricing.
Internship periods are secured with at non-refundable 50% deposit, and 100% of the balance is due 60 days before the start of the internship.
- 60 days prior to internship start: full refund of any funds other than the deposit.
- 30 – 60 days prior: 50% refund.
- Less than 30 days: no refund