MantaWatch Internship Program

MIP Indonesia

Specifically designed for young marine conservationists and future leaders currently enrolled in marine conservation, research or management programs at universities in Indonesia.

MIP INTERNATIONAL

Professional development and training for exceptional students in fields related to marine conservation, research or management and enrolled in universities outside Indonesia.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

Practical skills, theoretical knowledge and the MantaWatch network.

Conserving

MantaWatch Interns receive targeted conservation training and work alongside MantaWatch’s conservation team. They plan and implement scientific dives, learn how to manage and analyse large datasets, and participate in seminars and discussions on contemporary marine conservation and sustainable development issues.

Collaborating

MantaWatch Interns learn how to work effectively with stakeholders to achieve conservation goals. From Marine and Fishery Agencies, to local schools and universities, to marine tourism operators and local communities. MantaWatch Interns develop the skills to promote collaboration and consensus.

Educating 

MantaWatch Interns are future leaders and ambassadors for marine conservation. Through training and practical experience, Interns learn how to communicate complex concepts effectively to a range of target audiences, whether international tourists, government officials, school children or fellow students.

The MantaWatch Internship Program (MIP) is a strategic investment in young marine scientists and future marine leaders, developed in partnership with Guy’s Trust.

MIP is specifically designed for students pursuing a career in marine conservation, research or management, and who are willing to make a long-term commitment to preserving and protecting our oceans.

MantaWatch Interns gain hands-on experience working within a manta ray research and conservation team, and develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for species and ecosystem conservation. The program emphasises diverse learning and experience objectives including:

  • Scientific diving;
  • Experimental design;
  • Data collection and management;
  • Fisheries and conservation management;
  • Citizen science;
  • Science communication;
  • Outreach and education;
  • Non-profit operations; and
  • Public speaking.

MantaWatch Interns are provided with a unique opportunity to:

  • Learn about manta rays and other threatened marine species and habitats;
  • Develop conservation skills and experience, while assisting MantaWatch and our partners to achieve conservation goals;
  • Help preserve and protect threatened marine species and habitats by working with local government agencies, NGOs, and other partners to address important conservation issues;
  • Meet and network with conservationists, researchers, agency personnel, marine tourism operators and other interns;
  • Become sources of information, mentors and Manta Ambassadors for others interested in marine conservation issues;
  • Obtain college credit (if approved by an accredited university).

Every year we award a small number of Guy Joseph MantaWatch Awards to exceptional students selected for the program. These fully funded scholarships are awarded in partnership with Guy’s Trust.

MEET THE MANTAWATCH ALUMNI

At the forefront of marine conservation and sustainable development.

Firmansyah Tawang

Firmansyah is a student of marine science at Kutai Timur Agricultural College. He has worked with the Indonesia Biodiversity Research Center to investigate coral reef diversity, monitored turtle populations with the Natural Resources Conservation Center of Berau, and participated in whale shark conservation efforts with the German international development agency GIZ, WWF-Indonesia, and Whale Shark […]


Revani Utami

Revani is a final year Marine Science and Technology student at Bogor Agricultural University. Her undergraduate research investigated the nesting habitats of green and hawksbill turtles. As a volunteer during the two-week Nusantara Jaya expedition Revani organized beach and village cleanups, delivered community training on waste disposal, and educated elementary school children about their local […]


Mutiara Dhitasari

Mutiara graduated with a B.Sc. Marine Science from the University of Padjadjaran. After successfully completing MIP-2015 she was selected to participate in a marine research expedition to southwest Maluku with the Institute for Marine Research and Observation. Mutiara was a member of the OSEANIK Scientific Diving Club and IMPACT (Independent Marine Protected Animal Community) at […]


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