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.


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


Practical skills, theoretical knowledge and the MantaWatch network.


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.


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.


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.


At the forefront of marine conservation and sustainable development.

Rafid Shidqi

Rafid graduated with a B.Sc. Marine Science from Jenderal Soedirman University after successfully completing MIP-2016.

Sihar Aditia

I am an undergo undergraduate student from IPB University majoring Marine Science and Technology. I conduct my final project about the use of metabarcoding eDNA for searching biogeography and relative abundance of endemic species walking shark Halmahera. I have strong interest in conservation, specifically elasmobranch conservation for sharks and rays.

Muhammad “Dharmo” Ramadhany

Dharmo earned his B.Sc. Marine Science and Technology from Bogor Agricultural Institute. After successfully completing MIP-2014, Dharmo founded MoAerial, a company that specialises in aerial video and mapping using drones and whose projects include marine and coastal surveys for Indonesias Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries and NGOs.


Read what our Alumni are doing now

Where are they now? Muhammad Ichsan

Where are they now? Muhammad Ichsan

After completing the MantaWatch Internship Program, Muhammad Ichsan wrote a thesis on manta rays, became a shark researcher in North Maluku and is now studying at the University of Queensland. He reflects on the impacts of his internship.

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