At WSORC, we know that there are a multitude of internship opportunities for people interested in traveling the world, protecting the environment, and doing something worthwhile with their money and time. As environmentalists ourselves, we also understand the importance of gaining practical field experience in order to further careers in conservation.

Our programs focus on providing interns with key skills necessary for pursuing careers in marine conservation. Students will earn dive qualifications, participate in marine research, and gain an understanding of marine conservation issues in the Caribbean.

Our programs cater to different levels of experience, from people who have never taken a breath underwater, to PhD students with multiple publications. This a quick breakdown of our programs, please click on the links for more information :

Marine Conservation internship: The Marine Conservation Internship is a one-month program intended to give interested participants a basic introduction to the field of marine conservation. It provides the practical skills that will be useful on any path towards a career in marine conservation. This internship includes dive certifications up to the PADI Advanced Open Water level from the Bay Islands College of Diving (BICD).

Dive Master & Marine Conservation Internship: This long-term internship program requires a minimum commitment of three months and is aimed at those intending to work in the field of marine conservation who are interested in gaining further practical skills: in particular, their PADI Divemaster certification. Once interns have completed their Divemaster course from the Bay Islands College of Diving (within the first month), they are treated as ‘Intern Staff’ with many of the same responsibilities as the Research Assistants (see below).

Research Assistant: The Research Assistant program provides professional-level training for those intending to become leaders in the field of marine conservation. It is essentially a voluntary staff position, requiring a minimum commitment of three months, for already-certified PADI Divemasters with marine conservation experience who seek practical experience working for a non-profit conservation organization. Research Assistants are expected to help coordinate the volunteer internship program, attend meetings among local NGO members, lead activities including research dives, eco-tours, and community awareness raising events, and serve as role models to the other interns.

Marine Conservation and PADI Instructor Internship: This long-term internship provides the highest caliber training in SCUBA instruction and marine research and conservation techniques. During the first month, interns in this program will complete the intensive Instructor Development Course (IDC) at Bay Islands College of Diving and work toward becoming Master Scuba Diver Trainers by gaining instructor ratings for several of their favorite diving specialties. They will join the team at WSORC with the skills to teach their peers in the water, and will be trusted with the same general tasks as the Research Assistants (see below) with the added responsibilities of in-water instruction and research team management.

Independent Research Opportunities: WSORC is able to assist students and researchers interested in conducting their own research projects on Utila. Please contact us at to discuss your project with us.

Scholarships/”Becas”: WSORC is proud to offer scholarship opportunities for Honduran nationals interested in pursuing careers in marine conservation.

All internship programs begin on the first Monday of each month, without exception. Internships will terminate on those Saturdays which precede each first Monday.