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Nature Reserve & Biological Station

Research Traineeship

Internship Project in Tropical Ecology, Animal or Plant Biology
Description

 

Advanced biology students are welcome to conduct a research traineeship at the biological station Un poco del Chocó. Whilst investigating their research project students gain an understanding of scientific investigation methodology and thus will be prepared for future academic studies (e.g. bachelor or master thesis).

 

The internship is especially recommended for graduate students, although advanced undergraduates with a special interest in conducting their own project are also welcome.

 

Contents

 

During a research traineeship interns will mainly work on their own internship project, as well as participate in on-going research projects. Students will be supervised by Nicole. She assists interns to plan, carry out and analyze their own investigation. At the end of the internship project students have to write a report about their work and the results (in publication style).

Project Planning
Project Planning

The first step to conduct your own research project in the reserve is to find a suitable research topic for your project. You can either study a topic related to our own biological field work in the reserve or come up with your own research ideas.

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Proposal
Proposal

At the beginning of your traineeship you will be required to plan your data collection and write a proposal. Besides discussing ideas with Nicole, you can use your first few days at the reserve to explore, to get familiar with your research topic/organisms and the field conditions.

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Analysis and Research Report
Analysis and Research Report

At the end of the internship, you will analyze the data gathered during your field work, draw conclusions and finally write your research report about your findings.

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Project Planning
Project Planning

The first step to conduct your own research project in the reserve is to find a suitable research topic for your project. You can either study a topic related to our own biological field work in the reserve or come up with your own research ideas.

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Rates 2022

 

The internship can last between 8 and 24 weeks. Costs depend on the duration of stay.

 

Duration of stay       Rate per week // month

First 8 weeks                 270 // 1080 US $

Following weeks            210 //  840 US $

 

What's included?

The rate for an internship covers the costs for food (three meals per day), lodging in a double room (bunk bed), use of the station’s facilities and WiFi, the lab, library and research equipment, professional supervision and training.

 

What's not included?

Airfare, travel and health insurance, snacks, visa fees, transport to the reserve, laundry service, weekend trips

Dates 2022

 

You can complete a research traineeship all year round (June-August with limited supervision) The minimum stay for a traineeship is 8 weeks. Please note that we prefer to receive new arrivals on Wednesdays.

 

Interns may consider to join the tropical ecology & conservation course before starting their internship. Interns who participate in the course before starting their internship will receive a 50$ credit.

I had a wonderful time at the station!! It was pleasant and rewarding!In the five months I stayed at Un poco del Chocó I learned a lot...

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Ilse, Netherlands