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Jessica Reiss in the WLT office

Interns gain experience by being involved in all aspects of World Land Trust. This is Jessica Reiss (Intern May - October 2005) in  World Land Trust's office, Halesworth.

World Land Trust Internship Programme

What do we mean by 'intern'?

Someone who is prepared to commit to a fixed period of unpaid voluntary work for World Land Trust (WLT). We provide relevant training so the intern gains first-hand experience of a major conservation charity.

WLT has been running an Internship Programme since 2000. Although internships are originally a North American concept, they are becoming a more accepted way of career development in the UK.

World Land Trust offers six-month unpaid internships based at the WLT office in Suffolk, UK. Interns contribute to WLT's work - in project development and conservation management - and become involved in day-to-day issues arising in the UK and our many overseas projects.

Experience gained

Kelly with Interns Claire and Charlotte at Shepreth Wildlife Park

An important aspect of the Internship Programme is assisting with outreach activities. This is Claire Thompson and Charlotte Beckham (interns July - December 2009) with Education, Training and Outreach Officer Kelly Jacobs, talking to the public about WLT's work in Shepreth Wildlife Park, one of the supporters of the Trust's Wild Spaces Programme.

Successful candidates will work in a variety of WLT's areas of operations including project management, fundraising and general office administration.

Previous interns have been involved in a variety of activities:

  • Hosting overseas project partner visits
  • Shadowing the CEO at meetings in London
  • Assisting with event organisation
  • Evaluating project proposals
  • Writing web page content
  • Drafting press releases
  • Assisting with outreach activities

Training and travel

Interns are offered a training programme individually tailored to equip them to fulfil the role they are performing. Interns attached to the Projects team may have an opportunity to travel to some of our overseas projects, although this is not guaranteed. However, interns are generally able to accompany WLT staff on visits to the Trust's UK reserve at Kites Hill, Gloucestershire.

Kristina at Kites Hill

Most interns visit Kites Hill Reserve in Gloucestershire, UK. Here is Kristina Turner (intern September 2008 - February 2009) during a visit to Kites Hill.

Who is eligible?

WLT's Internship Programme is designed primarily for graduates, who must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Internships are entirely voluntary, although all costs directly connected with work, such as travel to meetings and training courses directly relevant to the role, will be paid for, and some out-of-pocket expenses may be claimed. The intern will therefore be expected to be financially self-supporting, but it is possible that they will be eligible for housing and other state benefits.

Previous interns

Most WLT's interns have subsequently found employment in conservation or related areas. See what previous interns say about the programme.

More information about the internship programme

For more information about WLT Internships, download the Internship Booklet as a PDF file:

Internship Booklet PDF file (533KB)

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Diploma Course in Conservation and Project Administration (2005-2010)

The Graduate Diploma Course in Conservation and Project Administration, created by the University of East Anglia (UEA) in collaboration with World Land Trust ran from 2005-2010. WLT is currently developing future training projects with UEA.


Vacancies at WLT

There are currently no internship vacancies.

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