Miriam Rothschild Internships

 

This is a programme that enables SCCS delegates from developing countries and eastern Europe to spend one month after the conference with a UK-based conservation NGO or a university department carrying out a project of mutual interest. The internship can also include attendance at a short course designed to help interns to learn a useful skill. The internship period cannot take place before the conference. It has to be immediately after the conference and for a period of four weeks. We cannot fund short internships of less that 28 days.Travel dates will be arranged on an individual basis. Please view this table before applying to see whether your country qualifies. We will consider applicants only from Lower Income (LIC), Lower Middle Income (LMC) and Upper Middle Income (UMC) Countries for bursaries and internships. Internships and bursaries are most likely to be awarded to applicants offering a good quality talk or poster.

Are you eligible?

You must be from a developing country or an eastern European country (and not already based in western Europe, Australia, Canada, New Zealand or North America). You must make it clear on your application form where you are based. You must attend the SCCS conference that year. Please view this table before applying to see whether your country qualifies. We will consider applicants only from Lower Income (LIC), Lower Middle Income (LMC) and Upper Middle Income (UMC) Countries for bursaries and internships. Internships are most likely to be awarded to applicants offering a good quality talk or poster.

How to apply

Applicants need to contact a UK-based conservation organisation or research group themselves. We do not supply names of organisations, universities or research groups who could act as hosts. We cannot respond to email requests to source or set up internship placements. Although we will consider internship applications which do not include attendance at a short course on key skills, we recommend that you include this in your application.
Do not apply for an internship if you cannot be in the UK from the middle of March until the end of April. In 2018 the short courses will probably be held between 24 - 26 March.

For the full application procedure for applicants and host organisations please view our guidelines.

We recommend that hosts and applicants read the latest Internship Report which explains the Internship programme in much more detail and gives an idea of what previous interns have done.

Commitments

When an internship is awarded SCCS agrees to:
Pay the registration fee and accommodation costs associated with the  intern’s attendance at the SCCS conference in Cambridge.  This will be done directly by SCCS, so the intern does not need to pay anything..
Pay the intern's costs of return travel to the UK, including visa costs, costs associated with attendance at a short course (if any)  and travel costs within the UK to the internship location.  Usually, SCCS will buy travel tickets and send them to the intern.  Visa costs will usually be paid by reimbursement.
Pay an allowance of £420 per week for accommodation and food for up to 4 weeks. SCCS will send sufficient funds for this allowance in advance to the host organisation or the individual host.   This money is then disbursed to the intern by the host or used to pay for accommodation and other costs in whatever way is deemed by the host and intern to be appropriate. Host individuals can choose to have the allowance sent to an account in their organisation or to receive the funding themselves in a personal account.  If other costs are incurred by the intern beyond this allowance, additional funding should be sought by the intern or the host organisation from sources other than SCCS.
Coordinate logistic and travel arrangements.
Host organisations and individual hosts agree to:
Provide assistance with finding suitable accommodation.
Manage the intern’s allowance by receiving it into an appropriate account (see above) and using it to pay the intern’s expenses.  SCCS should be informed of unspent residue from the allowance, if any, which should either be returned or used for additional expenditure approved by SCCS, such as books.  SCCS does not expect to receive an account of how the allowance was spent.
Provide facilities, advice and any supervision needed by the intern for one month after the conference.
Help with any expenses not covered by the internship (see above).
Complete a brief feedback form.
Interns agree to:
Attend SCCS for the full three days and the short course they are assigned to.
Carry out their internship project to the best of their ability for one month after the conference.
Submit a short report on the work done during their internship within one month after it ends.
Complete a brief feedback form.

Internship applicants need to submit online applications by 13 October 2017 in order to allow time for host organisations to complete their part of the application by the closing date on 20 October 2017 at 10:00 hrs British Summer Time. Hosts should see a single line confirmation message when their response has been submitted.

Please note that in 2018 the host period will expect to start on 30 March and end on 27 April. This means that it will INCLUDE the Easter weekend. Hosts should make sure that they are available during this period before they commit to the internship programme.

 

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The Miriam Rothschild Internship Programme is funded by Arcadia. Prizes for the best internship report, consisting of a subscription to Oryx - The International Journal of Conservation, and £75 worth of books are donated by Fauna & Flora International and Cambridge University Press.

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