• Junior, Senior
• Spanish language requirement: Depends on internship position; minimum of 1 semester Spanish for most placements
• 2.5 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: 1st Semester Spanish
• Open to UW-Madison degree seeking students and all degree-seeking undergraduate students at a US college or university. Preference is given to UW-Madison students
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Biological & physical science, environmental studies

Classroom Language

English, Spanish


Housing varies depending on placement

Program Duration

Summer: Late May - Late July (8 week internship)

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Summer 2018  3/2/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
Contact a Peer Advisor!

Ecuador, Tabuga/Camarones
Ceiba Conservation Internships

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Combine your academic background with hands-on field experience through a conservation internship with Ceiba. This program will immerse you in the rural communities and the ecosystems of coastal Ecuador. Internship projects are available in these four general subject areas: conservation, research, education, and community development.

Coastal Ecuador is known for its lush hills, villages, and expansive coastline. Internships are based at the Lalo Loor Dry Forest reserve and the nearby communities of Tabuga, Camarones, and Jama, where Ceiba has been working on projects since 2004.

This internship is an opportunity for you to form working relationships with Ecuadorian organizations and communities, providing for a mutually-beneficial cultural exchange, the potential for acquiring useful job skills and improving your Spanish, and a chance to become familiar with environmental careers.

Examples of ongoing projects include: environmental education of rural school children and teachers; reserve management planning; participating in community-based water quality monitoring; collecting population data on fauna and flora; and helping communities establish sustainable economic enterprises including ecotourism and women's microenterprise development.

Prior to applying for the program, review the internship opportunities currently available with the Ceiba Foundation. This page also provides important instructions on working with Ceiba to select and set up your internship. You are encouraged to contact Ceiba with your first and second choices so they can help match your interests and skills with the internships available.

The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is a non-profit organization offering field courses taught by highly experienced and knowledgeable staff. Their field courses provide quality education while taking you to some of the most remote and pristine ecosystems left on earth.