Internship Grant

People's Trust for Endangered Species


Volunteer • Full or Part Time

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Recognising the difficulties that recent graduates often experience in being able to pursue a career in conservation biology People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) offers several student internship awards annually.

Our Wildlife Conservation Internship Programme began in 2001. Since then over 100 young people have benefitted, working on practical projects helping hedgehogs, water voles, pine martens, bats, adders, bottlenose dolphins, numerous butterflies and a host of other species besides. Notable PTES intern alumni are active conservationists in universities, in government agencies, conservation NGOs and ecological consultancies where they are highly influential and effective.

PTES seeks to support our brightest students and future conservationists by providing grants to enable them to work on a specific species-related project. The species may be any taxa or small groups of species, such as solitary bees.

In 2024, we are giving priority to projects focussing on less well represented taxa e.g. invertebrates, plants, fungi, fish, amphibians and reptiles or projects that focus on increasing taxonomic and identification skills.

Projects might run for a continual (full time) period of up to six months or intermittently (part-time) for longer. The work must be carried out at either a conservation organisation or within a research group at a university.

Strong preference will be given to those students seeking to carry out their internship at institutes other than the one the student graduated from, following the successful completion of their degree course.

The student and the organisation concerned must make a joint application, with the impetus coming from the student, who should approach an organisation to seek support for his/her own research project. It is envisaged that the intern will work as part of a team, which includes more experienced members who will be able to help the intern acquire new skills.

The internship should be a discrete project, focussing on a UK species or, where appropriate, assemblage of species. Students from all disciplines relevant to conservation will be considered, provided that they can demonstrate that their work has relevance to the aims of PTES. NB. The project must not be one on which they have already worked or are still working. Preference is given to students seeking to work at new institute or organisation, not one in which they’ve already or are currently completing and undergraduate degree.

Each successful student will receive funding not exceeding £5,000 to cover any or part of the living and project costs. Health and safety issues must be covered by the institution or organisation at which the students will be based.

Examples of current and previous internship projects can be found at

Please note, we are unable to offer internships at our offices or arrange internship projects for students. The student must have approached a suitable conservation organisation or research group at a university and formulated a suitable project before sending in an application.


You must have recently finished your bachelors or masters’ degree with a high level – i.e. first or a 2.1 from a UK university

Ideally we are looking to support those who have graduated within the last three years and have had none or less than one year’s paid experience in the sector.

All projects must be based here in the UK and carried out on UK species. However, this can also mean non-native invasive species.

To apply

The student and the organisation concerned must make a joint application, with the impetus coming from the student, who should approach an organisation to seek support for his/her own research project

Visit to read more about the application process and download the application form.

All applications must be submitted on a PTES application form and emailed, accompanied by the CV of the student concerned, to [email protected]. A reference is required from their course tutor and a letter of support from the host institute, confirming that the team is able to house and supervise the student.

PTES has a limited number of internship grants to award annually and each application is judged on its own merit.