- A luxury hotel in the Maldives is hiring an intern to work in its turtle-rescue center for two weeks this summer.
- The internship at the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort isn’t paid, but the intern will have all expenses covered.
- Flights, accommodation in a villa, and full board would usually cost £5,000 ($US6,300), and the intern will get to enjoy activities such as a sunset cruise, diving, dolphin-watching, and a guided group snorkelling trip too.
- They will be working with a leading specialist turtle veterinary surgeon, gaining invaluable experience.
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Coffee runs, photocopying, and hanging around trying to be useful but not annoying … it’s safe to say interning often isn’t the most exciting job in the world.
However, not all internships are created equal, and if you’re after work experience that’s a little out of the ordinary this summer, listen up.
A luxury hotel in the Maldives is hiring an intern to work in its Marine Turtle Rescue Centre for two weeks in August, looking after turtles, posting on Instagram, and learning from veterinary experts.
What’s more, the intern will have their flights, accommodation, and all food covered, meaning the whole experience would usually cost about £5,000 ($US6,300).
While the work isn’t paid, the intern not only won’t have any costs but will essentially get a free Maldives holiday at the Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu resort.
Forget basic staff accommodation – they will get to stay in an incredible villa, either on the beach or over the sea, surrounded by turquoise waters and tropical paradise.
The intern will also get to enjoy full-board benefits, enjoying every meal at the Coco Palm’s Cowrie restaurant, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are a buffet of Maldivian cuisine.
If that wasn’t enough, the intern will have some of the experiences available to guests of the resort, such as a sunset cruise, diving, dolphin-watching, and a guided group snorkelling trip in the stunning Baa Atoll.
It won’t be all play and no work, though – the intern’s responsibilities include feeding the turtles, cleaning tanks, observing surgeries and medical procedures, and attending rescue missions to collect turtles in need.
They will be working with one of the UK’s leading specialist turtle veterinary surgeons, Claire Petros, and thus getting incredible experience to add to their CV.
The Coco Palm’s Marine Turtle Rescue Centre was founded with the Olive Ridley Project and describes itself as the first and only veterinarian-led turtle-rescue center in the Maldives. It rescues, rehabilitates, and releases turtles, performing surgeries on turtle patients when necessary.
The intern will be required to provide information about the project to guests, attend any presentation evenings, and post on the project’s social-media accounts to keep followers updated on what’s happening behind the scenes.
You don’t need any previous experience to apply and the competition is open to people all across the world, but you need to be over the age of 18 and keen to work in a related field. Applicants must submit a two- to three-minute video and a 500-word cover letter explaining why they think they would be a good fit for the role.
You can apply on the Coco Collection website, and entries are open until July 1. Coco Collection will then create a shortlist of candidates before the Olive Ridley Project selects the intern.
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