Marine Internship

Join Us On Our Marine Internship This Summer!

Whether you are an underwater novice, experienced SCUBA diver, budding scientist or newcomer to the field of marine conservation, we welcome you to support and contribute to our marine research and conservation work.

Enhance Your Learning

Expand your knowledge of reef ecology, take part in our station projects and explore life below the water on the Belize Barrier Reef.

Make Memories

Meet other likeminded people from the U.S and around the world. Spend 11 days making new friends and connections sharing new experiences on Tobacco Caye.

Stand Out From The Crowd

Gain experience in the field and boost your resume. Our internship provides experience in data collection, monitoring and use our extension program to focus on your own research.

Program Highlights

Experience life on a tiny island right on the Belize Barrier reef, chilling on a hammock in the breeze, watching beautiful sunsets over the Caribbean sea, and spotting stingrays from the dock.

Become more passionate about the marine environment and see firsthand the effect of plastic pollution on the reef.

Gain marine science research experience while working within a marine educational institution.

Advance your Caribbean reef fish, reef-associated organisms and coral identification knowledge as well as gain experience on conservation and ecotourism issues on a Caribbean island

Why participate in our internship?


The Belize Barrier Reef is a rich and diverse location for an internship abroad! You will be staying on Tobacco Caye, a tiny four-acre island situated right beside the Belize Barrier Reef.

Tobacco Caye is one of 450 sand and mangrove cayes based on the Belize Barrier Reef 12 miles from the fishing and cultural capital of Belize: Dangriga. Our marine science expeditions offer interns from around the world a unique opportunity to get involved with Tobacco Caye Marine Station’s research and community conservation work.

Discover the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere by participating in our experiential internship with Tobacco Caye Marine Station. Help us collect critical marine science data for our research projects in a UNESCO World Heritage listed Marine Protected Area.

Tobacco Caye Marine Station Intern Courses
Tobacco Caye Marine Station Belize Coral Classroom

Learn New Skills

Learn to identify the invasive red lionfish, survey signs of bleaching and disease in the numerous species of coral and navigate your way between diverse biomes whilst living on a remote palm dotted island, washed by the turquoise shimmering waters of the Caribbean Sea, which are full of charismatic species such as sting rays, moray eels and countless species of fish.

By participating in our research surveys, collecting important data on the health of coral reefs, other marine ecosystems and lionfish, you will contribute to our annual research reports and Belize’s adaptive conservation management plans. These help to inform fisheries ministries and global organisations such as NOAA on how marine reserves are performing and fill gaps on essential reef data.

Details & Costs

Expedition prices vary according to length of stay on Tobacco Caye and whether you would like to include scuba diving however, as a guide, start at $1,400 USD for our 11 day program.

Dates: Summer 2022 TBD

The 11-day program includes a dorm-style accommodation, three meals a day, drinking water, wifi, private transfer to and from the island from Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City, welcome cocktail, TCMS T-shirt, snorkel excursions on the boat, night snorkels, all snorkel gear and lectures and research equipment.

What is included in the cost?
• Food – 3 meals a day provided by Windward Lodge

• Accommodation – bunk house style accommodation

• All lectures detailed in program itinerary

• Three night snorkels

• Wifi and access to plenty of hammocks!

• Access to marine station’s resources

• Boat excursions around the South Water Caye Marine Reserve

• A cocktail from Sunset Bar and TCMS T-shirt

• Participation and data collection in TCMS research projects

• Transfer to and from the island from PGIA international airport

Tobacco Caye Marine Station Intern Courses

What Is NOT Included In The Cost?

• International flights to Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE)

• Visa extensions for Belize – needed after 30 days in the country

• Any medication or vaccinations that you require

• Travel and dive insurance

• Upgrading to a private cabana on Tobacco Caye

• Scuba diving and personal diving equipment: wetsuit, watch or dive computer

• Spending money for drinks, snacks and souvenirs

• Hotel accommodation before and after your expedition dates

Program Extension Options

The option to extend your stay in Belize is only available to students who have participated in our core 11 day internship program. This extension allows students to spend additional time on Tobacco Caye to work on their own independent projects or continue collecting data for the station’s research projects.

The cost of the extension includes accommodation at The Windward Lodge, 3 meals a day at the lodge, transport to Dangriga riverside, wifi, drinking water and access to the station’s classroom and resources.

Price list:

• 2 weeks – $1075 USD

• 3 weeks – $1575 USD

• 4 weeks – $2050 USD

• 5 weeks – $2500 USD

• 6 weeks – $2950 USD

• 7 weeks – $3400 USD


If you wish to apply for college credits for this internship, please apply with Kaya Responsible Travel.

Program sign ups close: 1st May

Payment of 10% deposit taken from 31st March to 1st of May – $140 USD

Places are first come first serve and can book up