Internship or Working Guest

So you want to come to CCF as a volunteer or intern? First of all, THANK YOU! Your interest in our program, and your willingness to contribute to our work is very much appreciated. We know that our volunteers and interns see working with CCF as the opportunity of a lifetime, and we want you to have the kind of experience that has a lasting impact on your life.

Internships, Working Guests, and Zookeepers

CCF accepts a limited number of interns at CCF’s International Research and Education Centre every year. Participants in these programs will experience conservation work on the frontlines. There are many opportunities to participate in CCF’s science-based results driven programming.

Students with fields of study related to or intersecting with wildlife conservation should apply for an internship at CCF. Interns that are looking to work on a Masters or PhD to provide background information on their research project. CCF has a veterinary clinic and a fully-equipped genetics lab, and we welcome students whose work includes these disciplines.

CCF Namibia is in need of volunteers with all kinds of backgrounds, including people with business, finance, law, marketing, public relations, event organizing, graphic design, report writing, proposal writing, fundraising and administrative skills. These functions are vital, “behind-the-scenes”, operations. Of course, we also need applicants such as keepers, animal behavior specialists, ecologists, biologists, veterinarians, and vet-technicians, as well as educators, trainers and conservationists.

The application process is competitive and applications are processed on an ongoing basis according to the schedule below.

Internship Application Deadlines

1 January
1 May
1 August
1 November
Veterinary Internship Application Deadline – 1 November
Working Guest and Zookeeper Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

Internship Dates

1 March – 31 May
1 June – 31 August
1 September – 30 November
1 December – 28 February
Veterinary Internship Dates 1 June – 31 August
Applicants should keep in mind that the months of June through August are particularly competitive for internships.

Cost of Internship and Working Guest visits

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Important Documents

Intern/Working Guest Guide

Student/Volunteer Code of Conduct

Scholarships available through Scholarship Media
EU International Intern Scholarship: Amount: $1,000. Deadline: Dec. 31st annually. Open to U.S. and international students, at non-profit internships. Apply EU Business
Minority College Scholarship: Amount: $1,000. Deadline: March 15th annually. Available to minority students with GPA above 3.0, pursuing non-profit internship. Apply PakTribune

Volunteer Outside of Namibia

CCF has chapter and affiliate organizations around the world, and maintains an office in Alexandria, Virginia in the United States. Click here to learn more about getting involved in an affiliate or chapter local to you. Take our volunteer survey to find out about volunteering your skills to help the cheetah in your area.