Para La Tierra is searching for talented and hardworking research interns to join our team in Paraguay for 3 to 6 months. Our internship program provides young biologists an opportunity to step out of the classroom and into the field, gaining hands-on experience running a research project of their own design. Before arriving, our interns are challenged to come up with a research topic, review the relevant literature, and create a methodology with the support of our intern-supervisor. Once in-country, interns are trained in the field techniques required for their project. Whether its mist-netting for birds in the early hours of the morning, fishing at mid-day or staying out late hunting for frogs, PLT will make sure that our interns are confident in the methodology needed to move their research forward. Towards the end of the stay, all our interns give a final presentation in which they share the results of their study with the rest of the research team. The internship program is designed to give young scientists the opportunity to take control of every step of a scientific project. From conception to completion, our interns are in the driver seat.
When was the last time that your professor gave you the option to choose what you wanted to study? When was the last time your boss told you to follow your own passion?
At Para La Tierra, we specialize in giving young biologists the opportunity to learn and practice the skills they need to enter further education or the job market. Based in Paraguay, the ‘heart of South America,’ we are the country’s only year-round research station. Over the past 9 years, we have published over 130 peer-reviewed articles and discovered a few new species for science. Along the way, over 500 interns have helped contribute to the better understanding of Paraguay’s understudied habitats.
Our research base is located in the city of Pilar, a beautiful location in the south of Paraguay, and the gateway to the Ñeembucú Wetland Complex (NWC). The NWC is composed of a mosaic of habitats, including grasslands, marches and humid Chaco. Deep forests lining the rivers and streams running through the area are bursting with wildlife, while river monsters the size of small cars lurk in the murky waters.
Come discover for yourself what Paraguay has to offer.
We are looking for interns with any of the following backgrounds:
All Environmental Management & Sciences, Social Work/Human Services, Human & Child Development, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Plant Sciences/Horticulture, Natural Resource Management, Forestry, Fisheries & Wildlife, Earth Sciences, Conservation, Cartography, Agriculture, Physiological Science, Ecology, Biology, Zoology, and Animal Science majors
If you’re still studying, or just graduated, we can help you gain valuable experience to help you on your career path.