In partnership with the South African Department of Science and Technology, and the National Research Foundation (DST-NRF), AfricanBats is a recognized host institution. Currently, the program is limited to South African citizens, but through our fundraising campaigns, we would like to open the program to include interns from other African countries.
During the 12-month program, interns interact with our mentors in both the office, labs and field. Interns participate in various hands-on skills development, which also assists with advancing outputs for AfricanBats. Interns are also encouraged to think and develop post-graduate project proposals, apply for grants to support the project. Supported by dedicated mentors – Mr. Ernest C.J. Seamark, Dr. Teresa C. Kearney, Dr. Mark Keith, Dr. Victor Van Cakenberghe and Prof. Wanda Markotter, many of these interns have been successful in securing grants. These provide not only financial support but boosts confidence and self-esteem.
The internship program contributes to the strategic objective by the development of competent bat biologists working in Africa.