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Theo Cram - Project Development Intern

December 2012 – March 2013

My internship at Frontier has really flown by. It has been a fantastic experience where i've learned a lot and made some brilliant friends. Something that really stood out for me about working at Frontier is the easy-going office atmosphere and friendliness of the staff. It is definitely somethign i will miss!

Internships are a great opportunity to introduce yourself to the world of work and business. Although difficult at times, they are undoubtedly worthwhile so if you get an opportunity to be an intern in an industry that you are passionate about then definitely grab it with both hands. This internship, for example, has lead to an overseas position in Southeast Asia with Frontier, working as a staff member on the Ethical Adventure Trail!

Thank to everyone i worked with, I've had an absolute blast!

Jane Hardwick - Overseas Operations Intern

October 2012 – March 2013

My time as an Overseas Operations Intern has been most enjoyable. I feel I have met some really inspirational people and the experience I gained has given me the opportunity to become an Eco-Trail Leader in South East Asia for Frontier.

A particular aspect of the internship that I found beneficial to me, involved giving presentations to school and university groups which enabled me to receive feedback from potential volunteers and boost my confidence in public speaking. The administration tasks I learned in the office will prove to be useful transferable skills. These tasks ranged from HR, customer services, budgeting, collating reports, updating the website and social media marketing.

Above all, this experience has motivated me to continue working for conservation and to inspire other people to think about the importance of environmental work. Thank you for everyone who I worked alongside; it’s been great fun!

Rich Parks - Project Co-ordinator Intern

December 2012 – March 2013

My time at Frontier has been short but sweet! It has been a fantastic experience learning the in’s and out’s of volunteering. The staff are a friendly bunch and there are a good group of interns who socialise inside and outside of work!

Working in UK Operations has increased my understanding of the administrative side of volunteering, whilst liaising with different departments and volunteers. Gaining the experience of working in an NGO has been the most important aspect of the internship for me.

I would certainly recommend an internship for anyone looking to start a career in conservation or ethical travel, what are you waiting for!

Priyanka Sharma - Overseas Operations Intern

October 2012 – February 2013

Without a doubt one the most amazing things I will take away from this internship are the people I’ve met and the friends that I’ve made. I’ve learnt so much about Overseas Operations Management and for that I have my supervisors to thank; their dedication to conservation and international development has motivated me to do the best job I possibly could!

Everything I’ve learnt from Frontier will come in so useful for future endeavours, something I can’t thank my team enough for, who I’m sure will continue on to do some great work.
Time really does fly in this place, so I advise anyone joining the office or considering joining to ensure that you make the absolute most of the experience you’ll have here!

Jenny Collins - Online Journalism Intern

September 2012 – February 2013

Completing the Journalism Internship with Frontier has been a great experience for me. I was able to get involved in the specific areas I was most interested in and they were always open to my ideas. I’ve had the opportunity to write various articles both for Frontier’s own blog and for other publications on behalf of Frontier. Spending time in the office also allowed me to pick up on what was going on around me and all the other aspects of running an NGO such as Frontier.

Everyone in the office was really welcoming, friendly and helpful which helped me settle in quickly and made my time here both valuable and enjoyable.

Charlie Outhwaite – Research and Development Intern

October 2012 – January 2013

Working as a member of the R&D team has been great; I have had the chance to work with so many awesome people, both staff and interns. The office as a whole is a very friendly environment and you know someone will be happy to help you out should you need it.

Through working on the Frontier group projects I have been able to learn a lot about the wildlife of these areas as well as the techniques and methodologies used to study them. I have been able to assist the in-country field staff by carrying out research on their behalf as well as writing up a funding proposal for a new project.

It has been a great opportunity to see how an NGO operates and the kind of challenges involved in carrying out research in other countries. The internship has been a good starting point to gain experience in the conservation research field I intend to go into.

Sophie Kinsella – Events & Marketing Intern

June 2012 – January 2013

I am currently in my third year at The University of Surrey on a placement with Frontier, starting in June 2012 and ending in Jan 2013. I have been interested in events for most of my higher educated life and knew that corporate events is the area, to where I see myself in the future. Yet like any area of expertise you need experience, so the events and marketing internship here at Frontier was a great opportunity for me.

Here at Frontier, when not at an event at a school or college giving talks or participating at fairs, daily tasks would consist of event admin, booking schools and self projects. I re-vamped our information presentation and helped work on our outgoing promotion materials; I enjoyed the self projects as they incorporated the marketing side of my internship and tied it all together.

I really enjoyed the ambiance here in the office as my colleagues and I are alike in various ways. I hope I have found some long term friendships here at Frontier.

Marielle James – Research and Development Intern

August 2012 – December 2012

I can't believe my time at Frontier has come to an end! Working in the Research and Development team has been interesting, with the work very varied, from marking BTEC's to writing funding proposals. The internship has taught me a lot, and I found the outreach work with the events team especially rewarding. Everyone at the office has been great to work with, and there has been a fantastic work atmosphere.

I would recommend this internship to anyone interested in starting a conservation career or who is interested in finding out more about working for an NGO. The internship can provide you with lots of opportunities and can really build your confidence in a professional environment.

Olivia Herdman – Project Coordinator Intern

June 2012 to December 2012

I have very much enjoyed my project coordinator internship and learnt a great deal.

The main word that I’d use to describe the role is varied. The one thing I’d probably use the most in future jobs is what I’ve gained from the admin and finance tasks. I’ve found the partner project development the most interesting, it gives you a great insight into NGO’s in developing countries. When updating the website with volunteers photos and reviews your desire to travel rockets but having that small bit of IT experience was great.

After studying Tourism at university, I could really put some of my modules in to practice especially my favourite – tourism development. This has really given me some incentive for final year as I have seen how everything is relevant to the world of work.

Overall the Frontier office is a great place to work, a very friendly office. I will leave with a better idea of what kind of work I want to go to, with many transferable skills and what countries I want to visit as my geographical knowledge has been improved!

Grace McConnell - Research & Development Intern

September 2012 – December 2012

I’d like to start off by saying a big thank you to all the staff and other interns in the office. Having not worked in a business environment before and being particularly nervous I found it surprisingly easy to settle into work at Frontier and it has been great to work in such a young environment. The internship has taught me a lot, be it the day-to-day office chores of emails or the rush to get grant proposals in for a tight deadline.

During my time at frontier I feel that I accomplished tasks that I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do elsewhere, such as proposing a new lemur project, and managing research objectives and coordinating with field staff for the Madagascar programme. The position also helped me learn to take more initiative as a lot of work is self-driven which means you need to get motivated and take on a new challenge every day to keep the work going.

I would recommend the research and development intern position for anyone looking to go into a career in conservation that may eventually be at least partially office based, as a great stepping stone to further a career.

Maria Sowter - Online Journalism Intern

June 2012 – December 2012

Having completed various work experience and internships in the pass, I can safely say Frontier provides a unique opportunity for anyone wanting to get stuck-in to the work place. As an online journalism intern I was immediately given the responsibility of creating content for Frontier’s blog and various social media channels, whilst encouraged to participate in weekly marketing meetings with ideas on how Frontier grow their online presence.

The role was incredibly varied, from reaching out to local newspapers or other bloggers and talking to volunteers, to writing articles and conducting interviews. If you’re interested in a digital journalistic or marketing and PR role at all in the future than I would highly recommend this internship.

I loved the role so much I am delighted to be staying on as Online Content Editor and am very much looking forward to the next year with Frontier!

Belinda Graham – Project Coordinator Intern

May 2012 – October 2012

My internship was fantastic and I always had something to be getting on with. I have developed my skills in customer service and I have had to be very organised, learning how to multi-task and use my initiative during busy periods. It has been so great working with such amazing people. I have acquired so many transferable skills (database management, email correspondence etc) that will definitely come in handy for any future jobs I apply for. It was such a lovely environment to work in and I would definitely recommend my internship, as it is very hands on!

I would love to start a career in the international development sector and will be looking to apply to international aid agencies in addition to applying for some graduate placement schemes.

Julia Crabbe – Research & Development Intern

July 2012 – September 2012

I decided to apply for a Research and Development intern position at Frontier following my Masters by Research at Durham University because I wanted to learn more about how international conservation organisations are run, and hopefully build up some useful contacts. I really enjoyed working in the Frontier office with a team of young and like-mind people who are all passionate about travel and conservation.

The area of work that I enjoyed the most during my internship was having the opportunity to write a science plan and funding proposal for a potential new project in Cambodia. It was exciting to use the research skills that I had learnt from university to help plan a project that will conserve biodiversity and hopefully have a positive impact on local peoples’ lives thousands of miles away. It was also interesting to learn about Frontiers marine projects, as my studies at university have almost exclusively focused on terrestrial ecosystems. Whilst interning in the Research and Development department I have undertaken a wide variety of tasks, from editing WWF reports from Fiji to researching the feasibility of offshore wind farms in Belize. The work is varied and challenging, and I would recommend a Frontier internship to recent graduates looking to build on their work experience.

Laura Burton – Research & Development Intern

June 2012 – August 2012

After completing a Masters at The University of Nottingham, I was absolutely delighted to gain a position as a Research and Development intern with Frontier. Working for Frontier has given me an incredible insight into the workings of a conservation development NGO, and given me a huge amount of experience in a diverse range of areas. Conservation and development has always been a passion of mine and it has been fantastic to see how much hard work and dedication goes in to running projects and funding conservation abroad.

My time here has been made so enjoyable, working in such a friendly office and meeting such fantastic like-minded people has been a great experience. The UK staff work exceptionally hard to make sure Frontiers projects are made possible, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside them. I will be extremely sad to leave!
I know that the experiences I have gained here at Frontier will be invaluable to me in the future, and I have really appreciated every second of my internship. Thank you Frontier!

Naomi Cole – Overseas Operations Intern

June 2012 – August 2012

Following on from a degree in International relations and a good bout of travelling I thought that Frontier’s Overseas Operations Internship would be the first step in the right direction. Working in the fast paced environment of Overseas Operations every day has been different to the last, thus allowing me to develop skills in a variety of different areas. One day you might be sourcing the latest diving equipment and sending it to Tanzania, another day you may be collecting field reports and creating databases, and another you could find yourself interviewing potential candidates. On my first day I said I wanted to learn more about the inner workings of an NGO and I can honestly say that I feel I have done that. There are so many layers to the successful running of an organisation like Frontier and due to this internship I have got to experience a fair few of them.

Not only has the job been a pleasure to undertake but the fellow staff and interns have been amazing too. I have made great friends here and am extremely sad to be leaving. The staff and managers have been incredible and are never too busy to answer your questions or offer you support. I could not recommend the internship at Frontier more, I have been given a variety of challenging and creative tasks, much more than I think your average internship offers, and have been able to undertake my tasks in a friendly and entertaining atmosphere.

Charlotte Jackson – Overseas Operations Intern

January 2012 – July 2012

I can’t believe that my 6 months with Frontier has come to an end already. It’s been a great experience learning lots about how a conservation organisation works and helping to keep things ticking over. I’ve been involved with many different aspects of the operations side of Frontier from interviewing and recruiting staff, to managing and buying equipment as well as being in communications with our projects overseas.

I hope to continue learning and developing my skills as I move on in my career, knowing that my time at Frontier has given me a wealth of experience and knowledge to add to my passion for travelling, development and conservation. I will miss all the friends I’ve made here and will definitely be returning to say hello!

Natalie Gardener: Project Coordinator Intern

January 2012 - June 2012

During the interview for this position, I was told I was entering a very varied role, but I couldn’t have imagined just how true that would be!

As project coordinator intern I have been lucky to gain fantastic insight into the research and development of various new projects, along with observing how we maintain positive relationships with overseas partners. After all the work, it’s rewarding to look at the website, or even have volunteers sign up to projects that you researched or written up. Best of all it's enhanced my geographic knowledge and given me the all important ability to name a large proportion of international airports.

The other aspect of the internship is volunteer coordinating. I’ve enjoyed being a busy body, checking that everything’s in place before volunteers head out to the field. But it’s also been a challenge to keep things running smoothly, which has definitely improved my organisational skills.

I feel it’s given me great experience in understanding the behind the scenes operations of an NGO. But most of all I’ve appreciated working alongside an office of diverse, but similarly minded conservation and travel enthusiasts! You guys have made all the difference to my time here.

I now plan to go off and explore as many of these intriguing destinations that I’ve watched us send volunteers off to for the past 6 months. And then hopefully work my way into the international development sector.
If you want to try your hand at developing new projects and better understand how an NGO operates then this is the internship for you!

Will Matthews: Biodiversity and Conservation Intern

February 2012 - June 2012

Following on from a Master’s degree in conservation science at the University of Liverpool, I wanted to gain experience within a UK based NGO. After a lot of searching, I decided that Frontier, with their global range of diverse conservation projects, would be the ideal place to start.

I’ve had a great time working in the London HQ for the last five months; the staff and interns been fantastic and will be greatly missed. I’ve learnt a lot about more about marine conservation whilst I’ve been here through studying Frontiers projects in Fiji, Madagascar and Tanzania, and had practice writing project proposals and grant applications. I especially enjoyed traveling round the country giving presentations at schools and colleges, and encouraging young people to work in conservation.

Now that I’ve finished my internship, I will be moving on to study different aspects of seal welfare and well being of pups in rehabilitation and captivity during the summer. This will be a great opportunity to gain some fieldwork skills with marine mammals, something I hope to focus on in the future.

Tim Allen: Biodiversity and Conservation Intern

February 2012 - June 2012

The last 5 months at Frontier have been an absolute blast. Not only do I feel I’ve developed my understanding of the inner workings of an NGO but it is without doubt the most fun I’ve had in the work place. Along with a banging Ops and R+D team, everybody that works here shares many a common interest and the good times flow on a regular basis. Underlining that however are the ample opportunities available to you to help you gain experience of what is required to run and fund conservation projects abroad.

Interning at Frontier has been the perfect stop gap for me between finishing university and finding full time employment. I am in no doubt that working here helped me to acquire an offer of work from outside the company and has been fundamental to the progression of my career in the environment sector. I’m confident that this internship has helped prepare me for my new role as a science strategy officer working for the Natural Environment Research Council. If you are considering interning, I would recommend that you take the plunge and do it.

Laura Ireson: Biodiversity and Conservation Intern

November 2011 - May 2012

After studying environmental science at university, I decided that conservation and wildlife was my true passion and I wanted pursue a career in this area. From looking into jobs after graduating, I decided that the Biodiversity and Conservation Internship at Frontier was the ideal placement to enhance my skills and knowledge in conservation.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Frontier over the past 6 months and will very much miss working at the London Head Quarters. I have learnt so much from my internship including how to write project proposals and funding applications, how to use ArcGis (mapping software) and so much more; all of which I know will help me toward gaining my ideal career in conservation. The things I will miss most about Frontier are the staff and other interns I have worked with. It has been lovely working with others who all share a passion for conservation.

Following my internship I will be travelling to Madagascar as a Frontier staff member on the Madagascar Forest Project for 3 months as an Assistant Research Officer. I will be helping out with managing volunteers and assisting with the scientific research.

Lucas Lowe – Biodiversity and Conservation Intern

November 2011 - April 2012

After finishing my marine conservation internship in Kenya and gaining a lot of practical survey experience in the field, I wanted to get experience of the running of a conservation and development NGO and applied for the biodiversity and conservation internship at Frontier.

I have really enjoyed the past 5 months I’ve spent at Frontier and I will miss being in London and all the wonderful people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I feel I’ve gained a huge amount of new skills and valuable experience, such as giving presentations to both students and colleagues and helping to research and construct funding proposals.

Frontier has been a great stepping stone for me which I believe has helped me to secure my new role as a Field Scientist with an aquatic science consultancy, where I hope to utilise some of the skills I have gained from my internship.

Hannah Cahoon – Marketing, Events and Outreach Intern

October 2011 - February 2012

I have really enjoyed my time at Frontier as the Marketing, Events and Outreach Intern. After working here for 3 months I feel it has improved my organisation, communication and presentation skills. I most enjoyed going to school events to talk to students about volunteering abroad as I got to share my experiences about travelling and volunteering to them. I met loads of great people in the office who were a pleasure to work with and who I hope to keep in touch with. The Marketing, Events and Outreach Internship has given me lots of new skills which I hope to take with me into my next job.

Sophie Meyjes – Overseas Operations Intern

October 2011 - February 2012

I have just completed a fun-filled 4 months at Frontier as an Overseas Operations Intern. With an interest in travel and a love of conservation- but little field experience- I joined Frontier to understand the running of a conservation organisation. Whilst here I have learnt a whole host of new skills: from sourcing equipment, to presenting research information and interviewing overseas staff members. I have enjoyed tasks such as phoning up random dive shops placed all over the world to find the best deals as well as writing and learning about the different procedures of acquiring various visas.

In the future I hope to further my involvement with an organisation such as Frontier and gain some research experience at one of the overseas sites I have helped to manage, as well as gain experience in the world of science communication. However, all in all, I have really enjoyed my time at Frontier and will miss the friends I have made!

Fran Box – UK Operations Intern

July 2011 - January 2012

One of the few questions I asked in my interview for this position was related to the amount of work an intern would do, I like to be kept busy! It wasn’t a lie when I was told that there was plenty for interns to be getting on with. As part of the UK Operations team I really enjoyed the variety and amount of work and responsibility I was given. Frontier has had interns for many years, it is part of the way in which the office works, which means you feel truly part of the organisation, not just someone there to make the tea and do the office photocopying, although of course everyone does get involved with these essentials of office life.

As mentioned by many of the past interns, one of the joys of being at the Frontier London HQ is the wonderful staff you get to work alongside, making every day at the office fun. Unlike office jobs I have had before I truly enjoyed being in the office and have made friends I will definitely keep in contact with.

Working at Frontier gives you an insight into the running of an NGO, as a whole, not only within the department you are working with. I was involved with volunteer coordination, however also had the opportunity to discover the workings of the Project Coordination and Press and Marketing teams. I would recommended this opportunity to anyone looking to work in an NGO or in volunteer management, not only will you gain vital experience, you will also have the opportunity to work within an excellent team.

Denise Bartlett – Online Journalism Intern

September 2011 - December 2011

I applied for the online journalism internship after volunteering in Central America with Frontier earlier this year – I met some of the ex-interns working in the field in Costa Rica who highly recommended Frontier’s intern programme to me. I was thrilled to see the online journalism internship as I studied America and English literature at university and worked for the student newspaper in my final year.

My internship has not disappointed me at all. I have had the opportunity to write a large range of travel and conservation articles for Frontier’s blog, and I feel my writing skills have benefited hugely. I really enjoyed the freedom I was given to pitch new ideas for the blog, source guest blog opportunities and interview past and present volunteers for blog articles. I have also become apt in contributing to social media sites: a useful skill in today’s world! I enjoyed travelling around the UK to various schools and universities, and my confidence and public speaking skills have greatly improved.

I was recently offered the job of Central America Trail Leader with Frontier, and am looking forward to spending the next six months leading volunteers through Central America. On my return to the UK I hope to gain further travel writing experience by completing my six month internship, if my lovely boss Ben will let me.

Claire Sherwood – Overseas Operations Intern

August 2011 - January 2012

I have just completed 5 months as an Overseas Operations Intern, and have enjoyed working with such a fantastic group of fun and like-minded people. I feel I have learnt a lot about what goes on behind the scenes in a company like Frontier – I don’t think many people know about the hard work and dedication needed to keep overseas projects like these running. I enjoyed keeping in touch with the project staff and hearing first hand what was going on in the field, and each day brought different challenges, whether that was sourcing new kit and overcoming the logistical difficulties of getting it out to the projects, or helping new staff members with visas, flights and other departure information (all in all, at Frontier, I reckon Ops is the place to be!).

I am now off to train to be a commercial pilot (and so, staying in the travel industry) but I had a great few months at Frontier, and would recommend the experience to anyone hoping to gain experience in the competitive fields of conservation and travel.

Laura Stopher Clark – Project Coordinator Intern

July 2011 – January 2012

I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone. My 6 month internship at Frontier has flown by and I would say this is due to the variety of work I’ve been involved in and the amazing staff at London HQ.

I started my internship at Frontier after returning from nearly two year’s work, travel and volunteering overseas. I realised whilst I was away that I wanted to start a career related to travel and also my university study in Environmental Hazards and Disaster Management.

My Project Coordinator internship has allowed me to liaise with people all over the world and from all levels of management. I have enjoyed developing new contacts, researching projects and countries and writing new project briefs for the website. I have really enjoyed my time here and will be sad to leave both the organisation and the people.

Lizy Tinsley – Research and Development Intern

August 2011 – November 2011

I feel that I’ve gained a lot over the 3 and a half months I have been working at Frontier. Not only have I learnt the discipline of working in an office, I have also developed many skills in writing for the ‘Science Club’ blog, doing presentations for both colleagues and students, and communicating with scientists in the field.

Frontier has been a great stepping stone for me which will hopefully take me onto a career in conservation. I have met some amazing people whilst working at Frontier, and made some great friends. It is so nice to work with people who have similar ideas and concerns as me, and their advice has really helped me to think about my future.

I am planning to continue doing volunteering work for the rest of this year, before hopefully starting a masters at the beginning of the next academic year.

Anthony Kubale – Research and Development Intern

August 2011 – November 2011

After completing a degree in Marine Biology from Swansea University I managed to get the internship with Frontier working in Research and Development department. I felt this was the perfect opportunity to gain some invaluable experience within a highly established conservation NGO.

The past 4 months have been a fantastic experience. I gained and developed a wealth of new skills from a variety of different tasks such as writing popular science articles and presentations to making field calls and sourcing funding proposals. All this was made more enjoyable by working alongside a vibrant office full of inspirational colleagues.

I am now going on to work as a graduate scientist in an environmental consultancy, where I hope to utilise some the skills I gained through my internship.

Haley Dolton – Biodiversity and Conservation Intern

July 2011 – November 2011

After graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a biology degree, I was lucky enough to get this internship with Frontier. I have always wanted to work in conservation and this internship is great stepping stone into this working environment!

I have spent most of my time writing a tech report on the data Frontier has collected from our Tanzania marine project, going to events and writing articles for our science blog. Working as an intern in LHQ, you do not realise how much you are picking up until it is time to leave. It is these skills which I have learnt at Frontier that will hopefully stand me in good stead as I go onto new adventures.

At the risk of sounding like a cliché, I have met some brilliant people at Frontier and as well as working hard, I have had a great time doing so. I will be sad to leave, but it leaves the door open for you guys to apply and I would highly recommend it!

Drea Davila – Marketing and Events Intern

March 2011 – October 2011

I took on this internship at Frontier as I fancied myself a slight shift of career into conservation and the environment. I had previous experience of marketing and events and so I felt I was well suited for this position. I would also like to have done the Online Journalism internship, as it was more related to my career path and studies.

I have enjoyed my time at Frontier because I have worked with some wonderful people who I hope will remain as friends. I also got an insight into conservation and volunteering abroad and I got to travel to different cities around England giving talks to schools and Universities about what Frontier can offer.

A position has become available in Frontier for me to edit videos for online content so I will carry on collaborating with Frontier. I hope that in the near future, I can go to Frontier’s different projects abroad, and make interesting documentaries about them. I definitely want to carry on working in conservation, as a filmmaker and photographer, and I believe Frontier was a good starting point.

Victoria Kemp – Overseas Operations Intern

May 2011 – October 2011

In the three years after graduating in Zoology I undertook various roles, the most recent being 8 months working in Management Accounts. At this point I was drawn to an internship with Frontier as a means to re-enter the field of Environmental Conservation, an area for which I gained a strong interest during my degree.

I was really excited to take a role in the Overseas Operations Department, in which I could combine my interests in conservation science with gaining experience in project management and indulging my interest in foreign language and culture. I have enjoyed working in a team with colleagues holding similar views and aspirations. At the close of my internship I am looking ahead to various possibilities for career development. I hope to spend some time on Frontier project in 2012 to fulfil my ambition of working once again in the field.

Nicki Hollamby – Biodiversity and Conservation Intern

June 2011 – September 2011

I have been at Frontier for nearly 4 months as a Conservation and Biodiversity Intern and I have learnt an incredible amount since taking on the role. My responsibilities have ranged from data analysis and report writing, contributing articles to the science blog and researching potential funding opportunities as well as providing general support to the research and development manager.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for Frontier at the London HQ and have met some great people. I took on the role as I wanted to get some HQ experience on top of my field experience. I am now going on to work in community development and conservation with an indigenous Amazonian community.

I think that I will be taking a lot with me from Frontier, and the responsibilities I had during my time as a R&D intern were invaluable because it really made understand be part of the hard work that goes into the successful running of a conservation NGO.

Thanks to everyone and I am going to miss the Frontier team

Nancy Bukasa - Online Journalism Intern

June 2011 – August 2011

After finishing my second year of university examinations I was looking forward to spending the rest of my summer writing interesting articles and putting forward ideas for Frontier’s Blog. This internship has not disappointed me in that respect, or in any in fact. I can still remember how nervous I was on my first day, but the nerves quickly disappeared as I was immediately established as a member of the team within hours of entering the building. Everyone was incredibly welcoming. Both my managers were very supportive and I felt confident enough to take initiatives with some of my work.

During my internship I have learnt how to change writing styles for particular audiences. Furthermore I have gained fundamental tools with regard to marketing in addition to learning about the fascinating environmental issues the NGO aims to tackle. I have been encouraged and congratulated on some of my features but I have also been shown how to make them better, as a result my writing ability has improved significantly. More importantly, working for an NGO such as Frontier, provided me with a new insight on the environment and the impact we have on it. There are things that I have learnt in these past few months that I do not think the ordinary lay-person would know.

I could not have spent my summer any better than I have at Frontier, it is an organisation that possesses some of the best staff I have had the fortune to work with. I would definitely recommend an internship here to anyone who is creative and enjoys being challenged on a continuous basis.

Heather Burgess: Overseas Operations Intern

March 2011 – August 2011

I came to Frontier in March looking to get my foot in the door of an international conservation NGO – and I was not disappointed! After studying Geography with Oceanography at the University of Southampton and going on the obligatory (yet amazing) South East Asia backpacking Gap Year, I knew I wanted to combine my love for travel with what I had studied about conservation. As hard science and statistics was never my strong point, I decided I would be best suited to help in the day to day running of the Frontier’s group projects by working in Overseas Operations.

I have loved my time at Frontier, the other staff and interns make it a fun and vibrant place to work and every day in Overseas Ops is different. From sitting in on interviews to calling up Madagascar to see how everyone’s doing, I have gained invaluable experience in recruitment, staffing and most interestingly the challenges of running conservation research programs in developing countries!

I am now going on to be the Overseas Operations Officer for Frontier. I’m so glad I get to stay on with people I now consider friends and gain yet more experience within Frontier!

Holly Alsop: Research and Development Intern

January 2011 – July 2011

After completing a degree in Animal Science and Management from The University of Melbourne in Australia, I moved to London to be a part of the Research and Development team at Frontier. Moving from Melbourne to London was a huge change but I was super keen to get my foot in the door of a conservation organisation and gain the much needed office experience in the environmental sector.

Over the past 6 months I have had the most amazing experience and have been working alongside some truly rad and inspiring people! As part of my internship I have been collating data from Frontier’s Madagascar forest project, focusing on the abundance and distribution of butterflies in forest fragments. I have also been contributing to Frontier’s website and blog by writing weekly science articles and updates.

The research and development internship has given me invaluable experience working for a conservation NGO. I have enjoyed my time with Frontier so much that I’m staying on to be the Research and Development coordinator…I just can’t get enough of the place!

Tabitha Jones: Research and Development Intern

March 2011 - June 2011

The past five months working at Frontier as a research and development intern have really flown by! After graduating with a master’s in Freshwater and Coastal science and with minimal work and office experience, I jumped at the chance to undertake this internship and haven’t looked back since!

From the start you are given a great amount of responsibility and the role is extremely varied, making it all the more interesting and exciting. My main task involved writing a technical report compiling and analysing the data collected on the Tanzania Marine project. I got the opportunity to write a whole range of topical and news articles for the website, as well as give presentations to schools and universities, sharing my travelling experiences and inspiring others to think about going abroad, which has really helped build up my confidence. Apart from all this, the best aspect of this internship has been meeting and working alongside the friendly and fun London HQ staff and interns.

All in all, the role has been both testing but extremely rewarding and I would highly recommend this position to anyone wanting to gain some experience working in the NGO and conservation sector, you won’t regret it!

Joe Svennevig-Low: UK Operations Intern

March 2011 – July 2011

I have been working as project coordinator intern in the UK operations department at Frontier’s old street headquarters for the past 5 months. My internship has encompassed a wide range of duties including adding and amending website content, project development and supporting volunteer pre-departure organisation.

I have been given added responsibility as time has gone on and this has helped me gain a greater insight into the way a conservation organisation operates.

The staff have been very welcoming and this made it an easy transition for me into my role as intern, I enjoyed working in this environment and will miss the team! The office can be a fast paced and exciting environment and this is one of the reasons why it is a great place to work, you are kept on your toes and you become an integral part of the running of the organisation.

Working for Frontier has been a great starting point for me and has given me key skills and experience within the conservation sector. As I move on to pastures new, I will not be hesitant to recommend the internships that this organisation provides and I am sure they will continue to benefit people in the future.

Harriet Davis: Marketing & Events Intern

April 2011 - July 2011

I have been at Frontier for the past 4 months as a Marketing and Events Intern and I have learnt an incredible amount since taking on the role. My main responsibility was to book school events and build rapports with various academic institutions. I also had to manage to diary and organise travel. I was able to have the opportunity to write for the online blog which was nice to see my work online for anyone to see!

One of my favourite parts of the job was travelling all over the UK to give presentations about gap year opportunities. It was a brilliant experience and I met some really enthusiastic students – it was a great feeling to know that talking to people about my travelling experiences inspired other people to think about going abroad.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for Frontier at the London HQ and have met some great people. I took on the role as I wanted to get some office experience whilst still dealing with the public and learning new skills. I am now going to be working for a media production company as a Production Team Assistant - I know that without my time at Frontier I would not have been able to take on this new role as I have learnt so much. The responsibilities I had during my time as a Marketing and Events intern were invaluable because it really made me think quickly, problem solve and adapt to different situations.

I am going to miss the Frontier team a lot!

Ben Sobkowiak: Research & Development Intern

May 2011 - June 2011

I have been working as an intern at the London headquarters for the past month, working in the research and development department. As part of the role, I have been doing various interesting tasks; editing and writing technical reports, producing short science articles for the website and updating social media websites. I was surprised at the level of responsibility I was awarded and getting to grips with the work was very gratifying.

Everyone in the office was very welcoming and supportive also, which makes a big difference. I have now realised I want to go out into the field earlier than planned and so about to depart on Frontier’s Tanzania Savannah Project as an Assistant Research Officer, something I hope will continue to be as rewarding as the work in London.

Agatha Ioannou: Research & Development Intern

December 2010 - June 2011

Since completing my masters in Marine Ecology and Environmental Management from Queen Mary, University of London I have worked for Frontier as a Research and Development Intern. Here I have assisted with research development and resource initiatives in Fiji and written a technological report by collating and analysing a years worth of marine data that has now been published online. I helped to produce a coral reef fish identification guide which will be given to future volunteers in Fiji to aid data collection.

I have also been updating Frontier’s website regularly with relevant science news and written topical articles which were published in numerous websites as press releases that have been highly successful. As well as analysing data, writing reports for publications and applying for research grants I promoted the scientific activities and capacity of Frontier both in the UK and overseas by giving presentations to various schools and universities. All of which have been essential experiences needed for future employment in a marine conservation organisation. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Frontier and would recommend this position to other graduates needing this vital experience to help gain a foot in the door within a conservation organisation.

Daniel Davies: Overseas Operations Intern

November 2010 - May 2011

I started at Frontier having completed a BSc in Economics and History, a MSc in International Development, and without any relevant work experience under my belt. I was keen to gain some office experience as well as getting my foot in the door within a conservation NGO; therefore I jumped at the chance offered to me by Frontier as an Overseas Operations Intern.

Over the past 6 months I have enjoyed my time at the Frontier LHQ immensely! As Overseas Operations Intern, I worked within a small team and was responsible for the budgeting, resupply and staffing of all seven of Frontier's Group projects as well as the Eco-Trails. I was given a considerable amount of freedom with regards to the work I undertook, and always felt well backed up by my manager and fellow interns. It really has been am amazing experience and one that will certainly help me in my future career prospects.

The London office is full of kind, intelligent and fun people, making day too day work not only interesting but also very fun. I already miss it! Having proved myself within the LHQ, I was fortunate enough to be offered the position of Project Coordinator on the Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates and Turtle Project for the coming year. I am extremely excited to get out there and start work, but will certainly miss the London office and everyone in it!

Alex Baker: Research & Development Intern

November 2010 - April 2011

Having left the University of East Anglia with a BSc in Environmental Science in hand, I was keen to gain some practical experience working within a conservation-based organisation and an internship with Frontier seemed to offer a perfect opportunity to build on the skills learnt at university.

My role in Frontier's Research and Development department was varied and at times quite challenging. I was given tasks ranging from writing articles and reports related to Frontier's various projects around the world, producing website content and press releases on the topic of both Frontier and conservation in general. I was also travelling around the country promoting Frontier, gap year travel and conservation at schools and universities. At first I found the school talks quite daunting, but they soon came to be one of my favourite aspects of the job. I certainly feel that I am more confident as a result, and I hope that some of the people I spoke to will be inspired to go on to travel and explore the world.

All in all, Frontier is a great (and at times hectic) place to work, and I am incredibly excited to be heading out to work on the Madagascar Marine project, an opportunity that I would never have dreamed of when I first applied for the internship six months ago.

Daniela Catania: Events & Marketing Intern

January 2011 - April 2011

The Events & Marketing department like all the departments at the London HQ is very welcoming and all the staff are really friendly which has made these last 4 months a pleasant experience.

The work as Events & Marketing intern is very varied and I was surprised by the amount of responsibility I was given, from diary management, to calling and booking events with schools, arranging staff members to attend the events and organising brochure requests and posts. I also had the opportunity to write articles reflecting on topics in conservation and general travelling as well as actually going to events and reaching out to pupils and the public.

I’ve also been involved in helping the Marketing department writing for an external website to increase Frontier’s popularity. However, it is also a place of hard work and very dedicated staff. My main objective in volunteering at the Frontier London HQ was to gain skills for working in the conservation and NGO sector.

I am now moving on and I am looking forward to my next challenge, I will be going back to University to do a Marine Science and Engineering Masters to follow my passion in marine conservation.

Rollo Sparkes: Overseas Operations Intern

October 2010 - April 2011

I first heard about Frontier when I went to a talk given at my University on ‘Careers in Conservation’ by Dr Elise Belle. The talk got me thinking about my future after University and it was not until after I finishing my degree, Geography with Ecology, that I applied for the Overseas Operations Internships.

The last 6 months has been a fantastic opportunity for me to gain an invaluable experience in the operations of a company such as Frontier. I hit the ground running and throughout the internship I have had many roles including recruitment, accounts, re-supplying of our projects, and liaising with University academics to book seminars for Frontier’s staff to attend.

The internships will certainly help me when pursuing future careers. But not only this I have met some fantastic people and I’m continuing on with Frontier for another 10 weeks as a Conservation Apprentice on our Costa Rica Forest project.

Ben Margerison: Research & Development Intern

October 2010 - March 2011

I didn’t really know what to expect of my internship at Frontier, I just remember the job advertisement looking really interesting, and thinking that I’d done terribly in the interview. It was my first office role and one that I was really quite nervous about, especially the night before starting. I was worried that my lack of office skills would soon surface in some sort of scanner related accident.

By the end of my first week I knew I had nothing to worry about! I had written project news for the website and begun to familiarise myself with the projects on which I would be working which are fascinating. I began to realise that office jobs aren’t as hard as I thought they would be and that, step by step I was learning a lot of skills which will no doubt be extremely valuable in the coming years. Skills such as writing website articles, editing large reports, researching funding opportunities and proposals, working at careers fairs and giving school talks, as well as general administration skills such as composing professional e-mails and updating databases.

The work was by no means easy and, on the whole, the internship was very challenging, but it’s a very good test of whether or not you are serious about entering into not for profit work, and for anyone that’s interested, I highly recommend it. There is plenty of opportunity to make new friends, all of the staff are easy to get along with, have a good sense of humour and are always helpful. If you lack practical work experience, you will take on board a huge amount during the 6 months and not even realise how much you’d learned, until the time comes for you to hang up your boots, turn out the light, dust off your shoulders (not sure what line of work would require this) and walk off into the sunset with a well deserved swagger, after a rewarding and fascinating 6 months. I am now going on to study a Masters degree in Anthropology, Environment & Development and looking forward to the next challenge.

Christine Bevan: UK Operations Intern

January 2011 - March 2011

I began my internship with Frontier a little over a year after graduating having taken time off to travel through Southern and East Africa after spending many summer’s volunteering there. It was through my time in Africa that my interest in conservation and international development grew and I knew that that was the area in which I wanted to pursue a career and so I believed Frontier would be a good way to gain an insight into how NGO’s operate. Being an intern in the UK Operations department meant there was never a quiet moment with constant enquires to answer, orders to process, maintaining information on the website and databases and researching potential new project partners.

All this enabled me to gain practical office experience with having to manage workloads, solve problems, and communicate with volunteers, their parents and other organisations, which will hopefully be of use as I leave to pursue other opportunities. The best part of my internship though has been working with the people at Frontier, especially the UK Operations team (the best team in the building), who are really friendly and fun to work with!

Zoe Everitt: Events & Marketing Intern

January 2011 - March 2011

After returning from a trip to Asia with Frontier I was pretty fired up about Frontier’s aims and achievements and so I decided to apply for a position at Frontier Towers. Working in the Events department the pressure is on, there’s a lot to do and only so much time in the day! However, it gives you experience in a lot of areas, from diary management, to booking in events with schools, arranging staff and budgeting for these events. I also had the opportunity to write press releases and articles reflecting on recent news items as well as actually going to events and reaching out to pupils and the public. It’s hard work but it’s great when you get really positive feedback from an event you have arranged! It’s also a really welcoming place to work, there’s always something going on but everyone has a laugh over a cup of tea.

I am now moving on and I am looking forward to my next challenge. I’d recommend the internship programme at Frontier to anyone similarly passionate about conservation and development. Not only is it a great way to gain experience in an office environment but it’s satisfying to know that the work you do at home is contributing to some great projects overseas!

Jonathan Usherwood: Research & Development Intern

January 2011 - March 2011

I started my internship at Frontier a year after graduating from a masters in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation from Imperial University. I had recently returned from a 5 month stretch of primate research in Namibia and was looking for experience working in a conservation NGO while enjoying a welcome break of civilization from the rigors of fieldwork.

My time a Frontier was very enjoyable and I found everyone in the London HQ extremely friendly. The work as a R&D intern is very varied ranging from research work, to writing science articles to giving talks at schools and universities. I particularly enjoyed the science articles and press releases as they give you great practice researching and writing about a particular topic. If you are interested in gaining an insight and experience into the workings of a conservation organization I highly recommend a R&D internship.

I am now at the Institute of Zoology working on the baboon project as well as captive ape enrichment research. I am currently writing a PhD proposal investigating foraging behaviour in wild primates.

Petros Persad: Events & Marketing Intern

August 2010 - January 2011

I graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a degree in Zoology knowing that I wanted to work for a conservation or environmental NGO. However I also knew that I didn’t have much experience and needed to start this journey somewhere.

I joined Frontier as an Events & Marketing Intern. From the beginning you are thrown in at the deep end and I learnt not just how the events team worked but how the organisation ran as a whole. I was involved in booking talks and fairs for various educational institutions and talking to potential volunteers helping provide advice on the right project for them. I now pride myself on my ability to match every volunteer with their perfect project.

I am lucky enough to be staying on at Frontier London Headquarters in the Events & Marketing department as a member of staff taking up the Gap Year Travel Consultant position. I will be taking on more responsibility and have the opportunity to be back out in the field soon.

Chloe Pilpel: Overseas Operations Intern

August 2010 - October 2010

My first day at the Frontier London office in was in August and the sun was shining as I made my way there. What with the glorious warm weather and my stomach fluttering with first day nerves what I really wanted to do was run off to the nearest park and lie/hide there in the sunshine, but I gave myself a strict talking to and rang the bell. Which proved to be by far the best option, as it was not only the front door but also a bunch of amazing opportunities that opened up to me that day. I felt immediately accepted by all the other lovely people working at Frontier, people who quickly became not only colleagues but friends. With guidance from the Overseas Operations Manager I learnt much about the running of an environmental NGO. I felt really valued, appreciating the responsibilities I was given such as sourcing new equipment for overseas projects and communicating on a daily basis with field staff. I also enjoyed the variation, one day working in the office and the next travelling across the country to give talks on Frontier. All in all, I would say the internship was a brilliant introduction into office life and the dynamic world of conservation.

Jess Grant: Uk Operations Intern

July 2010 - February 2011

I started my internship just a month after I graduated and I’ve had an amazing six months. In the UK Operations department I was dealing with potential volunteers and those who were already signed up on trips. It was really nice to be able to advise people on which trips would suit them depending on how much time they had or where they wanted to go, and also see those signed up getting excited for their projects. Having come into the organisation more interested in the community development side I am leaving with just as much interest in conservation – the enthusiasm is infectious! I’ve learnt a lot, met some great people, and I’m now looking forward to my own trip to Costa Rica in April. I’ll finally be able to see for myself what I’ve been telling people these past six months!

Flora O'Brian: Research & Development Intern

August 2010 - January 2011

Just one month after graduating from university I embarked on my 6 month internship as a Research & Development intern at Frontier LHQ. At the beginning it seemed slightly daunting, as there’s a lot of stuff to take in. However, a week into the internship I was feeling settled and more confident in my role. As an R&D intern you are given a variety of tasks, the main one being report writing. I was given the task of writing the first annual science report for the Costa Rica project, which involved analysing the field data and doing further background research. Other jobs assigned to me over the six months included writing weekly science articles for the website, giving presentations to fellow interns, and conducting field phone calls. Despite having misgivings about them, school talks turned out to be one of my favourite aspects of my job. Not only did it give me the opportunity to travel all over the UK, but I also found it very rewarding talking to the students, inspiring them to take gap years.

I have always wanted to pursue a career in conservation, but working for Frontier has made me realise that I’d equally like to get involved in community development. This is not only due to reading about the Frontier projects, but also from hearing stories from my fellow colleagues’ about their travel experiences. I would definitely recommend working as an R&D intern for Frontier as it gives you the opportunity to become involved in the running of a conservation NGO and take on a range of responsibility. I have loved working at Frontier, and will be sad to leave, having made some really good friends over the past 6 months. I now look forward to going out to the Costa Rica project in April.

Emily Loomes: Marketing & Events Intern

July - December 2010

I graduated last year with a degree in English Literature, but while studying I spent the summer breaks pursuing my passion for travel and community development. In 2007, I spent time in Zimbabwe helping develop local businesses to create sustainable livelihoods, as well as working alongside HIV and Aids projects in rural Zimbabwe. In 2008 I spent some time in the Ukraine with a charity that I was working with at the time with the aim of delivering boxes with gifts to vulnerable children. Most recently I was in Uganda travelling to all corners of the country focusing on HIV and Aids testing and counselling, and water sanitisation in community projects.

Here at Frontier I have been working in the Marketing and Events team, which has been an enjoyable learning curve. It has been my responsibility to book in visits to schools to spread the word about Frontier and the projects we run. I have taken part in many of these visits and it has been a pleasure meeting so many students that hope to be in the position I am in now.

Working in Marketing and Events department I have had plenty of time to interact with other interns and staff about the projects we run and now I get my chance to go and be part of the Tanzanian Teaching Project in January. I hope this is just the beginning of many more travels and working with NGOs.

Charlotte Lyddon: Overseas Operations Intern

July - December 2010

I graduated with a degree in Geography in July 2010 knowing that I wanted to work in the conservation & environment sector. However I also knew that I didn’t have much experience working for a NGO and needed a way to get my foot in the door.

I applied to become an Overseas Operations Intern at the London Headquarters and haven’t looked back since. From the beginning you are thrown in at the deep end learn how things work very quickly. I was involved in the recruitment of staff for the different Frontier group projects and also ensuring each project has all the equipment that they need – I have become an expert in compressors, regs and engines!

It is great working alongside a like minded team of people and I am lucky enough to be staying on at Frontier London Headquarters in the Overseas Operations department as a member of staff. I will be taking on more responsibility and have the opportunity to be back out in the field soon.

Jodie Corral: Marketing & Events Intern

October - December 2010

After leaving university with an Art degree I realised I wanted my future to focus on working within the environmental sector and starting an internship at Frontier was the perfect way to kick start this. I was interested in working for a gap year company after my own three month project in Ghana earlier in the year.

Working within the Events and Marketing team I have been responsible for booking in schools and colleges for talks about what we do here at Frontier. This is a crucial job here at Frontier HQ as without new volunteers we cannot continue our conservation work overseas.

Giving school talks and attending university fairs all over the country has boosted my confidence in public speaking and also my UK geography knowledge! I have learnt so much about conservation work and the experience has been invaluable. The team here are fantastic and I had lots of fun and ate a lot of other people’s biscuits.

Following on from this internship I am continuing my interest in the environment and starting work as a fundraiser for a City Farm.

Alastair Hadfield: Marketing & Events Intern

June - November 2010

I have always had a passion for the environment and conservation since going on a volunteer project to Iceland. This was enhanced further throughout my 4 years at Edinburgh University studying Geology and Physical Geography when I had the chance to experience many different environmental landscapes on various fieldtrips in Scotland and also throughout Europe. Since graduating in 2009 I had been looking to get into the environmental field. Frontier presented to me the perfect opportunity to gain experience at the HQ of a conservation NGO before enhancing my experience out in the field afterwards.

For the past 6 months I have been working for the Marketing and Events team where my main duties involve presenting to audiences throughout the UK, organising interview schedules and following up on applicants, as well as liaising and negotiating for advertising space.

I have learnt all sorts of new skills throughout my time here and all the staff have been very welcoming. I am looking forward to heading out to Fiji on the Marine Conservation & Diving project where I hope to develop my skills further in the conservation field by gaining my PADI Advanced Open Water Qualification and also BTEC Diploma.

Thomas Newton: Overseas Operations Intern

June - November 2010

With a degree under my belt in Biodiversity Conservation and Management and large amounts of volunteer and field experience on my CV I left University feeling optimistic about stepping out into the big world of Environmental conservation. I soon realised though that it was still not enough for this highly competitive sector and that I still lacked key skills in certain areas. Having met Frontier whilst still at University and hearing about their London internships I knew this was the opportunity I needed.

For the past 6 months I have worked as an intern as part of the Overseas Operations team. From the off this has been different from any normal internship. Being given roles and responsibilities straight away you learn the ropes quickly and really feel an important part of this organisation. During my 6 months I have been involved in everything from staffing and re-supply to contacting university academics to book seminars for Frontier staff to attend. One of the best roles has been to travel the country to present to students myself about Frontier and the conservation work we do. As an intern at Frontier you gain a real understanding of the running of a real NGO.

My time at Frontier has been much more than I could ever have expected. Not only has it given me the opportunity to gain invaluable experience but to meet fantastic people and make great friends.

Amelia Davies: Research & Development Intern

June - November 2010

Having always had a passion for the natural world, conservation and travel, interning at Frontier seemed the perfect option to not only exercise the skills I acquired at university but to also gain some experience working in this highly competitive sector. As a research and development intern, my main role was to assist in the management of reports and field data for Frontiers Fiji marine project, which was a great opportunity to get involved with some ‘proper’ conservation research!

I was also required to write chatty news articles for the website, conduct phone calls to the field and to promote Frontier all over the country, through a series of school talks and university career fairs. Initially I was very apprehensive about conducting these presentations, but it turned out to be an aspect of the role I loved!

The skills I have gained over the past 6 months have been invaluable. Interning at Frontier is no ordinary internship; you will be valued and given a vital role with responsibilities. This coupled with the privilege of working with the lovely and like-minded staff has made it an absolute pleasure working at Frontier. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in NGO’s and conservation

Jyot Jabbal: Research & Development Intern

May - November 2010

I started my internship at Frontier in May 2010, after struggling with the job market for a few months. The position of Research and Development Intern was more than I had hoped for at the time, and exactly what I wanted.

Being a part of the Research and Development team gave me the chance to finally make use of my degree. My time here has allowed me to exercise my understanding of statistical analysis, global satellite imaging and scientific report writing. Working alongside other conservationists has been invaluable to me, and I now have a better idea about the work and effort that goes into maintaining the conservation work in an NGO.

In addition to research work, Frontier has allowed me to branch out into fields I never thought I would have the opportunity to gain experience in. In the past six months I have conducted schools talks, carried out marketing calls and written news articles for Frontier, and these skills will no doubt be applicable in the future. The people here could not have been more supportive and accommodating, and I consider myself lucky to have been a part of the organisation.

Emily Lewis: Research & Development Intern

April - October 2010

I applied for the intern position with Frontier because I wanted to gain experience working for a conservation NGO.

As a research and development intern I have had the opportunity to use and develop the scientific skills I learnt at University. I have spent the last 6 months working on data collected from the Tanzania Marine project, I have gained experience analysing data, using statistical programs such as SPSS, and have been able to improve my report writing.

I have learnt a huge amount about conducting field work, and have been in regular contact with field staff in both the Tanzania Marine and Tanzania Savannah projects.

Working at Frontier has allowed me to improve and gain confidence in public speaking, through visiting schools to represent Frontier and presenting the latest science work from Tanzania Marine to the staff at London HQ.

The skills and knowledge I have gained through my internship with Frontier, I hope will help me in my future career. I have met amazing people, who have taught me a lot. Now I am looking forward to my trip out to Tanzania with Frontier in January

David Sanchez: Events & Marketing Intern

April 2010 - September 2010

I have been working at Frontier for the past six or so months as part of the events team. This consisted of booking schools and colleges to give our talks about current Frontier overseas projects, where volunteers can take part in science conservation, teaching English, health awareness and community work.

As well as being incredibly worthwhile and a boost to an individual's CV there is also a sense of personal achievement to be gained. In addition to organising school & college talks, I have also helped to book college and university career fairs as well as assisting in other Events duties such as sending the Frontier brochures by post and other related administrative duties.

The Events department like all the departments at the London HQ is very welcoming and has made these last six months very enjoyable. However, it is also a place of hard work and very dedicated workers, committed to helping raise the plight of conservation issues both around the world and in the UK. My main objective in volunteering at the Frontier London office was to gain not only more office experience but also to gain skills for working in the conservation field. I would certainly recommend being an intern for anyone who has similar goals.

Deborah Allbrook: UK Operations Intern

February - August 2010

I decided to do this internship with Frontier to get experience of working in a conservation NGO. Coming from an animal care background I wanted to get more involved with preserving the natural environment of the species I had worked with in captivity, and learning how these kinds of organisations are run.

For the last six months I have been working in the UK Operations department at London HQ. This has given me the opportunity to improve my computer skills dramatically, become proficient at admin, help to look after our potential and current volunteers, research new possible sites for conservation projects worldwide, attend and help run the quarterly briefing weekends, and also to travel throughout Britain to give presentations on what Frontier is about, something which has been invaluable for my confidence and public speaking.

The good thing about this internship was that you are given jobs and responsibilities straight away, which really helps you to learn fast, and everyone around me was always willing to help me out whenever I needed it. It was definitely hard work but I would say that the more you put in, the more you will get out of this placement.

I have come out of it with a huge range of new skills, and also an inside view of how the industry works and better understanding of what path I would like to take in the future. On top of this I have had the privilege of working with a really great team of people throughout my time here – both Frontier staff and other interns, who have made these 6 months a lot of fun. Best of all, I have now been offered an ARO position on Frontier Madagascar Marine and will be heading out to start my next adventure in January!

Ed Cremin: Research & Development Intern

February - August 2010

I have always had the desire to pursue a career within the environmental sector, with my passion for a more ecologically sustainable society driving this. Naturally then, working with Frontier was a perfect fit. Having the opportunity to work with Frontier has been an absolute pleasure. Since I started I have had a wealth of opportunities to expand on my skill set. My work encompassed writing articles, working on future funding and giving presentations all over the country. Working as an R&D intern I had the opportunity to oversee and contribute to our exciting and challenging projects in Cambodia and Tanzania. Frontier also exposed me to the operations of other departments and I was able to build on my presentation and communication skills extensively whilst interning. I now have the opportunity to travel to Tanzania for six months as a Project Coordinator and Assistant Research Officer, pursuing my dream to work with grassroots communities in a conservation setting. The experience I have gained over the past six months will no doubt prove invaluable for years to come, and I hope my Tanzanian adventure ahead of me is merely the start for things to come!

Cat Andrade: Events and Marketing Intern

February - July 2010

After graduating from Roehampton University with a degree in Journalism and Criminology I decided to reward myself by spending three months in Borneo, Malaysia embarking on various community development and sustainability projects. My time away from the UK was intense and incredibly inspiring and as a result on returning home I wanted to continue working towards helping developing communities.

I came across Frontier online and was drawn to the organisation as it was similar to the organisation that I went to Borneo with and also because of the chance to go out into the field on completion of the internship. I was slightly apprehensive committing to such a long period of time in an unpaid position however in hindsight it has enabled me to be involved with more than just events and sales and most importantly developed my skills to allow me to be a more employable graduate. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of responsibility I was given.

I have really valued my time at Frontier and have met some really great people that share my passions for travelling, conservation and mapping out a career in the non profit sector.

Sarah King: Project Development and Events Intern

February - July 2010

I graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Zoology, and a keen enthusiasm to get stuck into a career within conservation. In between volunteering around the world at various conservation sites and the field trips I undertook at University I knew that experience was paramount to being successful in this sector, and thus I applied for a London Internship in order to gain those important ‘Head Office’ skills, and learn how an NGO operates behind the scenes. I first experienced Frontier on my gap year on their Madagascar Marine Conservation and Diving expedition where I fell in love with diving, living on a beach and the underwater world, and this set me up nicely for my Zoology degree! It was because of this that I decided upon Frontier for my Internship placement.

During the 6 months I have acquired a useful array of skills and was allowed a breadth of responsibilities throughout my time here dependent on my abilities. I was initially a Project Development intern, consisting of administration for the current volunteers and also researching potential new conservation spots.

I then moved to an Events position. This role entailed liaising with educational institutions, booking and delivering events in schools throughout the country. The education events we executed allowed me to develop my presentation and communicative skills and are something that I thoroughly enjoyed! I also managed to gain good practise with office software through maintaining and implementing databases and thus my administrative efficiency and organisational skills have become much more developed.

I feel that I have gained extensive skills which will hopefully set me up for a successful career in conservation and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Frontier and encountered some lovely people along the way! And I hope to be back working out in the field very soon!

Fran Roberts: Marketing Intern

March - June 2010

I graduated from Bath Spa University last year with a degree in Creative Writing, and wanted to get experience in conservation. I went travelling before university and fell in love with it, and wanted to do something that fed into that. Frontier's aims agreed with what I wanted to do, and so I applied to join them at their London headquarters as a Marketing Intern. I ended up having the opportunity to get involved with their redesign and rewrite of the web content - perfectly fitting in with my degree! I had an amazing experience working with everyone at Frontier - I certainly became a member of the team and learnt so much, both about conservation and writing for the web. Unfortunately, my financial commitments meant that I couldn't stay, but I enjoyed my time at Frontier so much and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to gain experience with an enthusiastic ethical travel company.

James Harber: Research & Development Intern

October 2009 - June 2010

Having read a degree at the University of Reading in Biological Sciences, specialising in Zoology, and then furthered my education with a Masters in Conservation and Wildlife Management, staying at Reading for another year, I came out of University looking for an opportunity to really get into hands on work with conservation.

Throughout my studies in those 4 years it became apparent that in order to succeed in the conservation industry, it was vital to not only have the knowledge associated with the many different conservation issues in the world, but also to have the experience in dealing with them. As I had the pressure of topup fees the year I went to University, circumstances made it difficult for me to have the opportunity to take a gap year or gain work experience. Therefore I left University with a vast catalogue of knowledge of the issues, but very little experience.

Having joined Frontier as a Research and Development Intern in October 2009, I rapidly found myself given exciting responsibilities, such as writing and producing the quarterly science newsletter, and carrying out statistical analysis on data received from the field. One of the other large responsibilities was to present school talks to A level students, and represent Frontier at career fairs across the country, promoting Frontier's work. Through these presentations, my self confidence as a public speaker has increased exponentially.

During the 8 months at Frontier, I have had a plethora of different tasks set for me; writing up scientific papers, carrying out presentations regarding the various scientific projects, contacting field staff to get regular updates, writing the latest news on the Frontier website which goes out every week, and even having the opportunity to carry out some sales work, which helped further improve my confidence. However, one of the greatest opportunities which I have been presented with as a result of my work as an intern, is that I have been offered a field staff role as an Assistant Research Officer on both the Madagascar Forest and Marine projects for a year, spending 6 months on each. This experience will undoubtedly yield a unique opportunity for me to propel myself even further into the scientific community, with the valued prospect of being able to write papers that could be submitted for peer review.

My work at the London Headquarters really has provided an experience unlike any other in the field, and I am looking forward to getting stuck into some fantastic conservation work over in Madagascar this year, and the next.

Larissa Powollik: Overseas Operations Intern

February - June 2010

With an academic background in environmental economics I was less interested in the research side than the organizational side of an environmental NGO and therefore applied as intern in the Overseas Operations department. Here I got an overview of all day-to-day tasks and general organisational procedures that accompany each project phase, which lasts 3 months.

As a second aspect the internship gave me a good insight into HR activities such as interviewing new staff and advertising vacant positions on online job boards. Additionally, representing Frontier at school and university events gives interns the opportunity to see some more of London's hinterland.

To sum it up, I have learned a lot about the real workings behind a non-profit organisation. I would recommend this internship to any young and committed person with an interest in gap year travel wishing to gather first admin experience after university. During my job hunt, the hands-on admin experience acquired at Frontier has helped me a lot.

Hannah Burton: Research & Development Intern

November 2009 - May 2010

I graduated from Liverpool University in 2008 with a degree in marine biology. After travelling around the world I returned bright eyed and attempted to enter the job market. I soon realised that you need more than just academic qualifications to succeed in conservation. I stumbled across Frontier, and instantly feel in love with it's mission statement. I initially applied for a field position; however they had no appropriate positions at that time and offered me a Research and Development intern position instead. After seriously considering the financial commitment, I decided it would be the best way to gain the relevant experience I would need to succeed in the future and I have to say it has been one of my best decisions! I feared I'd only be allowed to make tea!, however Frontier really gives you the responsibility and the real experience you need to be competitive in the job market. At the end of my internship I'm now preparing to depart to the field as Assistant Research Officer. Doing this internship has really helped me understand all the logistics of field work as well as the research, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. Thank you everyone at Frontier.

Kristina Abengoza: Overseas Operations Intern

January - May 2010

I moved to London last year after completing my Master's degree in the U.S. Though I came from a science/research background, I applied for the Overseas Operations internship position for a variety of reasons. First, I wanted to build a career in the UK non-profit sector. Secondly, while I'm confident of my research and analytical skills, I wanted to build up my project management skills since I thought this would make me a well-rounded candidate.

A six-month internship was a huge time and financial commitment on my part, but I do not regret that decision. After six months, I certainly got the experience I came here for. I gained insight into how NGOs operate and the day-to-day running of overseas projects. Because my tasks are so varied and with each having different timelines, I've greatly improved my organisational and time management skills. I've always been highly organised, but it's still different from developing it in a work setting.

What I really enjoyed about my internship, apart from learning how projects run behind the scenes, are the many, many school Gap Year talks. I love travelling so it was great to see different parts of the country. These school talks also improved my public speaking and presentation skills, specifically how to interact with a different demographic (i.e. students) and cater my presentation in a way that students will find appealing.

Lastly, the people I got to work with are great! I definitely lucked out with my managers. Working for a non-profit where money can be a little bit tight, work can sometimes be stressful. But with the easy-going nature of my managers and fellow interns, and the commitment they've shown for their respective work, it makes managing stress much easier.

Like I said before, a six month internship was a huge commitment on my part. I really, truly believe that I got the experience that I signed up for and I would like to thank Frontier for holding up their end of the bargain.

Alun Thomas: Marketing & Events Intern

October 2009 - March 2010

Having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Russian and Politics, I considered various options before settling on an internship with Frontier, with the hope of getting a practical understanding of event management and marketing. I have always been committed to work in a non-profit organisation of some kind, and Frontier seemed to offer a great opportunity to claim some of that elusive office experience whilst contributing to the protection of our natural environment.

Having completed my 6-month contract, I am pleased to say that my duties have stretched well beyond the kettle and the photocopier. I was initially restricted to basic office administration, and any intern may sometimes need to act forcefully to ensure that they continue to develop during their time at Frontier. However, this is all a lesson in self-assurance, and I did become closely involved in organising and co-ordinating events, vetting applicants to Frontier and handling initial enquiries.

As a result my attention to detail, use of my own initiative in the workplace and competence with office software has improved considerably. The school and university events I have attended around the country have allowed me to see much more of the UK and have made me a more disciplined public speaker. I have learnt much from my colleagues here in the office about effective management, customer service and professionalism.

In the short term I will be looking for similar office work back up north in Sheffield, and I am hoping to start a PhD in Russian Intellectual History in September of 2011. I'd like to thank all at Frontier for a very friendly, supportive atmosphere and wish everyone the best for the future.

Genevieve Finerty: Project Coordinator Intern

August 2009 - February 2010

Having graduated from Imperial College with a Bsc in Biology in the summer of 2009, my original plan was to take a year out to travel after university; however I was pointed in the direction of Frontier by a friend who had noticed the internship opportunity. It was actually the first (and only) thing I had applied for and I was very pleased when they offered me a place in UK Operations.

During my six months I have gained a solid amount of office experience and consolidated my Microsoft Office skills. There is quite a large administrative side to this role, which can seem a bit tedious at times, but there are more interesting sides of it to balance that out! The role relies upon you having strong organisation and time planning skills and to be self motivated when it comes to getting on with your work - all good skills to be able to demonstrate on your CV.

As well as work specific to this role, Interns also represent Frontier at events such as school talks and fairs. This was a bit daunting at first, but was really useful in the long run as a way to gain some experience in giving presentations.

I enjoyed working with all the people in the office - although hectic at times, it has quite a relaxed feel to it, which makes for a pleasant work atmosphere. I am now going on to study a Masters in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation with a view to working in the conservation industry. Frontier provided me with an interesting insight into how a conservation NGO works as well as providing me with some good experience to put down on my CV.

Alison Hyland: Research & Development Intern

July 2009 - February 2010

Having graduated from university in November 2008 I was finding it quite difficult to get a job, or even an interview, as those advertised were generally looking for someone with professional experience. I feel the Research & Development internship has been a great opportunity to gain experience in environmental research and this will stand me in good stead during my future job-hunt. Indeed, I have already been offered two interviews in the coming weeks and I feel that this can largely be attributed to my experience with Frontier.

I feel I have gained a lot throughout my six months with Frontier. In particular my presentation skills, and confidence when presenting, have improved considerably which I think will stand to me throughout my career. In addition I have gained experience in different styles of writing, especially publicity materials such as articles for the newsletter and website, which I didn't possess previously. In regards to research I have become more comfortable with using SPSS and statistical packages I previously hadn't used; minitab and sigmaplot. Also, having a background in natural resources meant I didn't have much experience in conservation or species research so it was a great opportunity to expand my knowledge in this field. It has been great working with both Mark and Elise, in particular I enjoyed the direction and structure that Elise has brought to the Research & Development department.

As my first job after university it has been a great stepping stone which I hope will lead to a future career in environmental research or education. The internship gave me the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge that my academic career hadn't so I feel it has been invaluable in terms of future job prospects.

Melanie Welfare: Overseas Operations Intern

August 2009 - February 2010

I came to the Frontier internship by a slightly roundabout route, not coming straight after university as have many of the other interns. But I knew that I wanted to get experience in a conservation organisation and when I saw the internship, I felt it would be the perfect way to gain relevant skills and knowledge.

Since I started the internship in the Overseas Operations Department, I feel that I have learnt a wide variety of new skills and improved my abilities in many areas. Organisation is a key a part of the smooth running of any NGO and I definitely improved my capacity in this area even though at times it seemed that no amount of organisation would get everything done! That said, the atmosphere and staff of the office meant that even when things were at their busiest, working at Frontier was always relaxed and fun. This is probably the key part of working at Frontier that will stick with me- the people that I have met and worked with. Everyone here has similar goals and interests which means that the staff get along well and that has made a huge difference to the time I have spent at Frontier.

In terms of new/ improved skills, I feel more confident in a range of areas. These are all skills I can take forward in a general way- talking to variety of people in a range of situations, working with and understanding databases (!) feeling more comfortable and capable in an office/ logistics/ organisation type role and taking part in interviews for new staff members- are just some examples. I have also gained a huge insight into the way an NGO runs behind the scenes. This specifically will be a great help in the career I hope to have, setting me up well for future roles and providing with contacts in the area I wish to pursue next.

Overall, I have really enjoyed this internship and feel that it was the right step to have taken at this time. I hope now to take all that I have learnt here and in other roles and use it to get a great job and do something worthwhile!

Lizzy Ward: Research & Development Intern

July 2009 - January 2010

I graduated from university in June 2009, and was really excited to get the Research & Development internship so soon afterwards. My degree was a BSc in Zoology, and I have always been very passionate about the natural world, conservation and travel. This internship therefore satisfied most of my criteria for a perfect job, giving me experience in the environment and conservation sector whilst opening up opportunities to travel and research abroad. I was very interested and enthusiastic about my degree but I was keen to gain an insight into how conservation works from a practical point of view.

The Research & Development internship is very diverse. It has given me good experience in the more scientific side of the job such as scientific reporting, data analysis using SPSS and conducting literature searches. I have also been glad of the chance to be involved in the development of the projects, particularly writing a grant proposal and researching potential projects and funding opportunities. I have enjoyed the variety the internship brings in having to switch from very formal scientific language in the reports, to writing more chatty and entertaining news articles for the website and science newsletters.

The side of the job that I have enjoyed the least is the school talks, although this is the are of the job that I have got the most our of from a personal perspective. I am not a natural speaker, but it has been valuable experience and I feel a great deal more confident as a result. I also found calling the field staff a little daunting, mainly because of the time delay which makes a fluent conversation quite difficult! However, I feel my improved public speaking and communication skills will be invaluable in the future.

In the future I hope to do a PhD, but my internship with Frontier has been a worthwhile change from academia and has provided me with essential skills that my degree did not. My experience as an Research & Development intern has also prepared me well for the next six months working as an assistant research officer on the Cambodia project. I look forward to getting out to the forest, so that I can put all that I have learnt at LHQ into practice.

Rachel Williams: Marketing Intern

July - December 2009

I applied for Frontier soon after graduating from university and in July 2009 began my internship with the Marketing department. Having done a gap year myself and been part of various volunteer projects throughout university, I was excited to get involved in a more ‘behind the scenes' role and learn more about how NGOs operate with Frontier. While my personal interests have previously been in teaching English and community work, after working with so many enthusiastic conservationists at Frontier I've definitely learnt more about the great work and crucial research volunteers do around the world- and if anything, my species knowledge has vastly improved over the last 6 months!

It's hard to define what my job description has been since it's been so varied and I've had the opportunities to get involved in so many different types of projects. Throughout my internship I designed a new Frontier poster, created a presentation, managed the email campaign, designed newsletters and even had the opportunity to write the content for the new Frontier travel advice website, Gap Year Advice. I've been very fortunate to work for some incredibly encouraging and supportive managers, Ian and Jen, who have pushed me to stretch my abilities but also apply my talents, particularly my creative and writing skills, to any job at hand and also learn some invaluable new ones, such as HTML and web management despite me being a complete novice. Jen devised a great structure to the internship by assigning specific projects for me to take on, allowing me to be in control of all aspects from initial research to completion and then see how these projects will ultimately benefit the organisation. With appraisals throughout the internship, I've been able to see where I've improved since I started and also learn what aspects I can still improve on for future jobs.

As my first 'real' job after university, Frontier has been a great welcome to the working world and also has been an exciting introduction into the world of NGOs. Thanks to the experience and knowledge I've gained from my internship, I've already got another job lined up for the New Year. In future, I hope to continue working in the NGO sector but ideally somewhere a little more exotic than London- spending 6 months looking at all the fantastic volunteer photographs has only made my feet itchier to get overseas!