A summer internship with sea turtles now open at this luxury resort in the Maldives, all expenses paid.

One lucky individual has the chance to win a summer side gig like no other. This surreal opportunity this summer offers a two-week, all-expenses-paid internship at a luxury Maldives resort looking after sea turtles. 

That’s right! A two-week internship on pristine white beaches of paradise is currently open and taking applications, complete with a sunset cruise, snorkeling tour trip in Baa Atoll, beach BBQ, meals, accommodations in a Beach Villa, a Balinese treatment, and travel expenses included.

The Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu in the Maldives is looking for a summer intern to assist Dr. Claire Petros at the Olive Ridley Project Marine Turtle Rescue Centre. Dr. Petros is one of the U.K.’s leading turtle specialists and studied at both Oxford and Bristol Universities.  

The Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu

Courtesy of The Coco Collection (Facebook)

To enter the contest, applicants will need to submit a two- to three-minute video of themselves along with a 500-word cover letter that explains why they are the perfect fit for this unique opportunity. A love of sea turtles and creatures of the deep is likely a good characteristic to have.

The internship is not paid – other than the free trip to paradise – and has some responsibilities that come with the vacation, and all of them sound pretty cool themselves. Whoever the lucky winner is will learn a heck of a lot about turtles and get this great vacation out of it, along with some seriously awesome selfies.  

From the contest website, daily intern duties will include:

  • Feeding the turtles.
  • Cleaning holding tanks.
  • Observing surgeries and medical procedures.
  • Attending rescue missions to collect turtles in need.
  • Assisting with the release of rehabilitated turtles back into the ocean.
  • Interacting with guests and giving them information on the turtles staying at the centre.
  • Attending any Olive Ridley Project presentation evenings.
  • Posting on the Olive Ridley Project’s social media platforms, to update on your personal progress and show a behind-the-scenes look of the Rescue Centre.

The contest rules state all applicants must be 18+, do not need to have prior experience but interest in the field is appreciated, and is open to all nationalities. The two weeks will start sometime in August 2019, the start date is negotiable once the winner is selected. The full contest rules and entry form can be found on the Olive Ridley Project website. Questions can be emailed to inturtleship@cococollection.com.

The contest opened June 4 and will be taking entries until July 1.

There are sure to be a lot of people interested in this opportunity, as the chance to spend two weeks making friends with sea turtles does not come along every day. The free vacation in paradise is just icing on the cake.

What do you think about this contest, will you be entering for a chance to win? Seems perfect for a budding marine biologist or veterinary student. Does anyone out there have sea turtle expertise they can share with us? Let us know what you think in the comments below.