Jasmine Brock - Overseas Operations Intern
November 2015 – May 2016
My 6 month internship in the overseas operations department at Frontier has flown by! It has been such a fun experience but also really interesting. It was great to see how a conservation non-governmental organisation operates. I loved that the role was really varied, which made every day in the office different. One day I could be helping staff Frontier’s overseas projects and the next I could be purchasing and dispatching equipment out to the projects all over the world. Alongside my internship I was also able to move around the organisation and see how the other departments work. This has included attending events to spread the word about the work that Frontier do as well as helping to assess BTECs for the UK operations department. Being an intern at Frontier was also really fun! Everyone is so friendly and really makes the office a great place to work. Overall, I have learned many valuable, transferrable skills and it has been a great start to my future career.
Natalie Kinsley - Project Coordinator Intern
December 2015 – March 2016
I am very grateful for having the opportunity to intern for Frontier and loved my time here. The people here make the work place what it is! Working with the UK Operations department as a Project Coordinator Intern was a great experience for me. I have learnt a number of important transferable skills that I can take forward with me into my future career. I also had the opportunity to work with the events team, visiting various careers fairs and talks around the country and spreading the word about Frontier. As a first step into the environmental sector, interning at Frontier has been a great experience and allowed me to gain a valuable insight and understanding into how a non-governmental organisation works. In a nutshell I have had a lot of fun interning with Frontier thanks to the fantastic Frontier team!
Alistair Ross - Online Journalism Intern
October 2015 – December 2015
My last three months with Frontier have flown by, so it’s safe to say I’ve loved my time here. I’m sure at a lot of places going in to an office as an intern would often mean your importance and levels of responsibility are fairly small, but at Frontier it’s the complete opposite. I felt that my work as an Online Journalism Intern was both important and valued, being heavily involved in the social marketing of the site, as well as writing articles for the blog of course. As an intern I was also able to get involved with the Events Department, visiting various careers fairs and talks around the country and spreading the word about Frontier, which was hugely rewarding. It was not only the work that made my time here so enjoyable but the people too. There is a positive and friendly atmosphere in the office, and you’re made to feel right at home from the off.
Working at Frontier has allowed me to further my professional outcomes while also putting me into touch with a fantastic group of people. Rather fortunately, my time here is yet to come to an end, and in January 2016 I’ll be lucky enough to be heading off to Central America and lead Frontier’s Eco-Trail through the region. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t absolutely buzzing for it!
Eleanor Stewart - Events & Outreach Intern
July 2015 – December 2015
At the start of my internship I didn’t really know what to expect, but now 6 months later I would definitely recommend it. The internship has given me the opportunity to learn more about myself and my own abilities as well as the inner workings of a very successful NGO. As well as my main role in the events department booking and processing events I have been able to get a bit of experience in other areas. I have really enjoyed the variety: from writing articles for the Frontier blog to helping out the research department or answering the phone to volunteers with questions about their upcoming trips. Throughout my internship I was given the perfect amount of responsibility– I felt as though the things I was doing were useful and important without too much pressure or feeling out of my depth. Everyone here is passionate about what they are doing which creates a really good atmosphere around the office. I got to know some great people and I will be very sad to say goodbye to all of them.
I now feel ready for the next stage of developing my career in conservation. I am lucky enough to be going out to the Frontier marine project in Tanzania as an Assistant Research Officer in April which I am incredibly excited for!
Ellie Hughes - Online Journalism Intern
August 2015 – October 2015
There aren’t many internships where looking at pictures of cute animals and reading about amazing experiences all day is acceptable behaviour, but then again this wasn’t like most internships. From day one, I felt like I was given a level of real responsibility within the marketing team—manning social media accounts, writing blog articles, interviewing volunteers and negotiating with marketing departments in other organisations to help promote Frontier in the wider world. The number of different aspects to the role meant that no two days were exactly the same, and there was always something new to learn.
The staff at LHQ worked hard to make sure I got as much out of the internship as I wanted, so as well as learning more about producing and managing online content, social media, and NGO marketing, I have also learnt about public speaking and the ins and outs of holding successful events. I feel like I’ve gained a number of useful skills that will stand me in good stead for the next stage in my career. And—possibly more importantly—I had a lot of fun doing it! Thank you to everyone in LHQ.
Jacqeline Tokalu – Project Coordinator Intern
June 2014 – November 2014
I really enjoyed my stay at Frontier. The people here make the work place what it is and everyone makes you feel so welcomed and at ease. Working with the UK Operations department as a Project Coordinator Intern (group projects), was an amazing experience. I learnt a lot of skills I previously did not have and improved on my previous skills, it has been a great benefit towards my future career and life in general. This was my first internship and it was a great springboard.
Sydney Allen – Events and Outreach Intern, USA
May 2014 – August 2014
I am so happy that I had the opportunity to work for Frontier. I had never had an internship before this and working here was a great experience. I had the opportunity to learn about a great company and what it takes to start up a company in a new location. The workers are truly passionate about the projects and they passed on that passion to me. I really enjoyed posting volunteer opportunities online and sharing information with potential volunteers.
A huge thank you to Bobby, Ashley, Sara, Jessica, and Amy!
Sophie Aggett – Online Journalism and Media Intern
January 2014 –April 2014
My internship at Frontier was amazing. As an Online Journalism Intern, my duties involved writing content for the blog, helping to manage social media channels, finding ways to promote Frontier and much, much more.
Whilst some internships simply involve tea-making and photocopying, this one is very much like a real job. That sort of difficult challenge is much more useful than being the office lackey! I feel that I have come away from the internship a more inspired, efficient and knowledgeable person (to name but a few of the benefits).
Frontier’s focus on conservation and giving back filters throughout the whole operation and I feel lucky to have spent time in such a warm, passionate and talented environment. Not only did I get a huge insight into the fields of marketing and journalism, and a great experience to put on my CV, but I was also reminded of how important and beneficial a happy working environment can be.
I would like to thank everyone for being so welcoming, helpful and encouraging, and to wish you all the best for the future.
KELLY GIMSON – RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INTERN
AUGUST 2013 – FEBRUARY 2014
At the risk of sounding corny I have spent my last day at frontier being slightly sad as I have to leave after being here for 6 months. As a member of the research and development department I have had the chance to hone my science report editing skills and have also gained essential experience in project proposals, publications submission and grant applications. It’s not all computer based jobs as we also had an extremely exciting trip to the ZSL reef conference were we created a scientific poster about our longest running marine project in Tanzania. For someone who wants to go into this field, having the chance to speak with eccentric scientists who have dedicated their life to conservation was amazing.
Not only have I had the chance to research a new and upcoming project and help adapt their training methods to fit in with standardised methodology (which was great) but I have made some great friends who helped make my experience here one of the best in the UK. Plus my confidence in public speaking has gone up 100% thanks to the career events which involve presenting to school, college and university students. So as I draw towards the end of an era (6 months) I would suggest anyone wanting to go into conservation definitely come here.
Catriona Ross – Project Coordinator Intern
July 2013 – February 2014
Working as part of the UK Operations team at Frontier has been a wonderful experience. I can’t believe how quickly the last six months has gone by! From the first day, you become an integral part of the team and it is immediately apparent how vital the support of the day-to-day tasks you do in the office are to the volunteers that are going out on the projects.
I have been privileged to have a great variety of tasks from helping to prepare volunteers to go away, updating the website with photos and reviews, supporting the preparation of monthly finance, to going out on events and meeting potential volunteers face-to-face.
Even though I was based in the UK Operations team, I was able to get an insight into all the aspects that make up Frontier, as it is very much a team effort.
I have really enjoyed my time at Frontier and feel that I now stand in good stead for any future job that I apply for. As an intern at LHQ, there is such a great working atmosphere, you couldn’t ask for a better place to start out working life!
Richard Kino - Overseas Operations Intern
August 2013 - February 2014
Having escaped a tedious office job I joined Frontier in August of 2013 as an intern in the Overseas Operations department. 6 months later I have gained a wealth of experience, new skills and some amazing new friends! Having always been interested in the environment and sustainable development, Frontier was the ideal organisation for me to develop my skills and knowledge in the sector.
From day one you are given real responsibility and the opportunity to contribute to the successful running of their vital projects. Your internship will be split into two halves each consisting of three months with one half focussing on the recruitment of staff and the other focussing on the logistics of running overseas conservation projects! You will also have the opportunity to attend career fairs around the country and this is a great opportunity to improve your presentation and public speaking skills! Overall I am very sad to be leaving but would definitely recommend this internship to anyone looking for a career in wildlife conservation or international development!
Chloe Stephenson - Overseas Operations Intern
July 2013 - January 2014
I came to Frontier in the summer following my graduation, to begin a six month internship with the Overseas Operations department. Six months later and I am coming away with a wealth of experience that is already proving invaluable. The role was very varied, with a switch after three months, from staffing to liaising with overseas projects. Allowing me to learn a wide range of new skills, ranging from sourcing equipment to sitting in on interviews. There is also a chance to be involved in frontiers Events department. The talks and presentations I gave at schools and Universities have hugely improved my confidence and presenting skills.
Apart from the skills I have gained, I was instantly welcomed into the dedicated Frontier team and I looked forward to coming into work every day. This internship has taught me a great deal about the worthwhile projects with which Frontier is involved and has given me the experience I need to further a future career in the environmental sector.
Ed Hawes - Online Journalism Intern
September 2013 - January 2014
The Online Journalism Internship goes far beyond the stereotypical tea making, photocopying and acting as the general office runner. Being an OJI was like having a full time job; you’re in charge of maintaining most social media platforms, creating copy, uploading content to the blog, working on your own projects etc. If you want to learn about how an organisation markets itself through online media then this internship is made for you. In particular, I enjoyed the Twitter aspect of it, nurturing and seeing the platform develop during the internship was pretty rewarding. The freedom and variety of the role meant I got to learn about all online media platforms and get a real insight into how marketing and journalism works.
I’ve loved getting to know the team, the atmosphere in the office is really relaxed and welcoming making for a great place to work. The marketing team were awesome - very patient, which has resulted in me gaining some valuable experience that will certainly be carried forward into my next venture.
Bluebird Taylor - Events and Marketing Intern, USA
August 2013 - December 2013
I joined Frontier shortly after graduating college and I was excited to help educate people on conservation efforts and opportunities. On the Marketing side I had the opportunity to grow and learn with blogs and enhance my writing ability. For events I enjoyed the inner workings of event planning. Frontier’s genuine passion for educating people on the outside world in culture and conservation has made my time here enjoyable.
My co-workers were very friendly and willing to work with me on projects. I would like to thank UK Marketing and Events Team for their time with me and the Irvine team Bobby, Ashley and Sean for my time here at Frontier--you will be missed!
Kendall Heldoorn-Events and Marketing Intern, USA
June 2013 - August 2013
I am very grateful for having the opportunity to intern at the new US office in Irvine because it gave me on insight on what working for a non-profit organization was like as well showed me a glimpse of what it looks like for a company to start up new headquarters in a different country.
Coming in with no previous experience working in an office, I feel I gained many useful and practical skills such as responding to calls, live chats, and emails. I also acquired new marketing skills involving social media, writing for blogs, and researching ways to promote Frontier.
I am very appreciative of my time spent at Frontier. I feel that I learned a lot in a short period of time and have a greater understanding of what non-profit organizations do. Thank you to Bobby and Ashley for helping me along the way!
Hannah Hickman - Project Coordinator Intern
June 2013 – September 2013
My time at Frontier has sadly come to an end. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working for such an amazing organisation within a fun and welcoming team. I have gained a great knowledge and understanding of how Frontier is run whilst developing new administration skills in a buzzing office environment. As part of my role I have researched and developed exciting new projects for volunteers to join in the future, where I have used my creativity to market them on the website. I really enjoyed learning more about NGOs across the world and all of the exciting volunteering experiences available.
As an intern you are given a great deal of responsibility allowing you to really get stuck in and learn a lot from more experienced staff; whether it was answering volunteer enquires, booking in volunteers or attending career fairs I was always kept busy with a variety of interesting tasks enabling me to build upon my skill set for the future.
I would like to thank all of the Frontier team who have supported me and helped me throughout my internship and I would definitely recommend it to others
Nanna Paskesen – Online Media Intern
May 2013 – August 2013
After 3 months of interning with Frontier as an Online Media Intern, I must say that I have come out of here with a whole bunch of new experiences and skills that will serve greatly for my future in the media industry. I like that my tasks were varied and that I could focus on the things I mostly enjoyed doing. My tasked varied from translation the website, writing online content, sorting photo albums, writing articles to creating and editing videos for the YouTube channel. I have enjoyed having the freedom to come up with my own ideas and research for all these above, and carry them out on a professional online platform. I never had a dull day, as the office is full of young spirit and it has been lovely to work in such a friendly atmosphere every day. Working in the area of environmental conservation is something I wish to do in the future, and Frontier has definitely been a fantastic first step in the door for that.
Ellie Cambridge – Online Journalism Intern
January 2013 – July 2013
My six months as an Online Journalism Intern have been fantastic; and while I have spent the majority of my time here happily writing at great speed, I now find it difficult to concisely express just how much I have learnt and how useful this internship has been for me! I’ve loved getting to know the team, and will really miss working here. I’ve learnt so much about online content writing, social media, marketing, and public speaking. I’ve been given amazing freedom and responsibilities throughout, and have gained experience that is invaluable. In the process of the internship I have increased my passion for conservation, and hope to go on to continue writing to promote conservation issues in the future.
Thanks again to all of the LHQ, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
Gareth Roberts – Overseas Operations Intern
March 2013 – June 2013
Interning with Frontier goes far beyond the stereotype of spending long days photocopying and making cups of tea! My role as an Overseas Operations Intern was varied and challenging, giving me great experience in the running of an NGO. I found I was given ample opportunity to progress my skills throughout my time here and received great support from staff.
Day-to-day tasks included purchasing and organising logistics for equipment to go to overseas projects, updating the website with reviews and administrating staff recruitment, but everyday there was something new and exciting to get stuck into! The events programme that interns take part in is a great way of improving your public speaking and communication skills, as well as a chance visiting parts of the country you have never been to before.
I have had a lot of fun interning with Frontier. The office has a great atmosphere due to the fantastic staff and I have gained many skills that I can utilise in progressing my career!
SOPHIA GELIBTER – PROJECT COORDINATOR INTERN
February 2013 – May 2013
I’ve had a lovely time interning here at Frontier and getting to know the team! Working in the UK Operations department as Project Coordinator intern has provided me with a good insight of all the behind the scenes work that goes into ensuring volunteers have a great time whilst away on their projects!
This opportunity has provided me with useful administrative skills and experience working in an office environment. Day to day tasks have varied from booking volunteers on to their projects, to updating the website with their photos and reviews - a great way to see what they’ve been getting up to out in the field!
I’d recommend this internship to anyone interested in starting a career working for a NGO, it’s a great place to start!
ANTOINE BORG MICALLEF – RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INTERN
January 2013 – May 2013
This role was my first long term employment in the UK, so I honestly embarked on the Frontier experience with very little expectations. This naivety on my part had allowed me to appreciate the organisation’s work from an unbiased perspective, which I found quite exciting and interesting!
One of the biggest accomplishments that I will forever attribute to this internship was being given the opportunity to develop blogging and article writing skills. While this may seem strange, since I worked in the Research and Development department, the internship on the whole allowed me to maximise as many skills as possible. I had always been confident in my scientific research skills, so the internship itself simply provided me the platform to use my acquired skill sets. However, it is this versatility that Frontier offers that has allowed me to discovered new abilities which otherwise would have remained hidden!
I greatly appreciated my time at Frontier, as now I can better grasp the dynamics that run an NGO. Also, the fact that the team was welcoming and warm was an added bonus to the already rich experience…not to mention the fact that tea and biscuit time is a daily treat!
Emily Griffoul - Events and Marketing Intern, USA
February 2013 – April 2013
As the Events and Marketing intern in the brand-new Irvine office, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about the inner workings of a non-profit and to gain many new skills in the marketing field. It helped me think about options for my future career, and I am grateful for the chance to try working in a conservation organization, and to get experience doing office work. Additionally, going to events and presentations helped me become a more confident public speaker and to articulate the value of traveling and volunteering abroad. The internship has also helped me develop my ability to deal with people, whether in person, on the live chat, over email, or on the phone, which is a valuable skill that I’m sure will be useful in the future.
Working with the Frontier staff in the Irvine office was great, and I am sorry to be leaving them so soon. My Frontier internship was very educational, and I am so glad I had this opportunity to try something different and explore the non-profit side of conservation. Thanks to everyone at the Irvine Frontier office, especially Sam and Bobby, for this experience.
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!