Internship report example on animal ecology and biology

Internship report example on animal ecology and biology

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This work placement report is a short description of my four month internship carried out as compulsory component of the MSc. Biology. The internship was carried out within the organization Faunagua (Bolivia) in 2009. Since my I am interested in animal ecology and especially of cetaceans, the work was concentrated on the river dolphin, Inia boliviensis, a unique species dolphin species for this country.

This internship report contains my activities that have contributed to achieve a number of my stated goals. In the following chapter a description of the organization Faunagua and the activities is given. After this a reflection on my functioning, the unexpected circumstances and the learning goals achieved during the internship are described. Finally I give a conclusion on the internship experience according to my learning goals.

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Internship activities

My internship report is completely focused on Bolivian river dolphin research. It was planned to participate in a project, which should investigate the abundance and distribution of dolphins in lakes along the Mamoré River. Unfortunately caused by organizational problems this project is postponed to next year. Therefore I had to change my activities. Finally I participated in two river dolphin census projects, presented a workshop and participated in an education program. In the next paragraphs each activity is discussed in more detail. A time schedule of the activities during my internship is given in Appendix I.


Reflection on the internship

The influence on future career plans: Before my internship in Bolivia, I had some doubts about my future career. I was not sure if I would like to continue in research after finishing my MSc. I also did not know what type of research I would like to do. Through this internship, I have seen what elements of my career I like and I got enthusiastic again to continue in research. I have found out that part of the research should contain fieldwork as I did in the internship. I would like to continue in the research on river dolphins in Bolivia. In this country, the research on dolphins is little so there are many interesting aspects to study.


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