Wildlife Videography & Photography

What can I expect?

This internship will provide you with a perfect introduction to wildlife videography and photography in Africa.  Where else can you expect to see and film some of the world’s most iconic wildlife - often up close and very personal?  Encountering lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest - not to mention numerous species of antelope - on a daily basis will give any up-and-coming photographer a chance to capture some unforgettable images...and memories.  Through your work on this internship, you will also grow to learn and understand more about these fascinating animals and their habits in the wild.

What will I be doing?

On arrival, you will meet with our team to discuss your personal interests and ensure that your time on the project meets your expectations.  You will be working with an experienced photographer who will help you get the most out of your internship.  You may choose to concentrate on film or photography - or a combination of both.  Either way, you will have the opportunity to spend your days in the African bush to create an enviable portfolio of work.

Accompanying our wildlife conservation research team, your day-to-day duties will include documenting sightings made during hyena monitoring, elephant monitoring, vulture surveys, game counts, large predator surveys, and bird surveys.  Your photographs and videos will directly impact our work.  For example, you may assist in photo and video capture on elephant monitoring, spoor and scat survey identifications and data collection on large predators such as lion and hyena, among other activities.  You will also capture the beauty of the African bush during our various habitat protection and restoration programmes.  

Along with wildlife and habitat conservation, your internship will also include time spent in our local community, capturing images that demonstrate how our education and social development projects are aligned with ALERT’s responsible development approach to conservation. Your photographs and videos will be used to keep donors up-to-date with how their contributions are helping to support our work in the community.

When not busy doing that, there are various other videography and photographic projects to be involved in.  These may include:

  • Working on weekly marketing videos to promote our projects, offering you valuable exposure through our social media audiences
  • Updating video clips and photographic images on YouTube and website pages
  • Helping to supervise photographic and videography volunteers
  • Assisting the coordinators on project, whether it be capturing unique perspectives of wildlife through photography and videography, or collaboration of photos for identification purposes. 

Interns agree that ALERT and its partners have full use of any images and films produced by the intern during their placement for marketing and fundraising activities.  You will need to bring with you your own DSLR camera and laptop with the editing software Lightroom and a movie-making programme on it.

You can download our Wildlife Videography and Photography internship brochure here.

What are we looking for?

We require Wildlife Videography and Photography interns to ideally have, or be working towards, a relevant qualification and to be confident with both stills and video cameras.  We are looking for people with sufficient technical skill, but even more importantly, a creative eye.  While it’s hard to make our animals and our environment look anything other than stunning, it is possible to capture something very special; the ‘money shot’ that will take your breath away.  On a personal level, enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard are a must!

Click on these links for more information on the locations currently available:

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Program fees for arrivals between 1st January and 31st December 2018 are GB£ 1,795 / US$ 3,310 per four weeks with a minimum stay of eight weeks. 

Your fee includes collection from the nearest airport to the project site, shared accommodation, three meals per day and memories to last a lifetime!.  Invoice amount is charged on a per day basis.

The cost of flights, visas and permits, travel insurance, optional trips and activities are not included in this price.

If you wish to intern with ALERT, you will need to obtain a Police Check.  As an intern, you may be working closely with children or vulnerable adults to some extent during your stay; therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that these people are adequately safeguarded.  For applicants from the UK, we will arrange the check for you at a cost of £20, which will be added to your invoice and payable along with your deposit.  For applicants from all other countries, please contact your local police department for advice on how to go about arranging your check.  All participants on all of our programs are required to undertake a police check before their placement commences.

If the only thing stopping you from realising your dream of interning in Africa is the financial cost involved, why not join 1000s of other travellers around the world who fundraise to pay for their trip.  Volunteer Forever is an online fundraising resource that allows you to appeal for donations towards your costs while keeping family, friends and other potential donors up-to-date with your progress.  We also encourage you to download our fundraising guide here with lots of helpful ideas on how you can make your appeal effective.


To assess your suitability for this program, please read the What Are We Looking For? section of your chosen internship before submitting your application.  The minimum age for this program is 18 years.

Your application should be sent to intern@lionalert.org and accompanied by:

  • A cover letter detailing your motivation for applying and the skills and experience you hope to bring to bear whilst with us
  • A copy of your curriculum vitae
  • Some samples of your work
  • A letter of reference from an appropriate academic or business source that confirms your experience

Your application will be reviewed within one week of receipt and additional references may be requested.  Only candidates with skills appropriate to their chosen internship will be considered.  Successful candidates will be offered a placement at a location most appropriate for their skills and experience to ensure that both the intern and the project gain the maximum from the program.  Please note that you may be onsite at the same time as other Wildlife Videography and Photography interns.  We regret that not all applications will be accepted and no appeals will be considered.

You may consider yourself ineligible for this program but still want to become involved in the work that we do.  Our volunteer programs give a wide range of opportunities, whatever your background. Click here for more details.
Please ensure you have read our terms and conditions before making your applicationOur internships operate under a responsible tourism policy to ensure your presence will have a positive effect on the environments and communities in which we work.

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