CBS Student Bulletin

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2023 Internship at Nkonzo Wildlife (Hartenbos, South Africa)

We are seeking interns for 2-16 weeks to assist in our conservation and research efforts. Currently we have opportunities available from August 2023 - November 2023

Intern duties include data collection on our observational behavior studies (see below), monitoring camera traps, consolidating reports, beach clean-ups, and other miscellaneous duties. The position is also supplemented with field training basics in wildlife track and sign, bush survival skills, and ethical wildlife approach methods. 

In 2023 we are focusing on:

  • Ecology of white rhinoceros in Fynbos (conducted through non-invasive, observational research) focuses on spatial patterns, social behaviour, and condition monitoring for management purposes.
  • Population ecology of novel brown hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea) occurrence in Fynbos stemming from the recent discovery of brown hyaena presence in an extirpated area of their historical range (Hall, A. and Thatcher, H., 2021. A confirmed sighting of brown hyaena, Parahyaena brunnea (Thunburg, 1820) in an extirpated area of the Western Cape, South Africa. African Journal of Ecology59(4), pp.1047-1050). This work is conducted through systematic trail camera deployment.
  • Continued collaboration with the Endangered Wildlife Trust on their Wildlife and Roads research to better understand the conflict between human infrastructure and wildlife fatalities. 

We also acknowledge that the internship requires a fee that covers the student's accommodation, conservation fees set by the reserves, select meals, and includes a donation to local anti-poaching units.

We would kindly ask for the opportunity to be passed on to any interested undergraduates or postgraduates who are interested in the opportunity. They can visit our website at or email us directly at

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - applications now open

Applications are open for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship – the nation’s leading undergraduate STEM research scholarship – which provides up to $7,500/year for sophomores and juniors who plan to have research careers. UC Davis has had recipients in each of the past 6 years, and we’re hoping you might be one of the next!

The scholarship is open to: 

  • U.S. Citizens, Nationals, and Permanent Residents
  • 2nd and 3rd year undergraduates (2nd year students receive two years of funding while 3rd year students receive one year of funding)
  • Have cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or greater (competitive candidates generally have a 3.7+)
  • Have a strong background in research or independent projects.
  • Plan to become future STEM research leaders in natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.
  • 1 nominee must be a transfer student and 1 nominee must be a military veteran.

Interested candidates can begin an application here and attend an upcoming presentation with more information about the scholarship and application process. Each presentation will be recorded, and recordings will be sent to anyone who RSVP’s.

  1. Thursday, October 19th from 4 – 5pm.  RSVP.
  2. Thursday, November 9th from 12 – 1pm.  RSVP.

Please email Scott Palmer ( with questions.