On-line Work Experience

Tutored Internships available

We have seen that many students are struggling to obtain relevant and useful work experience in the wake of Covid-19. Operation Wallacea, who run overseas biodiversity research projects, has a team of experienced researchers, designers, marketers and project managers. Due to the global travel restrictions these teams are not running their usual projects for the next few months and so there is an opportunity for them to provide support and tuition for a limited number of secondary school work placements. This helps UK schools meet their Gatsby benchmarks (4-7), provides Internal Assessment and CAS opportunities for IB students, and links with key sections of the science and geography sylabuses from all around the world.

Operation Wallacea has been leading remote expeditions for university and school groups wanting to get involved in real biodiversity and conservation research for 20 years. By doing so we have become experts in planning, training, and delivering complex projects. The work placements we are proposing offer students with an interest in science, geography, English, marketing and project management the opportunity to work alongside our team of internationally-renowned scientists, business development, marketing and expedition management experts.

Placements will be run entirely online, allowing students to work from the comfort of their own homes whilst recreating a genuine work-from-home environment via a carefully managed daily schedule, regular deadlines and constant contact with managing staff via remote working software including Microsoft Teams. Our placements are designed not only to give students an insight into working life, but to develop a range of core skills that are both directly relevant to careers in STEM and transferable to many other career paths, as well as linking closely to their school curricula.

Courses are designed for students aged 16-18, but we can adapt them for those older or at a university level. Contact us for more details.

Contact us to Find Out More

If you are a school teacher or student you can contact us for a recording of the talk here:

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  • Live online mentoring
  • Work with leading experts
  • Real-world work tasks
  • Suitable for students interested in science, geography, business, marketing, English and project management

New Courses Available!

  • Advanced R Coding

    (Applicants must have already completed our Science and Geography Internship)

    £125 – spread over one month

    Building on the success of our Science and Geography Internships where we introduced students to the basics of R coding (now one of the most fundamental skills in the sciences), this course will delve much deeper into the possibilities R provides. We will start by exploring the world of advanced data visualisation by creating more complex and visually pleasing graphs beyond the simple bar and scatter plots covered in the original internships. We will then jump into the world of data wrangling, where we will use R to manipulate and clean our data – one of the most underestimated parts of the scientific process. Finally, we will introduce you to Rmarkdown to create entire documents all within R, completely removing the need to ever open Microsoft Word or Excel! To join this course we require you to have already completed our Science and Geography Internship and have both enjoyed, and felt comfortable, with the R coding we taught during that course. Any student with this level of R skills on their CV and university applications will shine, and it will give a fantastic headstart for anyone wanting to study any of the sciences at university and beyond.

    *Start dates

    • 6th December 2021 (spread over 1 month)
    • 10th January 2022 (spread over 1 month)
    • 11th April 2022 (5 day course)
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  • Introduction to R Coding for University Students

    £125 – 5 days

    The ability to code in R is fast becoming an essential skill for all professional scientists or students wanting to progress into PhD research and beyond. But the level of R teaching varies massively between universities, leaving many students at a disadvantage, whilst others find they would benefit from being taught multiple times in order to feel comfortable applying R to their own work. Coding in R can seem extremely daunting, or something only those with advanced computer skills can manage, and whether students realise it or not this fear of the unknown is usually the biggest obstacle to becoming a proficient coder because in reality it’s a lot easier than people think! This course will therefore focus primarily on building students’ confidence with using R. We will start with the basics, assuming zero prior experience, and gradually work through a range of different uses for R, with a particular focus on data visualisation by producing graphs but also covering how to run simple statistical tests and how to create maps.

    *Start dates

    • 3rd January 2022 (5 day course)
    • 4th April 2022 (5 day course)


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    Science and Geography Internships

    £125 – 5 days

    Students choose from a selection of projects they wish to work on, including Caribbean coral reefs and their fish communities and spider monkey behaviour. They will then complete a week-long programme designed to support them through the entire research process, from project conception and data collection, to data analysis and science communication, producing a final scientific report that would be ideal as an independent research project towards their broader studies and which could also be used for IB Internal Assessments or as the start of an Extended essay or EPQ . Our programme will include introductions to computer coding in R, GIS and the production of maps, and statistical analysis of data, which are transferable skills that would look great on any students’ CV and university application.

     This internship would suit students with an interest in natural sciences and data analysis.

    *Start dates

    • 16th August 2021
    • 23rd August 2021
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  • Medicalinternship

    Medical Internships

    £125 – 5 days


    This internship is designed to provide an insight into various different careers options as a medical professional. Students will be given talks by a team of medics working in different areas of medicine where they will discuss how they have gotten to this stage in their careers and advice on what options are available within medical training for those hoping to follow a similar path. Students will also be set related research tasks and learning resources to help them to understand the work involved in different areas of medicine and help identify which may be of most interest to them in their own career paths.
    This internship would suit students with an interest in medical professions.
    *Start dates
    • 25th October 2021
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    Science and Geography Internships (Part-time)

    £125 – spread over one month or spread over 2 weeks

    These internships teach the same skills as our intensive 5-day internships, but allow students to work on the tasks flexibly over a one-month period alongside other commitments and school work. A series of workshops will be provided as recordings to be completed in a student’s own time, with tasks associated with each workshop able to be submitted at any point during the month. Students will have access to our team of scientists via email and Microsoft Teams, allowing them to seek support and advice whenever needed. After selecting from three data sets, including Caribbean coral reef health and spider monkey behaviour, students will be given a selection of research questions to choose from. They will then learn core scientific skills including literature reviews, computer coding in R, data visualisation, GIS and the production of maps, statistical analysis and scientific writing. These are highly transferable skills that would look great on any students’ CV and university application.

    This internship would suit students with an interest in natural sciences and data analysis.

    *Start dates

    • 15th Aug 2021 (spread over 1 month)
    • 15th Sept 2021 (spread over 1 month)
    • 15th Oct 2021 (spread over 1 month)
    • 15th Nov 2021 (spread over 1 month)
    • 15th Dec 2021 (spread over 1 month)
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    Business Development and Marketing Internships

    £125 – 5 days

    Students choose one project to develop and market – this can either be a business idea of their own, or can be selected from our options focused on tourism including day visits to a forest camp with orangutans in Borneo or a marine research centre in Croatia. For full time students, there will be daily online meetings with experts followed by practical tasks. Interns will be trained in the first stages of business planning with a basic introduction to financial forecasting on Microsoft Excel. Marketing training will include the design of promotional material such as leaflets and posters using open source GIMP software, how to use social media most effectively for advertising and how to design a digital and print media marketing campaign. Interns will also be involved in content creation such as writing blogs and website descriptions of the projects being marketed. The end product will be a digital and print media marketing campaign document for their selected business. Part time students will have access to pre-recorded materials as above with more flexibility in working hours, however we recommend that the course still be completed within 4-5 weeks wherever possible.

     This internship would suit students with an interest in sales, marketing, creative writing and design.

    *Start dates 

    • 16th August 2021 (Full Time)
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    Project Management Internships

    £125 – 5 days

    This internship will give an introduction with daily online training and follow-on practicals, in how to establish a new project or expedition in forest and marine environments.  Training and exercises on developing risk assessments, medical and evacuation plans, designing safe diving procedures, importance of team training and communication, how to medically support the team in the field, what resources and staff are needed to complete the project.

    This internship would suit students with an interest in outdoor education, project management, logistics and safety.

    *Start dates 

    • 23rd August 2021
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    Wildlife & Nature Photography Workshop

    £150 – 5 days

    Whether you’re a beginner photographer, or already studying the subject – this is  aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about creating beautiful photographic stories focusing on wildlife and nature. You will complete a series of lectures along with activities to be completed in the wild spaces near you.

    Topics range from how to use your DSLR/Mirrorless camera manually, planning and composing  the final photographs in a way that tells the story you want and organising and editing your images using Adobe softwares.


    • DLSR/Mirrorless Camera & Lens(es)
    • Access to Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom (7 day free trial available)
    • Access to wild space (E.g. garden/park/woodland)

    Full time students will receive a lecture and a task to be completed each day over five days. Part time students will receive a series of pre-recorded lectures giving more flexibility to work on their tasks, while still benefiting from support on Microsoft Teams throughout.

    *Start date

    • 2nd August 2021 (Part Time)
    • Date of your choosing (Part Time)

    We also now have the option available for students to start the course on a date of their choosing – once we have your booking confirmation let us know what date you would like to begin at:workexperience@opwall.com

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What is this?

A real world training course and professional experience with expert tuition in a variety of fields accessible from home.

What is the fee for?

The fee pays for the expert supervision and tuition you will receive. Opwall is a primarily a research organization that supports global conservation and not a purely profit-driven commercial venture.

What does the student get?

Real experience in running aspects of world leading and unique conservation organization which bridges the often separate worlds of conservation and business. Students will gain professional contacts around the world, a taste of a future in conservation, science, marketing or project management and tuition from world leading experts.

What is expected of the students?

Students will be expected to be available for 5 full working days, starting at 9am (UK time) on the first day of the placement. Our international students will take part in each session at 9AM UK time, but will be contacted beforehand to discuss a schedule for the work around this that suits their time zone. All students will also be contacted to test the online technology. The tuition, training and work required will take on average 6 hours per day. There will be a mixture of tutorials, discussions and practical tasks.

What do the students need in order to undertake the placement?

Students would require access to a computer with a good enough internet connection to support VoIP (voice over internet protocol calling such as skype, teams or whatsapp). No formal qualifications are required. We would recommend that students apply for placements relevant to their career or further study interests. Other than that though we only ask that students are keen to learn.

How long are these internships available for?

We are only anticipating running them during this summer, because we have a unique situation where many of our research and operations staff are not engaged in their usual work due to the Covid-19 movement restrictions. Places will be allocated on a first come-first served basis, and total numbers of placements will be restricted based on the capacity of the available staff to provide sufficient guidance and support.

What about students who couldn’t pay for work experience?

We can offer schools a range of options to support keen students who are in financial need. Schools that have larger numbers of students who are interested in the placements should get in touch to discuss options. Our resources include a free conservation series: Ex Situ. This includes Q&A sessions with expert speakers and rising stars alike in the world of conservation.

Do teachers have to do anything?

No. Students can book their places directly with us, or the school can book placements on behalf of their students.

Wallace House, Old Bolingbroke, Spilsby, Lincolnshire PE23 4EX, UK
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