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Travel. Last chance to apply for Cape Verde volcanology internships

Travel. Last chance to apply for Cape Verde volcanology internships
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Studying Fogo's eruptions

Studying Fogo’s eruptions

British firm GeoTenerife, which coordinates scientific learning opportunities with leading research body the Canarian Volcanological Institute (INVOLCAN), has announced that the deadline for applications will be extended to Monday 23 February 2015.

The development is due to issues with post, but will allow late students one last chance to apply.

Intended for postgraduate and undergraduate Earth Sciences students from British universities, the internships take place from March 31st to May 1st, 2015 in Cape Verde.

Cape Verde, an archipelago of ten islands located 350km off the west coast of Africa, is of great geological interest because its islands are so young – between eight and 20 million years old. This winter Fogo volcano, which INVOLCAN have been monitoring for seven years, saw its most significant eruption for 60 years.

Dr Nemesio Perez, Coordinator of INVOLCAN, explains why they chose to offer the internships in association with GeoTenerife: “The point is to help young students to make a start in their chosen careers. They will see the whole process – from taking samples out in the field to testing in the lab, and writing it up.”

While working closely with scientists from INVOLCAN, the interns will contribute to research papers of the highest standard. Research conducted by six British internship students this year will be used in publications revealed at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna in April 2015.

The trip will cost £1,200 plus VAT and all students organise their own travel to the Canary Islands. But why do GeoTenerife charge for these internships? Sharon Backhouse, Director of GeoTenerife, says: “We want to be able to offer a programme with a high learning content, across a range of disciplines.

“On a GeoTenerife internship, our students are taught, challenged and supported on a daily basis. The scientists that interns work with, usually on a 1:1 or at most 1:2 basis, are from INVOLCAN, the well-respected Canarian Volcanological Institute. Dr Nemesio Pérez is a geochemist and world authority on geothermal potential and volcano degassing.

“The institute actively monitors volcanoes around the globe and publishes papers on their research, often leading the field with their theories. Interns may have the opportunity to contribute and be named on one of their published papers.

Dr Pérez says: “Working in Fogo since the eruption in November has been an incredible experience – it’s an opportunity that every volcanologist dreams of. Although of course, it has also been harrowing – many of our friends and colleagues have lost their property and homes, but thankfully there has been no loss of life.”

More information and written and video testimonials from 2014 interns can be found on the GeoTenerife website.

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