KBO’s International Internship Program has hosted 52 young professionals and university students from 16 countries as interns in our long-term monitoring and training programming since 1999. 14 of these young scientists have returned in a subsequent year with increased responsibility in field operations and training opportunities. All have returned to their home countries with increased skills and practical experience and empowered to make significant bird conservation contributions. Many have gone on to earn advanced degrees and are employed in teaching or research positions. Many others are in management positions for conservation organizations. A few have even created new bird observatories in their home countries.
Since 2004, our International Training program has sent KBO biologists and former international banding interns as instructors for techniques workshops and other banding training programs in Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turkey.