at Sharklab

When working with Sharklab ADRIA, there will never be a moment of boredom. There are constant new and exciting opportunities, and there are moments that I will never forget. Never before have I had the pleasure of working with such a vast network of friends while constantly feeling like I am learning. I had an absolute blast in my first internship and an unforgettable experience during my thesis.

Emilie De Loose

IMBRSea, University of Ghent (Belgium)

Both internships have really changed my life! If Sharklab ADRIA is the living body where my aspirations thrive, then Andrej and Emina are undeniably its brilliant mind and compassionate heart. The level of knowledge I gained was phenomenal, and the field of experience was expanded in a monumental way. Thank you for the opportunity to not only learn to be a scientist but to be a more accomplished person.

Andrea Garcia Martin

IMBRSea, Spain

During our internship program, our interns conducted fishery monitoring and comprehensive examinations to assess the presence of diseases, parasites, and basic biological traits, including food preferences and reproductive patterns. Our focus centered on the rarest and most threatened species, aiming to deliver crucial data essential for their conservation efforts.

This internship was life-changing for my career. I discovered a whole new perspective on my work and realized that I’m truly devoted to it. I really appreciated the fact that the internship was a mix of lab work, field work, lectures, and fruitful discussions. I had core memories that will never be forgotten. Andrej and Emina’s support has left me more inspired than ever and prepared to advance my career in shark conservation.

Olfa Sehli, M.Sc.

University of Tunis (Tunisia)

This internship was an exceptional experience, offering the unique chance to work with extremely rare elasmobranch species, to do a reserach on microplastics. It was far more enriching than a bachelor’s or even a master’s degree, as every aspect was studied in depth and applied in the lab.This total immersion is an extraordinary opportunity that all elasmobranch enthusiasts should seize.

Klervi Croisier

University of Angers (France)

Getting hands-on experience with some of the most threatened and elusive animals on earth was an unforgettable and enriching experience! The internship covered a vast variety of different skills! Andrej and Emina made me feel at home from day one and I could not have asked for better supervisors. I feel more inspired than ever and fully prepared to advance my career in conservation.

Elias Neuman

University of Gothenburg (Sweden)

We encountered a variety of rare and deep-sea species, while Andrej and Emina always ensured the work was super interesting and informative! As a team, we had a great balance of working hard but also having a lot of fun. The highlight of team-building activities had to be paragliding from 900m high and landing on a beach. I left feeling satisfied, inspired and more equipped to continue my career in shark conservation.

Rhiannon Plant

cardiff university (UNITED KINGDOM)


Andrej A. GAJIĆ

Andrej Gajić is a Ph.D. researcher in veterinary medicine with M.Sc. in marine biology and conservation. Despite growing up in a war-torn country, Andrej always dreamed of working with sharks. Today, he is experienced principal investigator and awarded scientist with over 70 publications. Andrej have successfully overseen 21 regional research projects and lectured numerous conferences across United States, Europe and Africa. As head scientist, he had assignments for National Geographic and Discovery Channel. His research has been featured in over 300 media outlets, including Nat Geo, FOX, Discovery, Warner Bros., CNN affiliates, and many others. 

2022     Ambassador of the Mediterranean  
              Appointed by Barcelona Convention

2021     Special Governmental Recognition
              for extraordinary scientific results 

2020     Early Career Leadership 
              for research by National Geographic

2019     Man of the Year award
              Balkan regional award by LadiesIn


Emina Karalić

Emina is currently transitioning from her role as a human nurse in a hospital to becoming a nurse for sharks and rays, focusing on the rehabilitation and specialized care for injured individuals. She has been deeply involved in various critical projects, including the in-vitro incubation of fetuses from critically endangered spiny butterfly rays and vulnerable smooth-hounds. Additionally, she has contributed to the revival efforts of some rare and elusive deep-sea species. Furthermore, Emina serves as the technical coordinator for educational and laboratory research conducted at Sharklab, overseeing tasks such as pathological examinations, MRI examinations, and morphological analysis.


Contibution fee for full program
1300 per month
  • Accomodation
  • Full field and lab work
  • Lectures and training
  • Interactive workshops


Limited number available
0 Monthly
  • ESAIC low-income countries
  • Some exceptional casses
  • Accomodation
  • Lectures and training

Important info

The contribution fee directly supports our research and covers accommodation, transportation between project sites (by land or sea), training and lectures, interactive workshops, field and lab work, and long-lasting scientific support.

Please note that the fee does not cover transportation to Albania, transfer to accommodation, mandatory health and/or travel insurance, meals, or personal expenses.

Limited scholarships are available for low-income countries and in exceptional cases. Upon completion, participants receive an recommendation letter.

Apply now!

Please complete the form by submitting your basic data, along with a short motivation letter and your CV. If you encounter any technical issues, feel free to email us your application instead. 

Rest assured that our senior officers will respond to you promptly.

Thank you!

we are looking forward to speak with you




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