Student Conservation Association Internships


Working closely with the National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) has developed expense-paid internships aimed at providing students with the mentorship and hands-on experience needed to build a career in the conservation field.

Internships are found in a wide variety of fields–education, historical preservation, resource management, visitor service, and many others–but they all have one thing in common: they promote social, personal, and academic development, and pave the way for professional success.

Ideal candidates are:

  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • Undergraduate or graduate students during the 2016-2017 academic year who self-identify as being from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Available for a 12-week summer internship
  • Open-minded, with an adventurous spirit
  • Not necessarily experienced in conservation, but eager to learn more – all majors are welcome

Interested students can learn more at:

Students participating in either of these programs will have their SCA application fee waived. Email to let us know you are applying and request a fee waiver.

For more information about SCA or to search our other internship and program opportunities, please visit our website at




Wildlife Biology Intern Postition

The Student Conservation Association’s Career Discovery Program is recruiting for two summer interns to work at our Refuge late May-August 2016.  Our Refuge is located ~2 hours west of Chicago. For more information, please visit

One intern will be in the Wildlife Biology series, and the other will serve as a Park Ranger working with Visitor Services. These positions are paid, housing and travel is also covered. Interns are paired with a FWS mentor, along with professional development activities throughout the summer.

Applications should become live and active on the SCA website shortly after the new year. Students are welcome to send their resume ahead of time if they wish to be considered for a position at our station to:

Jeramie T. Strickland:
Wildlife Biologist
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

Benefits include:

  • Weekly Living Allowance
  • Travel Allowance
  • Housing or Housing Allowance
  • Assigned FWS mentor
  • Hands-On Experience
  • Week-long orientation in May
  • Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Application fee waived upon request

The ideal candidate is:

  • Available for a 12-13 week summer internship beginning in May
  • Open-minded and has an adventurous spirit
  • Not necessarily experienced in conservation
  • Eager to act as an ambassador for SCA and the FWS
  • A licensed driver
  • Able to provide references with an application