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ABOVE: 2015 Career Discovery Internship Program participants preparing to kayak at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Each year, through the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP), we work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to connect young conservationists of diverse background to hands-on service experiences at wildlife refuges across the country.

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Mary Nghe and Stacey Kinney -- two CDIP Interns with the Student Conservation Association

Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on office park ponds. Now, here she was at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen. 

“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks  start flapping like mad and don’t even listen when you tell them to calm down!”

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This post was written for Open Spaces, the official blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
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Isaac Coleman served as a CDIP (Career Discovery Internship Program) Intern at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. This video is his capstone project.

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Shevika Mitchell served as a CDIP (Career Discovery Internship Program) intern at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. This video is her capstone project.

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