USFWS

SCA CDIP Intern Geovanni Salgado at a US Fish and Wildlife Service refuge

USFWS

Are you passionate about wildlife? Ever considered turning that passion into a career? SCA internships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offer opportunities to work directly an indirectly with wild animals—from sea turtles to salmon, bats to butterflies, avocets to albatrosses—restoring their habitats, monitoring their numbers, sharing their stories with the public, and more. If you want to learn the ins and outs of wildlife conservation, and contribute meaningfully to the preservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat, an SCA internship with USFWS in the place to begin.  

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employs over 9,000 people to manage 150 million acres of land spread across over 551 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of smaller sites all over the country. Interning through SCA is a perfect way to get involved with the agency and decide if a career in wildlife management is the right thing for you.

We post new positions all the time for a variety of interests, skill levels, and timeframes, including many that are tailored for the summer months. Check our search page often and you’ll always find something new!

Career Discovery Internship Program

SCA has partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to provide over 50 internships for students from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

 

An SCA Intern tagging ducks at a US Fish and Wildlife Service National RefugeFWS Directorate Fellows Program

SCA is partnering with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to provide fellowship opportunities for rising seniors and recent graduates interested in a conservation career. Summer fellowships are available in a variety of fields, including biological sciences, natural resources, and refuge management.

News, Stories & Projects

Black Rat Snake in a Bird Next Box at Patuxent

Sonam Ahluwalia on the natural order

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GREENVILLE - Moose have become synonymous with the state of Maine, and preserving the population is a priority for wildlife biologists. It’s been 30 years since the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife conducted a GPS radio collar study on moose, but biologists say it’s now more important than ever that they get this vital information.

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A field dispatch from SCA member Elizabeth Braatz, currently serving as a Career Discovery Internship Program intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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“People Protect What They Love” - Jacques Cousteau

This is my favorite quote from one of the most iconic and recognizable names in conservation. These five words describe my own journey towards becoming a Student Conservation Association intern. I have fallen in love with discovering the diversity that inhabits this planet, and being immersed in the natural environment.

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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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