Career Discovery Internship Program

US Fish & Wildlife Service
Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP)

Founded in 2008, the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) was created in partnership with the  US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to prepare the next generation of wildlife professionals by introducing culturally and ethnically diverse college freshman and sophomores to conservation careers.

“We must strive to become nation’s premier employer, one that better reflects the mosaic of people that we serve.” Rowan Gould, FWS Deputy Director, 2009

Interns attend a week-long orientation held in May and serve in summer internships tailored to various FWS career tracks. Summer internships are available in a variety of fields, including visitor services, education, resource management – and many more!

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

The ideal candidate pool includes:

  • Students who self-identify as being from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Current college freshmen and sophomores

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
  • Encouraged to apply by 2/15/15 (although earlier than that is even better)

Download the CDIP Flyer (PDF) for more information or to spread the word.