SCA is partnering with The Nature Conservancy’s Growing Leaders On Behalf of the Environment (GLOBE) Program to offer students summer internships working for one of the field’s top organizations. If you are interested in starting a career in conservation while gaining hands-on experience with a non-profit environmental leader then GLOBE might be the program for you.

A GLOBE Intern in the field.Each year, The Nature Conservancy hires under-graduate students, graduate students or recent graduates to fill over 30 paid positions during a 10-week summer internship. These positions are available throughout the country and provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the real-world conservation work that contribute to the health and sustainability of our world.

GLOBE offers both field and office-based positions in areas including: marketing, law, policy, environmental studies, philanthropy, and government relations. 

A GLOBE Intern working in the officeThe purpose of the GLOBE program is to contribute to the diversity, size and effectiveness of the global conservation workforce as a whole and within The Nature Conservancy. SCA’s mission to empower the next generation of conservations leaders is helping place the right candidates in these GLOBE program positions.

The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Contribution to The Nature Conservancy’s diversity. Applicant has circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the organization.
  • Commitment to diversity. Applicant has shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity.

Ideal Candidates:

  • are between 18-25 at the start of summer internship
  • possess an exceptional academic aptitude and record 
  • demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, the conservation of the natural world
  • are available for 10 weeks in summer (May-August)
  • demonstrate commitment to diversity 
  • can explain how their inclusion in the program would contribute to the diversity of the conservation movement as a whole
  • previous experience with The Nature Conservancy, conservation, or outdoors is not required
  • demonstrate flexibility and willingness to try new things
  • jobs do not require personal vehicle but over 50% of jobs do require driver’s license
  • will provide cover letter, three references and attach a resume to their application

To apply:

  • Complete a “conservation internship and corps” application here. Be thorough and include relevant details about classes, jobs, and practical experiences. Professional references required and resume strongly encouraged.

  • Email with questions.

  • Application fees are waived for this program – email for fee waiver.

  • Applications are closed for summer 2016

Location Description

Summer internships are located at The Nature Conservancy locations throughout the US.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities

Network of fellow interns and TNC staff

Main Area of Focus

Visitor Services and Site Operations

Education, Training & Skills Expected

  • Communications: some coursework or experience
  • Customer Service: some experience

Download the
Flyer here (PDF)


Past GLOBE Interns

Kiely Hultgren

“The past two months have quickly come and gone. This week took the form of a prolonged nostalgic farewell as friends made their respective departures. It is important, however, that I keep my career goals in mind. I must carry with me the connections I have gained through GLOBE, the business professionalism skills I have learned, as well as the truths about myself that I have unlocked along this journey. I have been greatly shaped by my relationship with The Nature Conservancy. My perspective will always be one of a woman in conservation.”

—Kiely Hultgren, West CT State University

Nico le Bejar

“Minnesota is truly a beautiful state, and I feel like I opened my mind coming here. I remember when I told everyone that my internship was here this summer and there first question was “Why in the world are you going to Minnesota?” As if they thought the state had nothing to offer and was going to be boring. I’m happy I can go back now and tell them how beautiful it was there and how wrong they were. Everyone had painted a mental picture of Minnesota to me as this super humid, hot place overrun by mosquitoes and all other bugs, but that wasn’t my experience at all here. Sure there were bugs, but what do you expect wandering around in prairies and forests in the middle of summer? I saw my first Great Lake here, and I saw the Mississippi River for the first time. I went backpacking for the first time. My list of firsts could go on forever, and I’m sure I would still miss some things.”

—Nico le Bejar, Gozaga University

Martin Ramirez

“As the Latino Outreach GLOBE intern in Indianapolis, IN I spoke to my supervisor often around the challenging to reach and understand the Latino Community. The discussions and learning, I’ve had with my supervisors, are amazing. Those are discussions that every corporation should have. As always, The Nature Conservancy is a leader, and I hope my work during this summer can help TNC become an early adapter on the importance of reaching the Latino Community.”

—Martin Ramirez, Duke University

Jerome Cunningham

“After three previous summers in the GLOBE Program, this is my first GLOBE internship that I share my location with other GLOBE interns. Being able to interact with them has been helpful. I’m getting a lot of support from my supervisor and my mentor. As an individual, I’m starkly different from almost everyone I meet, but that only results in things like learning new perspectives, ideas, even jokes.”

— Jerome Cunningham, City College of New York

Emma Taccardi

“I am glad that the seasonal employees and I can work with each other. Although our positions are different, there is some overlap between our tasks and we help each other out daily. We get along great and are still able to get work done even when we’re constantly laughing about something. I have found that in the workplace, the people, who you work with, can really make a difference and influence your experience. It’s hard to have a “bad day” when you’re surrounded by others who make you happy and are always willing to help you out.”

— Emma Taccardi, Hamilton College