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Student Internships: Wildlife

Looking for an Internship Working with Wildlife?


The following are organizations that offer internships to students interested in wildlife and conservation.

Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is a teaching hospital and visitor center dedicated to saving wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine. CROW offers an opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in Environmental Conservation, Education, Communications or other related fields.

The intern will learn about CROW on an organizational level and apply the information through public speaking engagements and outreach events. Students will also learn about the impact of communication through social media outlets and community partnerships with local newspaper and media companies.

Applicants must submit a completed package to me including the following details:

  • One Page Letter of Intent
  • 2x Business/Education Letters of Recommendation
  • 1x Personal Letter of Recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial Transcript

As packets are reviewed, any qualified applicants are contacted for either an electronic or in-person interview. The position will be considered open until a candidate has been selected.


International Wolf Center

The mission of the International Wolf Center is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands, and the human role in their future. The home of the International Wolf Center is in Ely, Minnesota, and is visited by 40,000–50,000 visitors each year. In addition to viewing our resident wolf pack and exploring our award-winning Wolves and Humans Exhibit, visitors also have the opportunity to explore wolf pack habitat through our many outdoor naturalist programs.

The Center offers several wolf education internships throughout the year. Typically internships are offered during the summer months and academic school year, although timing may change depending on programming needs. A degree in environmental education or related field, or prior teaching experience is preferred for the position.

Wolf Educator Internship


  • Conduct wolf education and natural history programs for the public and groups.
  • Teach large and small groups as well as answer wolf and natural history questions from visitors
  • Lead interpretive hikes and field trips
  • Assist in program development for people of all ages
  • Respond to wolf information inquiries by phone and e-mail
  • Create projects for the education department as assigned

The internship runs from August 20, 2013 – June 1, 2014 (dates may be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic calendars and programming. Intern commitment is 40–45 hours per week, including time on weekends and holidays. Interns receive a $1,000 stipend.

Summer Internship1


  • Conduct wolf education and natural history programs for the public and groups
  • Teach large and small groups as well as answer wolf and natural history questions from visitors
  • Lead interpretive hikes and field trips
  • Assist in program development for people of all ages
  • Respond to wolf information inquiries by phone and e-mail
  • Create projects for the education department as assigned

The internship runs from May 15, 2013 – October 15, 2013 (dates may be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic calendars and programming needs. Intern commitment is 40–45 hours per week, including time on weekends and holidays. Interns receive a $500 stipend plus off-site housing.

Summer Internship 2


  • Conduct wolf education and natural history programs for the public and groups
  • Teach large and small groups as well as answer wolf and natural history questions from visitors
  • Lead interpretive hikes and field trips
  • Assist in program development for people of all ages
  • Respond to wolf information inquiries by phone and e-mail
  • Create projects for the education department as assigned

Internships run from May 28, 2013 – August 15, 2013 (dates may be somewhat flexible to accommodate academic calendars and programming needs. Intern commitment is 40–45 hours per week, including time on weekends and holidays. Interns receive a $500 stipend plus off-site housing.

Contact: Kate Sinner, Intern Program Specialist ( or visit


Earthwatch Institute

Earthwatch is an international environmental nonprofit organization that funds field expeditions in more than 50 countries. Earthwatch expeditions provide individuals with opportunities to participate in hands-on scientific research all over the world. We also partner with schools, businesses, governments, and other philanthropic organizations to enable a broad range of people to learn and change the world through our experiential model. Staff members at Earthwatch develop, manage, market, and recruit for our varied expeditions, programs, and partnerships. Earthwatch does not employ the scientists or research staff that runs the expeditions we support; they generally work for universities or other research institutions.

Fundraising Development Intern

Interns will be involved with annual giving, special events, donor relations, corporate and foundation relations, prospect and donor research, online fundraising, and management operations. This position will be a great fit for a learning-oriented individual who has an entrepreneurial drive and excellent research and communication skills. Responsibilities include:

  • Researching biographical and financial information on individuals, foundations and corporations to create research profiles for fundraising priorities.
  • Working with staff on ways to further engage Earthwatch’s leadership donors.
  • Making stewardship phone calls to Earthwatch donors.
  • Creating new database records, inputing/updating address information, notes, relationships, and other pertinent information in records as needed.
  • Troubleshooting and correcting database errors and duplications, assisting with ongoing projects to update and reconfigure database.
  • Assisting with mailings, filing, and other administrative tasks as needed.

Contact: Applicants are to submit materials to (no phone calls)

Program Associate Intern

This Program Intern will assist in a variety of tasks that aim to engage and inspire confident ambassadors who are passionate about supporting sustainability within their organization and their community. Responsibilities may include the following:

  • Conducting research to support ongoing partnerships.
  • Analyzing potential research partners whose research and interests provide a fitting platform for corporate sustainability.
  • Reviewing and processing participants’ reports and evaluations.
  • Assessing the impacts of field-based research projects on funded partners and their stakeholders and create case studies to further the mission and communication to our partners.
  • Assisting Earthwatch staff in the field for local “scientist for a day” initiatives on water quality and urban forests.

Contact: Applicants are to submit materials to (no phone calls)

Research Associate Intern

Research Associate Interns will assist the Research Department in a variety of tasks relating to the outcomes and impacts of field research projects Earthwatch supports in four Research Areas: Climate Change, Ecosystem Services, Oceans, and Cultural Heritage. Interns will evaluate projects’ achievements relating to conservation, education, publication, environmental impacts, long-term legacy, capacity building, and partnerships. Responsibilities include the following:

  • Assessing the impacts of field-based research projects on local ecological systems, socio-cultural systems, management plans, and on regional, national, and international policies.
  • Evaluating links between scientific results/recommendations with on-the-ground application, effective partnerships, and community-based initiatives, including ecotourism.
  • Evaluating the increase of scientific knowledge through of scientific peer reviewed journal articles and other media.
  • Writing the scientific outputs and outcomes of Earthwatch projects in a way that is accessible to the public on the web.

Contact: Gitte Venicx, Research Program Manager (


Kerulos Center

The Kerulos Center is a legally-incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Oregon and established December 30, 2008. Our vision is a world where animals live in dignity and freedom. We translate this vision into everyday living by helping animals in need. Our work empowers people to change their lives for animals to make all places are sanctuary. Kerulos is collaborative and holistic in philosophy and method. Our activities and publications extend abroad but we remain grassroots with the purpose of enhancing dialogue, bridging groups and ideas, and building social capacity for change. Our programs are interdisciplinary and international, drawing from multiple cultures and knowledge bodies (e.g., western, tribal, animal-inclusive). We do not prescribe how to be; rather we support personal empowerment to make changes that benefit all animals.

The Kerulos Center offers year-round internships for students, professionals, and others who wish to deepen their understanding of animal minds and lives and put their learning into direct action. Our internships offer a powerful firsthand experience of grassroots work with animals, along with a learning and reflection framework that supports personal, professional, and community development. Kerulos internships are rooted in the philosophy of learning in service where coursework is directly applied to a hands-on practicum that helps animals in need. Learning goals include:

  • Build a strong foundation in principles of trans-species psychology and animal traumatology
  • Gain firsthand experience working with animals and animal rescue-restoration organizations
  • Translate learning experience to personal, professional, and ethical development

Internships are mentored and self-paced. There are three components: (1) coursework; (2) practicum with one of our U.S. or international partners; and (3) personal and professional development.

Find out more here:


Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals. NRDC’s priorities include:

  • Curbing global warming and creating the clean energy future
  • Reviving the world’s oceans
  • Defending endangered wildlife and wild places
  • Protecting our health by preventing pollution
  • Ensuring safe and sufficient water
  • Fostering sustainable communities

NRDC interns play an active role on the frontlines of the environmental movement. Over the course of an internship, interns work with lawyers, scientists, or policy analysts in different program areas and amass experience that they could not have obtained anywhere else. The NRDC offers both legal and non-legal internships.

Legal Internships

NRDC’s summer legal internships are available to students enrolled in law school. Interns write briefs, draft complaints, prepare legal analyses, obtain affidavits, investigate corporate and government malfeasance, and draft white papers and comments for submission to Congressional committees and administrative agencies.

Non-Legal Internships

NRDC also offers non-legal internships within our program areas as well as in Administration, Communications and Development.

Individuals can search for available internships on job openings page:


Jane Goodall Institute

Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Our work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision. Specifically, we seek to:

  • Improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy
  • Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities
  • Create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them

Full-time and part-time internships are available with JGI in our USA headquarters office in Vienna, VA (Washington-Metro area) and on occasion elsewhere around the United States for specific projects. The following internship opportunities are currently available:

Youth Outreach, Engagement and Education Internship

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is currently seeking applications for internships. Founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program provides young people with the knowledge, tools and hopeful inspiration to improve the environment and the quality of life for people and animals. Connected through a dynamic online network, Roots & Shoots members have come from more than 120 countries and through their projects have completed more than 3,500 projects to improve their communities.

JGI staff strive to make internship experiences valuable and meaningful for both the student and the organization. Over the course of a semester-long experience, interns work independently and collaboratively on an array of projects that are set up to meet their personal goals, interests and strengths. Our goal is to provide students the experience and knowledge to advance both their academic and professional careers.

Writing and Online Journalism

The basis of communication with the Roots & Shoots network is through our vibrant and dynamic website Creating content that’s meaningful for our membership, and reporting on the impacts of their projects is important for attracting new members, and maintaining current membership. Interns in this focus can expect to write two to three articles per week, regularly write copy for enewsletter and eblast communications with the Roots & Shoots network and work collaboratively to edit and polish writing style and form.

Graphic Design and New Media

In today’s world, visuals are key to catching and maintaining people’s interest. For nonprofit organizations visuals are even more important as we’re competing for attention with a vast diversity of causes and charities that individuals can support. Interns who work in this area will help create logos/graphic identity for Institute initiatives such as the upcoming Roots & Shoots Help A Habitat campaign, graphics for web pages, e-newsletters, e-blasts and print materials for events such as Dr. Goodall’s North America Tour.

Social Media

The social media landscape is constantly evolving. Interns who work in this area will help support the Institute’s efforts to distribute content and engage users on social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and new platforms like Pinterest. In addition, interns will also help gather analytics on efficiency and engagement in the Institute’s social media efforts, as well as growth and reach in subscribership.

Education – Curriculum and Resource Management

The Roots & Shoots program serves a wide variety of audiences and communities. Ensuring that each of these constituencies has the resources they need to excel is critical to program success. Interns who work on projects in this area will update current resources, adapt them to specific audience groups and create new resources. Examples of resources include the Roots & Shoots Environmental Service Learning curriculum, project planning resources, and developing activities for the upcoming Help A Habitat campaign.

Outreach and Community Relations

Outreach and Community Relations is critical to maintaining the network and continuing to support growth. Outreach happens in many different facets, including collaborations with other like-minded organizations. Interns who work in this area will support efforts to engage organizations and potential funders in meaningful and beneficial ways to both parties- drawing attention to the Roots & Shoots program and highlighting ways youth, community leaders and educators can get involved.

Member Engagement and Support

The Roots & Shoots online network is full of members with diverse support needs and requests. Ensuring that their needs are met to the best of our ability is crucial to maintaining their involvement in Roots & Shoots work, their community, and with JGI as an organization. Interns who work on projects in this area will interface directly with members supporting their efforts on the ground, answering questions and interacting directly with members to ensure their success.

Member Data and Analytics

Keeping close track of the impact of the Roots & Shoots network, and the distribution of groups is important for our communications efforts both within the network itself, as well as with our other constituencies such as donors and the media. This data is also helpful for strategic planning and making decisions on where to place emphasis in our ongoing efforts to support the network and grow. Interns who work on projects in this area will focus on data management and preparation of reports for various audiences on the scope of the Roots & Shoots network, and our ongoing impact in communities across the United States and around the world.

Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week for three months.

Contact: Shawn Sweeney (

Development Department Internship

This is a unique opportunity to aid a great cause while gaining experience with nonprofit administration, database management, fundraising and more. The intern will work with a six member development team supporting the fundraising efforts for major gifts, foundations, corporate giving, and membership. This position will also assist other departments as needed, so an enthusiastic, cooperative spirit ready to frequently take on “other duties as assigned” would be the best fit. Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with strategic donor and prospect research including individual, corporate and foundation donors; compiling information from multiple online sources to share with senior staff and helping assess
  • corporate environmental records and philanthropic priorities.
  • Assisting with the donation acknowledgment process.
  • Assisting with preparation for donor meetings and outreach.
  • Supporting donor cultivation events as needed, including venue research and invitation mailings.
  • Helping maintain donor database including the streamlining of duplicate records.
  • General administrative duties for the department.

Interns are required to commit to a minimum of 15 hours a week.

Contact: Chris Brooks, the Director of Membership and Marketing (

Office of the Founder Internship

Dr. Jane Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, spreading her message of hope all over the world. On any given day, she may be speaking about her chimpanzee behavioral research in what is today Tanzania; the threats facing chimpanzees; JGI’s community-centered conservation programs in Africa; and the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.

Interested individuals will have a unique opportunity to interact with the world’s foremost authority on wildlife conservation while gaining a bird’s-eye view into the inner workings of the Institute.

The Office of the Founder (OOF) intern will work with the members of the Office of the Founder’s team, as well as other JGI staff, to support their work and projects on a day-to-day basis. The intern’s responsibilities will include:

    • Supporting OOF’s director and outreach coordinator in the planning of Dr. Goodall’s lecture tours.
    • Responding to correspondence sent to Dr. Goodall (emails and letters).
    • Researching specific topics related to Dr. Goodall’s writing requests.
    • Organizing and maintaining JGI’s archives, including physical and electronic files.
    • Generating content for the website/social media and helping edit documents.
    • Providing support related to media requests.
    • Performing general administrative tasks.

Interns have a flexible schedule but must commit to 20–30 hours per week.

Contact: Radha Ramachandran (



Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.  They offer the following internship opportunities:

Diversity Internship Program

Every summer, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) hires students to fill over forty paid internship positions during a 10-week internship. These positions are available throughout the country and provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the work being done in the world of conservation to promote a healthy, sustainable planet. TNC offers internships in the following areas:

  • Science Conservation Marketing/Communications
  • Environmental studies Government relations MBA finance
  • Business Human resources Information technology
  • Policy Philanthropy

Contact: No direct contact (link to PDF describing program); visit


The GLOBE Internship Program

Through the GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) internship program, The Nature Conservancy hires students and recent college graduates to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. This is a unique opportunity for students and recent graduates to bridge the gap between what is learned in the classroom and on-the ground work in the world of conservation. Additionally, the GLOBE program provides interns with the chance to directly work toward a sustainable future for our planet on the side of the Conservancy, the world’s largest environmental organization. The Nature Conservancy offers GLOBE internships in the following areas: Conservation/Environmental Studies, Science, Information Technology (Computer Science), Marketing/Business, Marketing (Photo editing/Production Assistant), Communications, MBA Finance, Policy, Government Relations, Audit, and Philanthropy.

Contact: No direct contact (link to PDF describing program and application details)



National Wildlife Federation

NWF works to improve federal and state policies that will improve wildlife conservation on hundreds of millions of acres of public, tribal and private lands, including thousands of miles of streams, rivers, lakes and coastlines across America. The organization encourages Congress to pass legislation that includes adequate funding for natural resources and directs federal agencies to include climate science in their wildlife conservation management plans.

(There are currently no internship openings, but a brief description of the program is provided below).

Working side-by-side with knowledgeable professionals and receiving support from the internship coordinator, interns develop a variety of professional and personal life skills. Internship projects support commonsense conservation in communities and throughout the nation. Departments benefiting from the skills interns provide include conservation, education, fundraising, communications, legal and publications.



Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

All WCS interns and volunteers are based in New York City work within one of our four zoos or aquarium. As a cultural institution, conservation organization, and zoological attraction, WCS offers a diverse array of internships and volunteer opportunities in the following areas:

  • Guest services
  • Animal care
  • Conservation programs
  • Education
  • Development
  • Public affairs
  • Administration

Available internships can be found on the careers search page:



World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

The WWF is an international fundraising organization that works in collaboration with existing conservation groups and brings substantial financial support to the conservation movement on a worldwide scale. WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Their vision is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

WWF internships are designed typically for graduate students, although some may be appropriate for advanced undergraduates. Projects can be undertaken over the summer (with extensions, as necessary, into the fall semester).

Most projects could also be extended over the course of one or two semesters as part of a student’s course work or thesis requirements; advance arrangements would be necessary with faculty advisors. Internships are typically unpaid unless otherwise noted, but facilities, library resources, and computers at WWF headquarters are available. Hours are flexible. To qualify for an unpaid internship, the student must provide documentation that they are receiving credit from their university, or that the work they will be performing is consistent with a course requirement.

WWF offers internships in the following areas:

  • Business & Industry
  • Conservation Strategy and Science
  • Development
  • Market Transformation
  • Marketing and Communications


Loop Abroad

Loop Abroad offers custom group programs working with animal shelters, sanctuaries, and conservation projects around the world (South Africa, Thailand, Amazon), as well as open-enrollment programs that individual students can apply for. Find out more at

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