During their second summer in the program, scholars are placed into 8-week long professional internships with conservation agencies, non-profit organizations, or tribes. Scholars work with Program Leaders and the Program Director to identify experiences that will help them toward their career goals and give them the experience of working in that field. Organizations and internships are carefully chosen with the interests of each scholar in mind. 



Hosts have included:

US Geological Survey, US FWS New York Field Office, US FWS Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Chesapeake Bay Field Office, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Idaho Game and Fish, Arizona Fish and Game, California Game and Fish, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Sky Island Alliance, Chicago Botanic Garden, National Zoo, Defenders of Wildlife, Tucson Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, NAACP Climate and Environmental Justice, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation, Ft. Belvoir, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USDA – ARS, Mote Marine Lab, American Museum of Natural History, Sonoran Institute, NC State Climate Office, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Friends of Maine National Wildlife Refuge, and the Morrison Knudson Nature Center.



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Academic Year

During the academic year, students and graduate students continue to meet on campus every other week to discuss academic progress, professional skills, life skills, and preparation for careers or graduate school. Scholars also meet with program leaders and mentors several times each semester. In addition to meetings on campus, scholars continue to take a one-credit online course each semester. Topics focus on tackling barriers to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of conservation.