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


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

“I hop out of the truck, net in hand and wader boots pounding the ground. The chicks scatter in different directions to thwart me, but my attention is entirely focused on the farthest of the three. It runs freely above the sulfurous mud, and I follow with a galumphing stride. I start to close the gap and reach out my net, closer, closer… SCHLUMP!”

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Community (n):
1. A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) 1
2. A group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. 1
3. A group of nations1
4. A group of actually or potentially interacting species living in the same place, …bound together by the network of influences that species have on one another

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I have a confession to make: I’m an adrenaline junkie. The feeling of epinephrine released into my blood—That increased heart rate and heightened sense of awareness as part of an innate response to perceived danger—is euphoric. I’m also a science junkie, and I chose an SCA biology internship because it seemed like it would involve a ton of conservation field work that would satisfy both my science and my adrenaline needs, and that’s definitely turned out to be the case.

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Today, Elizabeth Braatz checks in from St. Croix Wetland Management District in Wisconsin. She’s part of the Career Discovery Internship Program, a collaboration between SCA and USFWS that’s strengthening the next generation of conservation leaders by connecting culturally and ethnically diverse college students to wildlife-focused career opportunities.

Early on in my SCA internship at St. Croix Wetland Management District, I learned three interesting facts about monarch butterflies.

1. Monarchs journey up to 3,000 miles between Mexico and the northern United States and Canada. each year, and this annual epic journey is actually undertaken by four generations of butterflies.

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