2022 FWS Career Discovery Internship Program (PO-00732521)

Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) – Conservation Diversity Initiative

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) has partnered with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to provide summer internships for first & second year college students from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds.
USFWS Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) is a 13-week, full time, paid summer work opportunity for students with an interest in the conservation industry, who are of Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, African American, Hispanic, or of other racial minority descent.
High-performing interns will have the opportunity to be exposed to widespread geographic locations, a variety of work assignments and tasks, as well as, have the opportunity to be enrolled in USFWS student hiring programs.


  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • First and Second Year college students academic year 2021-2022
  • Some positions in this program will require you to have access to a personal vehicle during your internship.
  • Available to serve in the Southeast, Midwest, Northeast, or Alaska: May or early June to August 2022
  • Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine

 Program Details:

  • Internships take place at U.S. Fish and Wildlife field stations throughout the country
  • Internships are 13 weeks long during the summer 
  • Internship Areas of focus include: visitor services, natural resources management, and refuge management
  • Participate in a week-long orientation session to kick off your internship

 Benefits: ​

  • Housing
  • Weekly Living Allowance
  • Week-long orientation
  • Assigned U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mentor
  • Travel Expenses to and from orientation and internship sites
  • Hands-on experience

 Application Process: ​

  • Apply to this position to express interest in the general CDIP program.
  • Recommended candidates who express interest will be contacted by an SCA Recruiter and may be contacted by USFWS for an interview.

Conditions of Employment
Beginning on 1/18/22, all new SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.

Position ID: PO-00732521

Expected Dates: May 23, 2022 - August 19, 2022

Training Provided: CDIP Members will participate in a week long, expense-paid orientation at the beginning of their internship. Members also receive hands on training specific to their internship tasks at their service location.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: All CDIP interns will be assigned a mentor within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for professional development and support during their service.

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: No

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