2023 FWS Career Discovery Internship Program Facilities/Maintenance (PO-00736160)

Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) Maintenance/Refuge intern

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 2023-2024
  • 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, Pacific northwest or Alaska: May or early June to August 2024

 Program Details:

  • Positions primarily focus on trail repair, maintenance, and all aspects of refuge management. Some light construction and structure repair (bridges, boardwalks) campground maintenance. You may also assist with any lager scale projects the refuge may be working on during your time at the refuge.  All positions will involve some work outside of the duties of a facilities/maintenance intern depending on the need and urgency of that need.
  • Internships take place at U.S. Fish and Wildlife field stations throughout the country
  • Internships are 13 weeks long during the summer 
  • Participate in a week-long orientation session to kick off your internship

 Benefits: ​

  • Housing provided
  • Weekly Living Allowance $600.00 per week
  • Week-long orientation, expenses paid
  • Assigned U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mentor
  • Travel allowance to and from internship site $1000.00
  • Hands-on experience

 Application Process: ​

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


Position ID: PO-00736160

Expected Dates: May 20, 2024 - August 18, 2024

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

Student Conservation Association