CDIP Visitor Services/Community Engagement Intern (PO-00734852)

Career Discovery Internship Program

Founded in 2008, the Career Discovery Internship Program provides paid summer internships for college students interested in wildlife careers through a partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Positions are available in a variety of fields, including visitor services, education, natural resource management and more.

To participate, applicants must be incoming college sophomores or juniors. Have access to a personal vehicle. Students who are Black, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or other racial minority are highly encouraged to apply.

Interns will first attend a week-long orientation held in May and then serve in summer internships tailored to various U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service career tracks for 12 weeks at various sites across the country.

The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Come join us for the summer at the Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR! The CDIP intern will provide stewardship and outreach at our Visitor Center, trails, and Wise Point Boat Ramp. Outreach at the boat ramp will focus on shorebirds. Schedule will include weekends.

  • Work with a FWS Park Ranger and local volunteers to operate the Visitor Center and engage with visitors and the local community
  • Coordinate and engage volunteers to assist with pollinator garden maintenance
  • Act as a “shorebird steward” at our Wise Point Boat Ramp providing outreach to visitors about beach nesting shorebirds
  • Develop educational outreach materials about shorebirds and reducing disturbance
  • Assist with routine refuge management including trail and sign maintenance

Area Details:
The Eastern Shore of Virginia NWR will provide on-site housing for the intern in a shared coed bunkhouse. The refuge is located 12 miles south of Cape Charles, VA. A vehicle is required to travel off-site for groceries and other services.


  • US Citizens or Permanent Residents
  • Incoming Sophomore or Junior in college. 
  •  Access to a personal vehicle during your internship.
  • 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.
  • Available to serve in the Northeast, Midwest, or Southwest: May 22nd- Aug 20th

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

Position ID: PO-00734852

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - August 20, 2023

5003 Hallett Circle
Cape Charles, VA 23310

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Distance to grocery store and other amenities

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Housing will be provided in a shared coed bunkhouse with private bedroom. 

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association