CDIP Visitor Services/Community Engagement Intern (PO-00734853)

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 Have access to a personal vehicle. 

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.

This position will support the refuge's visitor services program through coordinating and organizing programs for visitors, creating a new exhibit for the visitor's center, designing and delivering on and off site educational programs related to freshwater mussels and other important refuge species, and collecting stories and photos to be shared through social media. Projects will involve working with a variety of partners including county Conservation District, the French Creek Valley Conservancy, and the refuge's volunteers.


  • 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-00734853

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

11296 Wood Duck Lane
Guys Mills, PA 16327

Training Provided: The intern will get the opportunity to work with all departments within the refuge to learn about the important work being done to enhance conservation.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The refuge offers 5 hiking trails throughout the two divisions as well as public fishing locations over the summer. We will work with the student to offer educational opportunities based on their individual needs.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Housing is provided but is 5 miles from the headquarters office.

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

The intern would stay in a 3-bedroom house that is shared among other temporary staff (co-ed). The intern would get their own room and have to share common areas (bathroom, kitchen, living room, etc) with other roommates. They would need to bring their own bed linens, pillows, and bath towels. No internet will be provided.

Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association