2022 FWS Career Discovery Internship Program

Expected Dates
May 23, 2022 to August 19, 2022
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Position ID
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.
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  • Internships will be located throughout the US.
  • 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.
  • 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
Education, Training & Skills Expected
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Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
some experience
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Public Speaking
some experience
Working with Children
some experience