Opportunities for College Students
The Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is designed primarily for people between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. Young people employed through this program participate in summer work projects throughout the Northeast as part of a team. Although generally not a college-level internship, early high school graduates or students pursuing dual-enrollment are still eligible for this program. YCC is a great first step toward a career in conservation.
The Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) was created in 2008 through a partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Designed to target diverse populations, the CDIP serves approximately 30 students every year, giving them the opportunity to pursue gainful summer employment on any of the Northeast’s national wildlife refuges. These internships should provide the student with valuable career experience in the field of conservation as well as the opportunity to develop professional networks with service employees.
The Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) is for students seeking professional experience working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From the regional office to the most remote field stations, STEP interns work in a variety of different environments. This is a great resume-building opportunity for students who seek to learn what it is like to work for an environmental agency. Students in this program are eligible for annual (vacation), holiday, and sick leave.
The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) is the next step in pursuing a career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Students who have demonstrated exceptional interest and performance in previous appointments are eligible for the SCEP program. SCEP students are interested in pursuing careers with the Service. They are eligible for health insurance, life insurance, retirement, and leave accrual on the same basis as permanent employees with comparable work schedules.