National Wildlife Refuge System
Northeast Region
CIP students planting trees The Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP)

Founded in 2008, the Career Discovery Internship Program (CDIP) was created in partnership with the Student Conservation Association to help prepare the next generation of wildlife professionals and managers. These internships provide a diverse group of youth with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field. Conservation interns are paid a living wage and, in some cases, are also provided with room and board for the duration of their service.

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Volunteers provide their skills and energy to the reforestation effort, clean-up projects, school programs, maintenance of public facilities, trail construction, office work and wildlife monitoring. We invite you to learn from first hand experiences. By volunteering, you'll gain knowledge about the refuge, its purpose and defining management activities and have the chance to get involved with a vision of wildlife, natural landscapes and quality of life for all Americans.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is committed to building partnerships which encourage conservation and protection of our natural and cultural resources. Refuges across the Northeast Region partner with 54 friends groups to meet our mission together.

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Youth Opportunities

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge System offer internships and volunteer opportunities to high school and college-aged students looking for hands-on environmental career experience. From work in biology and conservation to journalism and new media production, students are placed in stimulating work environments designed to facilitate personal and professional growth.

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Northeast Region Field Notes

Last updated: May 24, 2016