Connecticut River Coordinator's Office
Northeast Region
Photo of a biologist releasing a fish into the Connecticut River. Credit: USFWS
Photo of a biologist releasing a fish into the Connecticut River. Credit: USFWS

Internships are a great way to test out a field, learn the ropes, hone your skills, and get academic credits. An internship can help you develop the experience needed to get a job, and can be an important part of preparing yourself for a rewarding professional career.

What are the benefits of being an intern?

  • Hands-on experience.
  • Build up your resume.
  • Familiarity with trade lingo and current trends.
  • Opportunities to network in your field.
  • Opportunities for letters of recommendation.
  • Access to job postings.
  • The possibility of future employment.

How do you select an internship?

  • If you want to find out if a field really interests you:

    • Look for internships that offer a wide variety of experiences so that you can sample the field.

    • Select an employer that is large enough to offer experiences in different disciplines.

    • Identify a mentor to help you navigate through the experience. This will also help you to develop a better understanding and perspective of the field.

  • If you want to develop skills and abilities to complement your training:

    • Set specific goals in advance of the internship.

    • Communicate these goals clearly to your internship host.

    • Make sure the internship experience will provide you with the opportunity to achieve your goals.

  • If you are looking for a hands-on work experience:

    • Be specific about the type of experience that you need.

    • Follow-up on something with which you are already knowledgeable and skilled if you want to specialize.

    • If you want to broaden your scope of experience, select an internship that will complement your abilities, skills and knowledge.

How can you get the most out of an internship?

  • Once you decide on the profession that interests you, try to define the specific work experience you think you would enjoy.

  • Find out what is required of professionals in that field and in that particular role.

  • Prepare a complete resume (or job application), and have it ready for the internship interview.

  • Make sure that your resume addresses knowledge, skills, and abilities required of the internship you are interested in.

  • Phone or email the contact person or internship host to set up an appointment/interview.

  • When you meet with the internship host, treat it as professionally as a job interview. During the interview, be sure to share your specific goals for the internship.

Unpaid internships with the Connecticut River Coordinator’s Office and the Sunderland Fishery Resources Office may be arranged directly with this office by calling 413-548-9138 for an interview. Students will be expected to provide a resume prior to the appointment. They will also be responsible for all necessary paperwork required for academic credit.

Paid internships begin in April and run through the summer, when we have them. They are currently managed through the Student Conservation Association. More information on these and other natural resource management-related internships can be obtained at the This link opens in a new windowSCA Web site.

Students may also be interested in paid positions through the Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) and the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP).


Last updated: September 1, 2010
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