In 2008, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina established the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program (DCIP) for students of color, focusing our outreach on North Carolina’s 10 historically black colleges and universities. Campus outreach now includes the entire University of North Carolina system. CTNC and its partners introduce promising students and recent graduates to careers in conservation, and connect conservation organizations to potential employees.

DCIP seeks to engage applicants from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American backgrounds in conservation careers. Connecting more diverse applicants to an employment pathway has led to greater equity, diversity and inclusion of all people in conservation. Promising students and recent graduates are introduced to careers in conservation, and conservation organizations connect to potential employees.

Since inception of the program, CTNC has connected 111 interns to land trusts, government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations across North Carolina. More than half of our intern alumni now work and/or volunteer in conservation organizations including the US Forest Service.

The deadline for the positions below has been extended to May 4, 2018

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Natural Resource Specialist - US Forest Service, Eastern Divide Ranger District

Blacksburg, VA

This internship is designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service natural resources programs and a practical understanding of the policies of the organization. The intern will gain hands-on field experience in multiple natural resource areas such as recreation, fire, wildlife, timber, etc. The intern will work with various Forest Service staff. The intern will assist with partnership projects with local NGO or State A ...

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Natural Resource Specialist - US Forest Service, Glenwood-Pedlar Ranger District

Natural Bridge Station, VA

This internship is designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service natural resources programs and a practical understanding of the policies of the organization. The intern will gain hands-on field experience in multiple natural resource areas such as recreation, fire, wildlife, timber, etc. The intern will work with various Forest Service staff. The intern will assist with partnership projects with local NGO or State A ...

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