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.

All 2018 internship applications are due by March 1, 2018.

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Youth Environmental Leadership Program Assistant - Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville, NC

The  intern will be active in the day to day workings of and serve as a leader for a dynamic, educational, work-based paid internship for youth of color (ages 15 to 19) from primarily low wealth backgrounds.  This may include transporting interns to work day locations or educational opportunities and working as the site leader.  The intern will assist with organizing a staff / intern camping trip and an end of summer ceremony for GreenWorks staff, board, and community partners showcasing Green ...

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Great Coharie River Intern - Coharie Intra-Council, Inc.

Clinton, NC

The GCRI Internship position will assist in coordinating between the Coharie Tribe and the American Indian Center in UNC Chapel Hill, in conjunct6ion with its NC Native Asset Coalition initiative to conduct asset mapping and needs assessments around the education outreach and stewardship efforts necessary to support the Coharie Tribe in the cleanup of the Great Coharie River, and support for Community Gardens and associated community efforts.   Internship Position Title:< ...

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Conservation Legal Assistant - Conserving Carolina

Hendersonville, NC

The position will assist staff to undertake conservation real estate transactions, research and analyze critical legal issues that impact our conservation and land trust work, and research and implement internal and external policies that govern our work.   The intern may be asked to identify or author specific language recommendations for internal policies or procedures. Internship Position Title: Conservation Legal Assistant ...

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Food For All Intern - DigIn! Yancey Community Garden

Burnsville, NC

The Food For All internship provides the foundational knowledge for prospective community food producers (garden to farm scale) to experience sustainable vegetable production. Moreover, the position provides exposure to community-based food projects including produce distribution within the emergency food system, pop-up markets targeted at low-income families, and an experiential learning framework for cultivating skills and knowledge relevant to community food justice work. ...

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Produce Prescription Intern - Green Rural Redevelopment Organization

Henderson, NC

The Produce Prescription Intern will manage the second phase of a new program, Produce Rx, which provides “prescriptions” and vouchers for healthy foods along with nutrition and exercise classes for low-income residents of Granville and Vance Counties. The Intern will work with a network of community agencies to recruit participants and help them learn how to integrate healthy eating and active living into their daily lives. The Intern will develop and implement outreach materials, and will wo ...

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Farm to School to Healthcare Intern - Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center

Ahoskie, NC

The Farm to School to Healthcare (F2S2H) Intern will work alongside a diverse group of community partners to strengthen and expand school gardens, walking trails, and farmer’s markets associated with the project. The position works directly with the project facilitator (Hertford County Student Wellness Center Director). The internship will focus on developing best practices and programs that support the work of F2S2H including: sustainable gardening practices, summer camps targeting youth arou ...

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Community Conservation Asset Analyst - Triangle Land Conservancy

Durham, NC

The Community Conservation Asset Analyst will help us to determine what kinds of data would help to make the case for community conservation, create a protocol and process to gather that data, and perform analysis that results in an economic valuation of Brumley Nature Preserve that can be shared and utilized broadly and for years to come. Internship Position Title: Community Conservation Asset Analyst Host Site: ...

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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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