The Diversity in Conservation Internship Program (DCIP) seeks to engage college students (two and four year college programs) and recent graduates from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Conservation Trust for North Carolina launched the program in 2008 and since then has connected 118 interns to land trusts, government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations across North Carolina.

Interns apply to work with our partner organizations for PAID, 10-week full-time summer internships that provide hands-on opportunities to gain the skills and experiences necessary for a successful career. Through this program, CTNC and its partners introduce young adults of color to careers in conservation and connect conservation organizations to potential employees, while building each organization’s racial equity and inclusion capacity. During the summer, interns also learn about the history of race and land in America.

Preference is given to rising juniors, seniors, and graduate/professional students. For the purpose of this program, a recent graduate has been out of school for less than two years.

Internships are full time, 10-week terms that take place over the summer and run from May – August 2020. Most host sites have flexibility in start/end dates.

Application deadline is February 3rd, 2020.

Open Positions

Youth Environmental Leadership Program Assistant

Asheville, NC

This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. Internship Position Title  Youth Environmental Leadership Program Assistant Host site Asheville GreenWorks Location 2 Sulphur Springs Asheville, NC 28806 Duration ...

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Resilient Agriculture Intern

Burnsville, NC

This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. Internship Position Title  Resilient Agriculture Intern Host site Dig In! Yancey Community Garden Location Burnsville, NC Duration May - August 2020 (10 weeks) < ...

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Farm to School to Healthcare Garden Steward Supervisor

Ahoskie, NC

This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. Internship Position Title  Farm to School to Healthcare Garden Steward Supervisor Host site Farm to School to Healthcare, housed at Roanoke Chowan Community Health Center Location Ahoskie, NC <...

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Gullah Geechee Corridor Project Coordinator

Wilmington, NC

This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. Internship Position Title  Gullah Geechee Corridor Project Coordinator Host site North Carolina Coastal Land Trust Location Wilmington, NC Duration May - August 2020 ( ...

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Youth Ambassadors Project Leader

Delco, NC

This internship is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. Internship Position Title Youth Ambassadors for a Better Community Project Leader Host site Men and Women United for Youth and Families Location 44 Dream Ave Delco, NC 28436 ...

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Environmental Education Intern

Salisbury, NC

This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. Internship Position Title  Environmental Education Intern Host site Horizons Unlimited  Horizons Unlimited is a unique facility bridging the gap bet ...

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Interpretive Park Ranger Intern

Cherokee, NC

This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. Internship Position Title  Interpretive Park Ranger Host site Great Smoky Mountains National Park The mission of the National Park Service is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the N ...

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Land Protection Assistant

Morganton, NC

This position is being offered in partnership with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) through the Diversity in Conservation Internship Program. Internship Position Title  Land Protection Assistant Host site Foothills Conservancy  Location 204 Avery Ave, Morganton NC 28680 Duration May - August 2020 (1 ...

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