Meet with an SCA representative on Monday, Sep. 21 from 2-4 p.m. at 0118 SYM
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the “clearinghouse” for 500+ internships in the National Parks as well as other federal and/or non-profit agencies. Even more exciting: The SCA wants students from ALL years (freshman summer through college graduates) and from ALL majors and programs, including anthropology, environmental science, business, geology, history, wildlife and/or biological sciences, education, geography, and more!
Many SCA summer internships are in the visitor services/visitor education; however, if you apply early and are willing to be flexible with location, you might secure some of the relatively fewer and highly-sought-after internships in geology, wildlife management or at national seashores. In the specialized internships, having had prior experience is extremely helpful.
Interns receive housing, uniforms, training, and a refund on their travel to/from their placement. They also receive a small weekly stipend and an AmeriCorps grant at summer’s end. Go here for more information or come speak to the representative on 9/21. NOTE: The SCA has a one-time application fee of $25.
UMD students have interned close by like Rock Creek Park (DC) and Shenandoah NP (VA); and far away, like Acadia National Park (ME), Everglades (FL), Cascades National Park (WA), Yosemite (CA), and in national forests across the country (AK, KY, NH, NM, UT). SCA even helps you prepare a competitive application.