Experiential Learning

Internship and volunteer opportunities abound and are strongly encouraged!

Students can gain pre-professional experience by working as interns with resource management agencies or conservation organizations over the summer or during the school year. Various state agencies offer internships along with other organizations that are periodically posted on the listserv. Other potential internship opportunities are listed below. If you would like to sign up to receive academic upper division credit, you must fill out the following form with your Faculty Advisor:

NRM 300 Internship Sign-Up

Report Guidelines

If you are unable to find a paid internship, research experience, or part-time natural resources job right away, don't give up.

You can get additional experience on campus. Get to know faculty, graduate students, and staff. Go to office hours. Ask questions. Don't be afraid to be interested and enthusiastic. If you are intimidated by face-to-face contact with a total stranger, give them a call or send an email first. Scan through faculty websites and talk to teaching assistants and advisors to find out who is doing the kind of work that interests you. Then talk to those professors or graduate students to find out if they could use a volunteer on their research projects. Again, it gets your foot in the door and is valuable experience.

If you wish to earn academic credit for this experience, Independent Study (NRM 297, 397, 497) credits are for students working directly with UA faculty either on or off campus. To enroll, fill out the following form with your advisor for the project.

Individual Study Paperwork

Online Resources For Jobs And Internships

URSA–Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity

  • Seven times each year, URSA awards funding to undergraduate students to support research projects as well as travel to conferences to present their work.
  • Faculty members, postdocs and graduate students may apply for the Mentoring award opportunity each fall to receive funding to support development and implementation of undergraduate research opportunities.
  • All UAF staff, students, and faculty are eligible to apply for Community Engaged Learning awards once each fall and Innovative Technology and Education awards once each spring.
  • In 2018, URSA awarded nearly $300,000 in funding.

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Alaska Conservation Foundation

http://alaskaconservation.org/internships/

American Fisheries Society

http://fisheries.org/jobs

American Geophysical Union  Job finder. AGU galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums-- jobs in Zoos and Aquariums

BLM Internship information https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/internships

Bureau of Land Management in Alaska

https://www.blm.gov/alaska

Disney World Internship Offerings

http://www.disneyinterns.com/science

Conservation and Land Management Internship Program

http://www.clminternship.org/

Ecolog Ecological Society of America: grants, jobs, news

Marine Conservation Biology Institute

http://www.mcbi.org/who/jobs_internship.htm

Missouri Botanical Garden

http://www.mobot.org/hort/edu/opps.shtml

The National Wildlife Federation

https://www.nwf.org/Home/About-Us/Careers

NEON- The National Science Foundation's NEON is a 30+ year project dedicated to collecting and providing open access continental-scale data to better understand how our nation's ecosytems are changing.  https://jobs.battelle.org/ListJobs/ByKeyword/NEON/

Ornithological Jobs

http://ornithologyexchange.org/jobs/board/

Pathways Project-Federal Jobs for students and recent graduates

https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/students/

Point Reyes Bird Observatory

http://www.prbo.org/cms/405

SCA (Student Conservation Association)

http://www.thesca.org/serve/internships

The Society for Conservation Biology--SCB Job Database

http://www.conbio.org/jobs/

Society for Range Management

http://rangelands.org/job-listings/

SWCA

https://www.swca.com/careers

Texas A&M Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board

http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/job-board/

USAJOBS - The Federal Government's Official Jobs Site

https://www.usajobs.gov/

U.S. National Forest Service

https://www.fs.fed.us/working-with-us/opportunities-for-young-people

USDA Pathways Programs

https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/careers/usda-pathways-programs

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

https://www.fws.gov/alaska/pages/jobs-volunteering/employment-opportunities

Water Jobs

http://www.joshswaterjobs.com/

Watershed Management Group

UA waterWRLD internship program

WhaleFISH--Clearinghouse for marine biology internships

https://www.whalefish.org/marine-internships

The Wildlife Society Job board

http://careers.wildlife.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=8764

Alaska Agencies and Organizations

Alaska Conservation Foundation

https://alaskaconservation.org/community-resources/internships/

State of Alaska

Workplace Alaska for all types of jobs with the State of Alaska. Select For Students for jobs for students and information about the internship program