Two internship courses are required to graduate: Exploratory Internship for 1-2 credits and Intensive Internship for 3-6 credits. 

Exploratory Internship

An exploratory internship involves a professional experience of at least 40 hours of learning time in an off-campus natural resource setting. Most students chose to attend a professional conference, such as an annual conference of The Wildlife Society or American Fisheries Society, or assist a professional biologist with field work.

Intensive Internship

An intensive internship helps you gain technical skills to complement the academic/conceptual knowledge you learn in the classroom. It involves a professional experience in an off-campus natural resource organization. The aim is to experience enough depth and breadth in practices and procedures that you gain competence in one or more facets of a position or organization.

Students based at Corvallis Campus generally have a traditional Intensive Internship involving a seasonal full-time volunteer or paid position.  Students attending through Ecampus often have a non-traditional Intensive Internship because their full-time jobs, children, and mortgages limit their ability to work in a temporary, seasonal position.  Ecampus students can get more information by reading these FAQs for non-traditional intensive internships

Get Ready to Begin the Process

In FW 209 Career Skills for Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, you will learn the skills needed to search for, apply to and attain internships and jobs. Skills include how to write a resume and cover letter writing, networking, interviewing, and professional development planning. For access to some of these materials early please reference the Develop Tools and Skills section.

Credit Hour Requirements

Credit hours are determined by the amount of learning time associated with the internship, as agreed to by the student, internship organization, and Internship Coordinator. Exploratory Internships are typically 1 credit hour and intensive internships are typically 3 credit hours.

All internships must be approved by the FW Internship Coordinator. Students must follow the Steps to Get Credit prior to starting the exploratory and intensive internship. Each student must register for FW 410 Internship and complete the syllabus assignments to receive a grade. 


Ready to start looking for jobs or internships or need funding? Check out our Job and Internship Resources page for more information.

Internship Coordinator

Corvallis and Ecampus students - Danielle Jarkowsky