When should I start looking for an internship?

NOW! and two terms after completing FW 209 Career Skills in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. There are internships for every class level from freshmen to senior. The more time you spend gaining hands-on skills, the more competitive you will be for jobs after graduation. Finding an internship is very similar to finding a job and requires planning and preparation.  The resources here help you:

• Become familiar with employers in the field of fisheries and wildlife
• Find where to look for seasonal, part-time and volunteer positions 
• Get your job-search materials and skills ready in FW 209
• Work effectively with your Internship Coordinator
• Get academic credit for your efforts

Remember, many employers interview six months in advance of filling positions so spending time now to prepare is a good investment.

Steps to Get Credit

1. Contact your Internship Coordinator within 6 months of when you would like to begin your exploratory and intensive internships. Include a brief introduction, a summary of your academic and professional goals, any constraints to completing an internship, links to 3 internships/jobs that interest you from Internship and Job Boards and attach your updated resume. At your request, the Internship Coordinator will review and critique your resume and cover letter.

2. Apply for internship/job positions. If offered an internship/job it will need to be pre-approved to qualify for the credit. To do this, submit an email to the appropriate Internship Coordinator, providing the name of the organization, a link to the organization’s website, position description or job announcement, and duration of the position. Ecampus students can substitute FW 405 Reading and Conference for FW 410 Internship with approval. Check to see if you're eligible for internship funding*.

3. Complete the appropriate Agreement Form (below), also available on the course site in Canvas.Your Training Agreement must be approved by your Internship Coordinator prior to registering for FW 410. After it is approved, send it to your internship/job supervisor for their signature and either return it to your Internship Coordinator or submit it in Canvas prior to starting your internship.

Exploratory Internship Agreement Form

Intensive Internship Agreement Form

Professional Conference Agreement Form

5. Register for FW 410 in the quarter that you do your internship. FW 410 is split into two courses: FW 410 Exploratory Internship for 1 credit and FW 410 Intensive Internship for 3 credits. International Experiences follow a different process; contact the appropriate Internship Coordinator for detailed information.

6. Review the Syllabus prior to starting your internship and complete all assignments by their due dates. Review the Evaluation Form to see what criteria you will be evaluated on by your off-campus supervisor at the end of your internship. 

Evaluation Form

Funding Details

Internship funding for low or unfunded internships is available. Applications for the E.R. Jackman Internship Support award are accepted three times a year. Applications for the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Internship Awards are accepted in April each year. For more information or to apply download this fillable form and open using Adobe Acrobat Reader (Mac users may need to dowload Adobe Acrobat Reader) Travel and Internship Support Application. For internship funding questions please contact Danielle Jarkowsky.

Develop Tools and Skills

Job Boards, Internships & Professional Societies

Get started looking for jobs and internships!

This document has links that go directly to popular websites with job and internship position announcements related to fisheries and wildlife. It is organized by area of interest. Check these websites often; new positions are added frequently.

Job Boards and Internships (.pdf)

Want to attend a professional conference? 

These Excel spreadsheets, separated by state or national organizations, provide information about professional conferences. You can sort the data within each spreadsheet by conference name, location, date, or field to help narrow down which conference is the best fit. It's possible to get credit for attending a conference by filling out the Professional Conference Agreement Form and submitting it to your Internship Coordinator for approval, prior to registering for the conference. 

Conferences 2017-18 National and International FW

Wondering which professional organization you should join? 

Links to Professional Societies 

Joining a professional society or association is an essential component of building professional relationships for your career development.  There are associations for nearly every area of interest in our profession and many have national, state and regional chapters.

Associations sponsor numerous events throughout the year that allows you to connect with professionals and peers. Since most associations have national or local conferences, you have the opportunity to learn about current advances, hear from key achievers and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information. You may even find a local mentor to help you with your professional development.

Most associations provide access to journals, magazines, and newsletters as a part of your membership privileges.  Additionally, associations provide scholarships and awards for students. And don't forget, listing your association membership on your resume is impressive to current or future employers as it shows that you are dedicated to staying connected with others in your profession.

So, whether you are looking to learn about job postings in your field, network in your professional community, gain access to current events in your specialization area, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional society is the first step!

Internship Coordinator

Danielle Jarkowsky, Nash 104 E, 541-737-1091