When should I start looking for an internship?
NOW! Finding an internship is very similar to finding a job and requires planning and preparation. You will gain internship-searching skills and get materials ready in FW 209 Career Skills in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, but the following resources are available to assist you at any time:
• Become familiar with employers in the field of fisheries and wildlife
• Find where to look for seasonal, part-time and volunteer positions
• Resume and cover letter preparation guides
• Steps to 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 the internship coordinator within six 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 three internships/jobs that interest you from the internship and job board 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 find out if it qualifies for credit. To do this, submit an email to the 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. Check to see if you're eligible for internship funding*.
3. Complete the appropriate training agreement form (below). The internship coordinator must review your training agreement before registering for FW410. After it is approved, send it to your internship/job supervisor for their signature and either return it to the internship coordinator or submit it in Canvas before 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 one credit and FW 410 Intensive Internship for three credits. International experiences follow a different process; contact the internship coordinator for detailed information.
6. Review the syllabus before 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.
Financial assistance is available to students participating in low-paying or volunteer internships. Applications with a list of selection criteria 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 at any time. For more information or to apply, download this fillable form Travel and Internship Support Application and submit. For internship funding questions, please contact Internship Coordinator.
Develop Tools and Skills
Cover Letters for FW Students
Resume Writing for FW Students
Resume Building Workshop Handout
Resume Building Workshop Presentation
Tips for Successful Interviewing
Mock Interview Questions
Networking Tips for Professional Conferences
Job Boards, Internships & Professional Societies
Get started looking for jobs and internships!
This document has links to popular job and internship websites 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 direct you to professional conferences offered by state and national fish and wildlife organizations. 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 the internship coordinator for approval before registering for the conference.
Find more information about earning 1 Credit toward your FW 410 exploratory internship requirement here.
Wondering which professional organization you should join?
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 allowing you to connect with professionals and peers. Since most associations have national or local conferences, you have the opportunity to learn about current trends, issues and advances from key leaders. 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 offer scholarships and awards for students. And, listing your association membership on your resume is impressive to employers as it shows you're 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!
Links to Professional Societies
Internship Coordinator Nash 104 E, 541-737-1091