How the Student Conservation Association Works

Interning with the Student Conservation Association

To intern at the Student Conservation Association (SCA), you must be at least 18 years old and fill out an online application. The application asks for your personal contact information, work experience, educational background, licenses and certifications, references and resume.

Be aware that the SCA will not review your application until you have at least one letter of recommendation filled out. The suggested number is three [source: SCA].

Chose the projects you'd like to work on by searching through the SCA's internship database, which lists openings in 50 disciplines including GIS/GPS mapping and information management, habitat restoration, historical resource studies, plant inventorying and monitoring, trail design, visitor and interpretive services, fisheries management and wildlife preservation.

You can sort your search by location, date and position types. The admissions process for internships is on a rolling basis, and each internship position has its own closing date. The application fee is $25, and students can apply for as many positions as they wish. You should apply for at least four positions, and applying for eight to 10 gives you the best chance at landing at least one internship [source: SCA].

Internships are both short and long term. Some last less than three months while other internships require a commitment of six to 12 months. Most, if not all, of your travel and housing expenses will be paid for, along with medical and accident insurance. You'll also receive a living stipend of $75 to $300 per month [source: SCA].

Interns can receive college credit by making arrangements with their school's academic advisor. Those who aren't currently enrolled in school can earn up to 12 undergraduate credits from Colorado State University's Department of Natural Resources, Recreation and Tourism.

If you have any problems applying, the SCA has an admissions team that can guide you through the process.

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