ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION INTERNSHIPS ABROAD
Interning abroad in environmental conservation gives interns a unique opportunity to do conservation work in places that need it most. Projects vary widely depending on placement, with opportunities to work in a hands-on setting out in the field as well as to work on environmental education and policy. World Endeavors Environmental Conservation interns have worked on projects like monitoring and maintaining sea turtle hatcheries, performing tests on water and soil and documenting the results, researching and implementing environmental protection policies, and contributing to outreach and community education efforts.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION ABROAD
The work of environmental conservation professionals has both a global and a local impact. Interning abroad in this field is one of the best ways to gain an international perspective on environmental issues while developing an ability to adapt to local needs. Interns learn how to conduct the day-to-day work of a conservation project while also learning about and engaging with the people who live in each environment. For future employers, an internship abroad will demonstrate the intern’s commitment to conservation, ability to adapt to new environments, and willingness to travel to places where work needs to be done.
A strong interest in environmental issues is a must, and a background in biology or outdoor work will be helpful in some placements. For field placements, interns must be willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty, and, in some cases, to work unorthodox hours. Environmental conservation interns will also be expected to adapt quickly to the culture and living conditions of their host country and their project.
Ryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The fall following his college graduation, he embarked on a month-long environmental conservation volunteer program in Thailand with World Endeavors.