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Internship Options

Students in the MS internship track complete an internship in an area of their choice within conservation biology and land management. The goal of the internship is to provide relevant training experience and networking opportunities for the student to facilitate securing a position after the internship is completed. Students may work with the Conservation Land Management Internship Program, [link text in bold to] develop their own internship or apply to internships with other institutions. Internships are designed collaboratively with the student, the internship host, and the Internship Advisory Committee (comprised of three faculty members in the Plant Biology and Conservation Program) during the fall and winter quarters. Internships typically begin in the spring or summer and consist of at least 240 hours of work as well as deliverables agreed upon ahead of time.

Past student internships:

BEISA (Biodiversity and Economically Important Species in the Tropical Andes) – Status and Conservation of Peanut (Arachis L., Fabaceae) Crop Wild Relatives near Iñao National Park, Bolivia, Stephanie Frischie, MS 2014.

Bureau of Land Management – Conservation Land Management internship program

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center – A report on the effects of harvest timing and frequency on a native prairie bioenergy crop. Ryan Disney, MS 2016.

Morton Arboretum – Oak Conservation and ArbNet Intern, with a focus on Red List Assessments of European Oaks, Vildan Gorener, MS 2017

Information for internship hosts:

Master's students in the Land Management and Conservation track of the Plant Biology and Conservation graduate program conduct an internship in the organization of their choice to explore career options, build connections, put their skills into practice, and gain new skills. Internship hosts benefit from the energy and skills of well trained and highly motivated graduate students, who can assist with existing projects or help develop new ones. Students benefit by gaining new perspectives, putting their skills to practical use, networking, and building skills and experiences. Internships include a minimum of 240 hours (though they may be longer). More logistical information about internships is provided in the document below.

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