Top FES Internships 2009-13

Start your internship search here, with the top 18 FES internships from 2009-13.  For full data on internships and research, visit Employment Profiles and Salary Data.

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Forest Crew at Yale-Myers Forest, 2013.
1 Urban Resources Initiative 
Deadline to apply: TBA
Location: New Haven, CT, US
Description: URI offers paid summer internships for FE&S students. These community forestry internships provide job training and real-world practice while making positive changes in New Haven communities.  URI also offers up to 12 part-time internships through the GreenSkills program during the academic year.
Notes: Yale graduate students who wish to apply to work with URI, please call (203) 432-6189, or email Associate Director, Chris Ozyck ( or GreenSkills Manager, Katie Beechem, (

2 Yale School Forests
Deadline to apply: TBA, February.
Location: Essex, CT
The Apprentice Forester Internship Program (6-10 POSITIONS): An intensive educational experience in forest management and stewardship.  Over the last decade we have been increasing the number of the masters student interns who perform all phases of forest management work including continuous forest inventory, stand exams, mapping and photographic interpretation, timber sale layout, marking of silvicultural prescriptions, wildlife habitat assessments, contract compliance and supervision, road drainage and maintenance, boundary marking, and landowner outreach and extension. 

The Masters Student Research Internship Program: The Yale Forests are used by 2-4 Masters students per year for summer research -- both official Dissertation and Master's projects as well as projects within the context of different courses such as economics and management.  Work includes ecosystem services, open space recreation, conservation planning, restoration, community partnerships and governance, and forest policy.  Students MUST be associated with a faculty advisor and mentor.

3 Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) Climate Corps Fellowships
Deadline to apply: passed for 2015
Location: US nationwide
Description: EDF Climate Corps places specially-trained Masters students in leading companies, cities and universities to build the business case for energy efficiency.
4 Natural Resources Defense Council
Deadline to apply: Not specified.
Location: US: New York, California, Illinois, District of Columbia; China
Description: NRDC offers legal internships and non-legal internships within our program areas as well as in Administration, Communications and Development.
Notes: F&ES offers one funded NRDC Internship per year through the Cameron Speth Scholarship for students from developing nations and Japan which is advertised by CDO.  Deadline: March.  Other students have actively networked into internships with NRDC in DC and New York offices.

5 General Electric (GE) 
Deadline to apply: Not specified.
Location: Fairfield, CT
Description: GE is an advanced technology, services and finance company taking on the world's toughest challenges. Dedicated to innovation in energy, health, transportation and infrastructure, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide.
Notes: GE Fairfield, CT, typically posts several internship opportunities in GeO in the spring.

6 The Nature Conservancy
Deadline to apply: Not specified.
Location: throughout the US and other countries
Description: The Nature Conservancy’s Diversity Internship program provides university students and recent graduates short-term paid assignments to explore disciplines in our conservation work.
Notes: Students have typically networked with alumni and other connections and apply through local TNC offices.  TNC also offers a special diversity initiative internship.

7 US Forest Service
Description: USFS offers internships through the Pathways program and other venues.  Interested students should set up an account and automatic alerts through usajobs.
8 United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Deadline to apply: Not specified.
Location: UNDP country office/ regional center/ Headquarter in New York
Description: Internships are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law.
Notes: Internships have typically been arranged through networking with F&ES alumni and other previous connections in country and regional centers.

9 World Resource Institute (WRI) 
Deadline to apply: Not specified.
Location: Washington, DC, US; China
Description: WRI is a global environmental think tank that goes beyond research to put ideas into action. We have over 50 active projects working on aspects of global climate change, sustainable markets, ecosystem protection, and environmentally responsible governance. 
Notes: F&ES offers one funded NRDC Internship per year through the Cameron Speth Scholarship for students from developing nations and Japanwhich is advertised by CDO.  Deadline: March. Also, WRI typically posts several internship opportunities in GeO in the spring, and other students have actively networked with F&ES alumni and other contacts at WRI to secure internships in DC and China. WRI often recruits at the Duke-Yale Environmental Recruiting Fair.

10 World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Deadline to apply: Not specified.
Location: Washington, DC, US
Description: varies with different programs. Please refer to webpage for further information.
Notes: WWF typically recruits at the Duke-Yale Environmental Recruiting Fair every spring for internships and full-time opportunities.

11 Permanent Missions to the UN
Location: Various countries
Description: Students often secure internships with missions from their home country or as follow up through the UN Practicum course

12 US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Deadline to apply: Not specified.
Location:Washington, D.C or regional EPA locations nationwide.
Description: Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain vital career experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment.
13 The White House Council on Environmental Quality
Deadline: February 15 (Summer), June 1 (Fall), and October 1 (Spring)
Location: Washington, DC
Description: The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) interns are given a wide range of assignments including conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos on a variety of environmental issues.
Stipend: Unpaid

14 Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Deadline to apply: The first business day in March for summer placements.
Location: Hartford, CT
Description: Interns are afforded an opportunity to familiarize themselves with hands-on work of the Agency, such as research, monitoring, enforcement, environmental clean-up, community involvement, and prevention.
Notes:  The DEP is now part of the new CT State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection headed by Dan Esty.  Information on college internships can be found here.
15 Environmental Defense Fund
Description: In addition the the Climate Corps Fellowship, FES students have interned in a variety of EDF offices and locations.  Internships focus on Climate & Air, Oceans, Health, Energy, and Land, Water and Wildlife.

Description: "Each year our office is honored to host some of the world's environmental leaders of tomorrow as interns." See website for updates on application dates.

17 World Bank
Description: The Bank Internship offers highly motivated and successful individuals an opportunity to improve their skills while working in a diverse environment.
Deadline: The application period for the Summer Internship is December 1 - January 31 each year.

18 Ecotrust 
Deadline to apply: Not Specified
Location: Portland, Oregon
Description: Ecotrust's mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity and environmental well-being.
Notes: Ecotrust was founded by FES alumnus Spencer Beebe.
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