The ENS program highly encourages students to pursue internships while studying at UK. Please reach out to any ENS faculty member to discuss how best to apply to an internship or program. We are here to help you.

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Specific Positions Available Every Year:

University of Kentucky, Sustainability Internships: Applications open in the Spring for the following year (PAID)

Year-round position

Josephine Sculpture Park, Summer Internship

Summer Internship (Part-time)


Notable Organizations’ Websites:

Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition

The Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition accepts internships year-round for students interested in activism. Internships can be completed for course credit after discussion with your advisor.


United States:

Specific Positions Available Every Year:

American Conservation Experience, EPIC Internships: Available to recent graduates (PAID)

2-12 month program

The Nature Conservancy, GLOBE Internships: Applications open in the Fall (PAID)

Summer internship

Wetlands Institute, Environmental Education Internships (PAID)

Summer internship

Stratford Ecology Center, Environmental Education Intern: (PAID)

Spring, Summer, or Fall Internship

Los Angeles Dolphin Project, Marine Mammal Internship

Adirondack Mountain Club, Summer Naturalist Intern: (PAID)

Summer Internship

AmeriCorps, CivicSpark Fellowship

Year-long internship for recent graduates

Teach For America

Opportunity for recent graduates

Community Energy Inc, Clean Energy Internship: (PAID)

Summer Internship

For internships in the United States AND Abroad, check out this link: (MOSTLY PAID)

Finding Conservation-related internships across the U.S.


Notable Organizations’ Websites:

Foundation for Sustainable Development

Internship programs focus on sustainable development, cultural immersion, project planning, budgeting, proposal writing, and community assessment.

United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment offers both internships and career opportunities. Opportunities can be searched via category or UNEP division.

Student Conservation Association

The Student Conservation Association offers internship opportunities to work directly under professionals in the designated field. 

Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA offers various environmentally focused internship and career opportunities. Positions can be searched by salary, location, and title.

Sierra Nevada Alliance

The Sierra Nevada Alliance offers internship opportunities in the non-profit sector. 

Water Resources Institute

Full-time undergraduate students are able to apply to the USDA’s Water Resources Internship.

US Department of Agriculture

US Department of Agriculture offers internships for current students.

World Resources SIM Center

The Global Energy Network Institute (GENI) advocates for renewable energy for everyone and an interconnection of electrical grids between nations. GENI offers internship opportunities both nationally and internationally.

Trees Atlanta

Trees Atlanta works to adress Atlanta's tree loss, protect its forest, and create new green space.

National Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society focuses on conservation efforts to protect birds.

Texas Parks & Wildlife

Texas Parks & WIldlife has a student internship program that provides students experience in conservation.


Invenergy is a renewable energy company aimed at leading the US to a clean energy future.

Community Energy, Inc.

Community Energy, Inc. seeks to create a robust market for wind and solar energy technologies.

North Coast Land Concervancy

The North Coast Land Concervancy's goal is to protect the Oregon Coast, forever.

Wilderness Awareness School

The Wilderness Awareness School aims to provide outdoor experiences, teach wilderness survival, wildlife tracking, and more.

Smithsonian National Zoo

The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute offers exciting and unique internships that help participants reach a range of academic and professional goals.

The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. 



Specific Positions Available Every Year:

Young Sustainable Impact, Innovation Program

Summer Program


Notable Organizations' Websites:

Institute for Sustainable Communities

The ISC's mission is to help communities around the world address environmental, economic, and social challenges to build a better future shaped and shared by all.


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