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The School for Field Studies (SFS) operates semester and summer field-based study abroad programs. Through these programs, SFS seeks to deepen undergraduate students' understanding of the relationships between environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic development. Internships are available at all six of our field programs: himalayan forests, watersheds, & rural livelihoods, marine resource management, rainforest restoration, sustainable development, and wildlife management.

SFS accepts applications year-round from enthusiastic and dynamic people who are interested in becoming a part of a diverse team at our World Headquarters or in the field. Being an intern at an SFS field station is an intense, but rewarding experience. For many, this will be their first real work experience after college, and as SFS alumni know, the field stations are anything but the typical office setting. These are excellent opportunities to enhance your resume, live overseas, work for a global organization, be part of a multi-cultural learning community, and support local communities in stewardship of their environment.


What is an SFS Internship?

Starting in 2012, SFS field internships provide a stipend intended to cover travel and international healthcare insurance costs.

HQ Internships are for the summer or semester.

Field Internships are a one year commitment and include free on-site room and board.
(exceptions: Bhutan = 2 months, Panama = 9 months)

Internship Types*:

Program Interns provide support in the areas of research, student programming, and operations. This includes assisting with program delivery, academics, field research, managing student group dynamics, logistics, program safety, risk management, and site maintenance.

Waterfront Intern - (TURKS & CAICOS ONLY)
Waterfront Interns assist the Diving Safety Officer at the Turks & Caicos center with our student diving program in addition to some of the responsibilities of the Program Intern role.

Student Affairs Intern - (BHUTAN & PANAMA ONLY)
Student Affairs Interns assist the Student Affairs Managers with program delivery, managing student group dynamics, and logistics.

*The positions listed above are the types of roles at SFS, not an actual list of current vacancies. To see our current open positions, visit our Job Opportunities page.


Why Intern with SFS?

As an intern with SFS, you will:

  • Be part of the solution: make a contribution to conserving ecosystems by collaborating on research & transferring results to stakeholders
  • Enhance your resume with international work experience
  • Work with local communities, NGOs and national parks on environmental challenges
  • Live as part of a dynamic learning community
  • Gain first-hand experience in the operation and administration of a complex, international, field-based study abroad program
  • Assist in advancing the SFS environmental research agenda

How to Apply?

Internship positions are typically posted mid-fall (for a December-January start) and mid-spring (for a May-June start). When applying, review all open Intern positions first and then fill out 1 online application for your top choice. In the application itself you will have the opportunity to indicate alternate choices.

Click Here for SFS Job Opportunities and Online Application