- Giant Panda Mate Preference Internship – Fall, CLOSED
- Gibbon Reintroduction Internship – COMING SOON!
PDXWildlife offers exciting and unique internships that help participants reach a range of academic and professional goals.
To help our core team of Portland and international staff undertake and manage our programs initiatives, we have developed the PDXWildlife Intern Program and the PDXWildlife Volunteer Program.
The PDXWildlife Intern Program requires interested candidates to officially apply for one of our limited number of intern positions. This can be done using our Intern Application Form.
Intern accommodations vary per month and per location as outlined in the internship posting. Intern periods can stretch from 1-12 months but most of our intern projects are for a 3 month time period. Some intern applicants express an interest in undertaking their own small research project, either as a dissertation requirement, to obtain extra credits from their university, or simply to get further experience of planning and executing such projects in a conservation biology setting. We are very happy to accommodate this type of project, and can provide the necessary supervision and guidance both in the planning and execution stages. Indeed, we also supply a list of potential mini-project titles to help successful candidates choose an appropriate study subject. We can also review other research questions, although acceptance of these would be dependent on identifying an appropriate field supervisor (supplied by PDXWildlife). All interns receive a general orientation and induction course at the start of their visit, after which they are assigned to one or other of our project staff, though swapping in and out of different projects is also possible.
Typically, a PDXWildlife intern will spend about 4-5 hours a day focused on activities either in the local office, around the neighboring cities or off in the field. During the rest of their time, interns are free to explore the area, improve their language skills, coordinate fun activities with other interns and staff, and mingle with visiting volunteers and researchers.
Internships positions are available for a variety of groups at PDXWildlife including: research, international programs, education, and local conservation—each may have a slightly different application process. Applications may be accepted on an ongoing basis or have a deadline, as outlined in the posting.