The Diversity in Conservation Internship Program (DCIP) seeks to engage college students and recent graduates from underrepresented communities, particularly of Asian, Black, Hispanic, Multi-Racial, and Native American background, in conservation careers. Conservation Trust for North Carolina launched the program in 2008 and since then has connected 118 interns to land trusts, government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations across North Carolina.

Interns are placed with host organizations for PAID, 10-week summer internships that provide hands-on opportunities to gain the skills and experiences necessary for a successful career. Through this program, CTNC and its partners introduce young adults of color to careers in conservation and connect conservation organizations to potential employees, while building each organization’s racial equity and inclusion capacity. During the summer, interns also learn about the history of race and land in America.

Program Goals:

  • Introduce college students and recent graduates from communities that historically have been underrepresented in the conservation field to careers in conservation
  • Increase the racial equity and inclusion capacity of host sites by encouraging adoption of principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (for more on the wide-ranging benefits of diversity, see Why Diverse Teams Are Smarter)
  • Create an employment and leadership pathway that promotes greater racial diversity and inclusion in conservation
  • Introduce host sites to potential employees and board members


  • $4,200 for undergraduate students new to DCIP
  • $4,400 for undergraduate students returning to DCIP
  • $4,400 for graduate students and recent graduates new to DCIP
  • $4,600 for graduate students and recent graduates returning to DCIP

Interns may also apply for a $1,000 housing stipend.

How to Apply:

Preference is given to rising juniors, seniors, and graduate/professional students. For the purpose of this program, a recent graduate has been out of school for less than two years. If you’re interested in receiving updates on the DCIP recruitment and hiring process for future terms, join our interest list by clicking the button below. For questions, please contact Diversity and Equity Director Victoria Chetty.

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