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Thank you for your interest in hosting an internship with DDCSP@UW

We are currently accepting Conservation Project Proposals for potential internships during our summer 2020 program! This portal contains information relevant to your role as an internship Site Host. If further support is needed, please reach out to

This year’s cohort has particular interests in the following conservation topics:

  • urban restoration
  • food sovereignty
  • ethnobotany
  • food systems and policy
  • traditional ecological knowledge of Indigenous and First Nations Peoples
  • climate change policy
  • marine mammals
  • habitat restoration & agroforestry
  • urban agriculture
  • urban planning
  • grassroots organizing for climate justice
  • youth work and community outreach
  • biocultural conservation

We place scholars in internships throughout the state of Washington, with a particular focus region of Western Washington. If you have a project that seems to align with our program values and scholar interests please complete the Conservation Project Proposal at the bottom of this page.

Conservation Practice Teams

Internship Framework

In their second summer in DDCSP@UW, Scholars partner with a regional organization to complete a 6.5 week internship focused on conservation, equity, and inclusion. This is an opportunity for our scholars to provide meaningful support to a partner organization, while developing professional and interpersonal skills. At the end of our 8-week program, scholars will share their insights and experiences at our annual Conservation Scholar Summit, which is open to the public.

Typically, scholars are placed in groups of 2-4 with one organization to provide peer support and practice collaborative team work. Within an organization, scholars can work together on a project and deliverable or do work adjacent to each other.

DDCSP staff provide ongoing support to scholars and internship sites to ensure there is reciprocity and generative communication throughout the partnership. We conduct regular check ins, request a mid-point evaluation, solicit feedback upon completion of the internship, and are readily available for additional support for all parties.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about conservation issues and organizations 
  • Gain appreciation for the range of approaches and perspectives employed in conservation
  • Develop skills in collaboration, communication, and shared leadership
  • Learn to collect, analyze, and synthesize data into a tangible project deliverable
  • Bring value to conservation organization through an individual or joint project
  • Reflect on agency, identity and power across a variety of organizations engaged in conservation work
  • Gain experience in 1-2 methods/approaches used in conservation practice*

Project Deliverable:

A tangible product or outcome will serve as the culminating project deliverable due at the end of the 8-week summer program. Each project deliverable will reflect the goals and activities of the host organization and unique interests and skills of the scholars, thereby they will vary by site and scholar. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Analyzed data set
  • Report
  • Scientific poster
  • Documentary or storytelling project
  • Outreach activities
  • Communications campaign (newsletter, op-ed piece, blog post, etc.)
  • Conservation action

Roles and Contributions of the Host Site and Site Mentor: 

The internship site will commit to providing a conservation professional to serve as the lead Site Mentor for the duration of the internship, including the preparation period beginning in March 2020 (approximately 1 call/month). The Site Mentor should be readily available for scholars during working hours, and work closely with the scholars and DDCSP staff, as needed to:

  • Provide guidelines (including literature and other sources), to help scholars develop their individual projects (pre-internship, and while working on site)
  • Allow for use of supplies and work space during the scholar’s work time 
  • Train scholars on methodologies needed for their projects, and guidance with data analysis
  • Provide feedback and support to the scholar’s project deliverable
  • Participate in or help create networking opportunities
  • Provide scholars with insight into the workings of a conservation organization
  • Provide guidance in both self-directed learning and executing collaborative projects
  • Engage in sustained conversation regarding the relationships between environmental justice, conservation and what inclusive conservation practice can and should look like
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Internship Timeline

IMPORTANT: The official timeline for our summer 2020 Internships is still in development. Below are tentative dates for our programming and are subject to change. Thank you for your patience.

  • January 31, 2020: Conservation Project Proposals due
    • Potential internship host sites (you!) submit a project proposal using the form below (scroll to bottom of page). Upon review, DDCSP staff will follow up about next steps
  • Mid-February: Scholar & Host Site Interviews
    • Casual calls between Host Site & 4-5 scholars interested in learning more about your internship project
  • Mid-March 2020: Internship placement announcements!
  • April 2020: First internship team call including Host Site Mentor, Scholar(s) & DDCSP staff
    • A call to begin mapping out the scholar’s project and work plan
  • May 2020: Second internship team call
  • June 23, 2020: First day of internships!
    • Scholars are expected to follow the schedule of their host mentor, typically working eight hour days, four-five days a week. There are no minimum hour requirements.
    • July 3, 17, 31, 2020: Tentative Program Days wherein scholars convene as a cohort and will not be working in their internships
  • August 7, 2020: Last day of internships
  • August 13, 2020: Conservation Scholar Summit – Year 2 focus


Internship Documents

Below are relevant documents for Site Mentors and Scholars to access:

Conservation Project Proposals

Thank you for your interest in partnering with the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington! This Conservation Project Proposal is the primary platform for prospective internship host sites to offer projects ideas to scholars. The information provided will first be utilized by DDCSP@UW staff to identify placements that align with scholars’ professional and personal interests, then presented to scholars for them to rank preferences. We recommend discussing project ideas with DDCSP staff prior to submitting a proposal to ensure optimal alignment with your organizational needs and scholar interest.

Please submit Conservation Project Proposals using the form below