Conservation Practice Teams (CPT), the Year 2 internship program for DDCSP Scholars, deepen scholars’ skills, networks, knowledge and understanding of their roles in conservation practice. Scholars engage with conservation issues in partnership with a host site (a government agency, community organization or NGO) who is positioned within the conservation field, or who works at the intersections of biodiversity conservation, cultural identity and environmental justice.
Each scholar conducts a research project that is designed and supported through direct collaboration with the Conservation Practice Team. Projects emphasize at least one of the four themes of Climate, Water, Food, or Ecosystems and result in a deliverable that benefits the partnering host site while supporting scholars in meeting their learning objectives (e.g. analyzed data set, report, documentary, or conservation action).
*Scholars are undergraduates entering their junior or senior year.
Learning Objectives and Research Project Deliverables:
The learning objectives outlined below should be consistant for all scholars.
- Learn about conservation issues and organizations
- Gain appreciation for the range of approaches and perspectives employed in conservation
- Gain deeper insight into 1-2 methods/approaches used in conservation practice**
- Learn about project development and management
- Gain collaboration,shared leadership, and communication skills
- Gain experience on project design and developing research questions
- Learn to collect and analyze data and produce a media/other product
- 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
**Examples of conservation methods/approaches include; community engagement, education (formal, informal, field ecology/environmental science, communication-video-storytelling-audio, community assessment, sustainable business, engineering applications