Since 2004, Highstead has been dedicated to nurturing the next generation of conservation-minded leaders through an internship program available to recent graduates of Bachelor’s or Master’s level programs. 

The program offers hands-on experience in a range of conservation fields, with close mentorship by members of Highstead’s senior staff.

Meet our past interns 

Here are quotes from past interns highlighting key experiences from this program: 

Isabel Holland

“I really can’t stress enough how transformative the Highstead internship was for me – in terms of my own marketability on the job market as well as in a greater sense of clarity regarding a career path and where my skills align best.” Isabel Holland

Lucy Lee

“A highlight for me was getting to assist a land trust with a new map and new data. It was a very tangible and direct to help an organization that did not have staff with the time or experience to do what I did for them. It was also great to help strengthen relationships between Highstead and a local land trust.” Lucy Lee

Natalie Woolworth

“I appreciated my mentor’s willingness to put me in touch with people he knew in the field to answer questions, provide insights, etc. This led to some interesting conversations and gave me insight into specific organizations and jobs, which informed my career.” Natalie Woolworth

Program details 

While Highstead has historically offered on-site internships, the program has been adjusted to address COVID-19 restrictions, making all internships virtual for the foreseeable future.

  • 12-week sessions in the spring, summer, and fall
  • $6,500 stipend
  • Free housing (currently not offered due to COVID-19)