International Conservation Intern

Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC


Defenders of Wildlife, an environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of native wild animals and plants in their natural habitats, is recruiting for an International Conservation Intern. An ideal candidate is a current law student or masters student with a commitment to a career in wildlife conservation. The position reports to the Senior International Counsel.


The internship is designed to provide a wide range of administrative and programmatic experience on international conservation issues of national significance.  The intern will be expected to provide research, writing, and general support for our primary international projects.  Our international program covers a wide range of international environmental issues including international wildlife trade in various species from and to Latin America, illegal wildlife trade in the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean, and foreign endangered species. 


  • Current law/masters student status, with demonstrated interest/experience in international environmental issues;  

  • Demonstrated commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and protection of wildlife; 

  • Strong writing, research, and communication skills; mastered Spanish language preferred.  

  • Attention to detail; and 

  • Other relevant experience to the missions of Defenders of Wildlife. 


  • Unpaid. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources.  


Interested applicants should send an email to and reference International Conservation Intern in the subject line. Please include a resume and letter of interest. We strongly encourage early applications, as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.