Curious about Internships?

Check out this video that Chris Cousins, an undergraduate in fisheries and wildlife, put together showcasing his internship with Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife!

Internship Requirements

Two internship courses are required to graduate: exploratory internship for 1 credit and intensive internship for 3 credits. 

Exploratory Internship

An exploratory internship involves a professional experience of at least 40 hours of learning time in an off-campus natural resource setting. Most students chose to attend a professional conference, such as an annual conference of The Wildlife Society or American Fisheries Society, or assist a professional biologist with field work.

Find more information about earning the FW 410 exploratory internship (1) credit by attending either the Oregon Chapters of The Wildlife Society or American Fisheries Society here.

Intensive Internship

An intensive internship helps you gain technical skills to complement the academic/conceptual knowledge you learn in the classroom. It involves a professional experience in an off-campus natural resource organization. The aim is to experience enough depth and breadth in practices and procedures that you gain competence in one or more facets of a position or organization.

Students based at the Corvallis campus generally have a traditional intensive internship involving a full-time, seasonal volunteer or paid position. Students attending through Ecampus often have a non-traditional intensive internship because their full-time jobs, children, and mortgages limit their ability to work in a temporary, seasonal position. Students can get more information by reading these internship FAQs

Get Ready to Begin the Process

In FW 209 Career Skills for Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, you will learn the skills needed to search for, apply to and attain internships and jobs. Skills include how to write a resume and cover letter writing, networking, interviewing, and professional development planning. To access some of these materials early, please reference the develop tools and skills section of our website.

Credit Hours 

Credit hours are determined by the amount of learning-time associated with the internship, as agreed to by the student, internship organization, and internship coordinator. Exploratory internships are typically one credit hour and intensive internships are typically three credit hours.

The FW internship coordinator must approve all internships. Students must follow the steps to get credit before starting the exploratory and intensive internships. Each student must register for FW 410 Internship and complete the syllabus assignments to receive a grade. 


Ready to start looking for jobs or internships or need funding? Check out our job and internship resources page for more information.

Internship Coordinator

Corvallis and Ecampus students - Contact Internship Coordinator