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.  This role is ideal for current law or masters students 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.  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. 


Conduct research and analysis on a wide range of programmatic topics, including focus on

  • International Environmental Policy
  • International Convention regarding Wildlife
  • Wildlife Trade

Comparison and definition of international policy and conflict regarding endangered and threatened species, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean

Drafting policy recommendations, announcements, analysis and reports

Additional programmatic support, including administrative tasks


  • Current student enrolled in a law or masters program 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;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Fluency or very high mastery of Spanish Language


The intern will be expected to work at Defenders of Wildlife’s office in Washington DC. 


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


Interested applicants please reference International Conservation Intern (Fall) position in your subject line and submit a letter of interest, resume and a writing sample (less than 5 pages) to

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.