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Have you considered an internship with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Bear Management Program?

Staff and interns at the St. Marks Stone Crab Festival with bear pelt

The Bear Management Program is responsible for the conservation and management of the Florida black bear. An important component of our efforts is preventing and minimizing conflicts between bears and people through a variety of public outreach and education strategies.

Our interns are highly motivated individuals from a wide variety of majors that have strong written and verbal communication skills and an interest in gaining project management experience in government, public relations or wildlife conservation.

Staff and interns at a community based workday

Tasks and projects are highly varied but may include: participating in community events, presenting to civic and school groups, mapping using GIS software, conducting reviews of bear related data, or data entry and analysis using statistical software. The majority of the work is conducted in a professional office setting rather than in the field.

Interns at the Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival

Unpaid, office-based opportunities are available during Spring and Fall semesters in Tallahassee. The month long Application Period begins 8 weeks prior to the start of the upcoming semester.  Course credit (3 to 6 hours) is available for eligible students. Graduate students and upperclassmen of all majors are encouraged to apply. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.

For more information, contact the Bear Management Program at