Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program  

Investing in the next generation of Alaska’s conservation leaders

Established in honor of Celia Hunter and renamed in memory of Ted Smith, ACF’s Conservation Internship Program is a strategic investment in young adults. The program is specifically targeted toward students who plan a career path in conservation and are willing to make a long-term commitment to preserving and protecting the pristine environment and diverse cultures of Alaska. Undergraduate students, graduate students and recent grads participating in this popular internship program are provided with unique opportunities to:

  • Learn firsthand about Alaska’s magnificent natural environment and diverse cultures.
  • Gain important, practical job skills in the conservation field while also helping the host organization meet its conservation program goals.
  • Help preserve and protect Alaska’s pristine environment by working with one of the many host organizations addressing important Alaska conservation issues.
  • Meet and network with Alaska conservationists, agency personnel, local Alaskans and other interns from Alaska and across the nation.
  • Become mentors and sources of information for other students interested in Alaska conservation issues.
  • Obtain college credit (if approved by an accredited university).


The objective of the Ted Smith Conservation Internship Program is to match highly qualified interns with host organizations, providing interns with practical job skills and an introduction to conservation in Alaska while also supporting the organization in meeting its conservation goals. Selected host organizations receive a grant from ACF to cover the cost of the intern stipend for 12 weeks ($5,040) as well as travel expenses.

Become an intern

Applications for the summer of 2016 will be accepted beginning January 1, 2016 through February 15, 2016. This year, there are 12 different internship opportunities across Alaska. Click here to see the complete list. The 12-week internships will run from May 31-August 19 and all interns will be required to participate in a pre-internship orientation May 25-27 in Anchorage.

Click here for all of the application and eligibility requirements.