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).

Become a host organization

Apply now to become a host organization for 2016! Applications are due November 15, 2015. 


The objective of ACF’s 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 organizations receive a grant from ACF to cover the cost of an intern stipend for 12 weeks ($5,040).


Successful applicants will meet the following criteria:

  • 501c3 nonprofit organization in Alaska
  • Have a mission related to Alaska conservation; preference will be given to applicants that focus on salmon preservation, citizen participation, and climate change and/or energy solutions
  • If a prior ACF grantee, must be in good standing

To apply:

Download a copy of the application here. Email completed applications to grants@alaskaconservation.org

Note: all interns will be required to participate in a pre-internship orientation hosted by ACF in Anchorage. Dates are TBD.

Become an intern

ACF will begin accepting applications for the summer 2016 internship program in December 2015.