SWCS offers several leadership opportunities for students and early career professionals.

Learn more about our programs below.

Student Summer Internship

Are you looking for a great resume-building project to show future employers? Want to be part of advancing an international organization with over 75 years of environmental impact? Would you like to use your creativity and test your project management skills while collaborating with a dynamic nonprofit team? 

SWCS, in partnership with Association of Retired Conservation Service Employees, has a summer Student Leader Project Intern program. Interns assist with a variety of organizational projects and take an active role in the SWCS annual conference in July. The application deadline for 2023 has passed; however, details for next year's intern applications will be released in early 2024.

SWCS Emerging Leaders Program

Start off your conservation career with support from SWCS. If you're in the first five years of your career, look into joining the new SWCS Emerging Leaders Program!

Student Chapter Leadership 

Get valuable opportunities through your local student chapter.

Science and Policy Student Representative 

Why Join?

The SWCS Science and Policy Committee meets every month (virtually) to discuss the latest in conservation science and policy news, and to soak up information from an invited speaker on conservation topics. The Student Representative is an integral part of these conversations and learning sessions, and also gains access to conservation leaders from around the world. The committee typically has between 10 and 20 conservation professional members, whose expertise range from soil health to water quality policy.

Who is Eligible to Join? 

The committee is seeking a full or part time student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. The Student Representative serves from the Spring of 2023 through the Fall of 2023. The Student Representative must be a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society – only $40 annually and you can sign up RIGHT NOW!

How to Apply

The application period has closed for 2023. 

Questions? Feel free to contact Joe Otto at joe.otto@swcs.org.