You will spend your summer with 19 other scholars learning
about conservation issues in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Grand Canyon
Region. You will engage in a variety of immersion activities, including field
trips, multi-day backcountry excursions, and workshops. The summer immersion component
builds skills in conservation science, leadership, communication, outdoor
ethics, a deep appreciation for nature, and cultural competency. Scholars form
lasting friendships and professional relationships that provide a foundation of
support for future success.
The 8-week internship provides practical experience in applied
conservation science, management, policy, and/or advocacy. Your internship host options include academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit
organizations. You will be matched with a mentor who shares your professional
interests and who has a commitment to the goals of our program. You will come
away from this experience with a variety of technical, social-emotional, and
workplace skills, as well as a strong professional network.
You will receive mentoring
during the academic year in the form of monthly videoconferencing meetings.
These small group meetings with other scholars will be structured around topics
of interests to the scholars, such as including imposter syndrome,
storytelling, micro-aggressions, code switching, time management, networking,
workplace ethics, and emerging conservation leaders. The goal of these monthly
meetings is to give scholars a forum to discuss shared experiences and to find
the tools, including language and media, for self-reflection and analysis of
You will return to the Southwest for a week each January for a week-long retreat focused on community building, career advising, communication, identity, inclusion and equity in the workplace, and preparation for the eight week internship and transitions into post-graduate work or study. This will also be an opportunity to reconnect with your fellow scholars and DDCSP staff and mentors, and to engage in mutual learning.