International Internships and Research
International internships allow students to pursue professional experience on a global level while receiving academic credit and using financial aid and scholarships to support time abroad. Internships are available:
- In the following areas: forest engineering management; wood product development; marketing and trade; natural resource management; community development; forest and wildlife conservation and ecology; recreation and tourism; wood science; and renewable material development.
- In all types of professional organizations including research labs, industry, small businesses, NGOs, government agencies, non-profits and education.
- In all languages including English.
- At all times of year.
- For undergraduate and graduate students.
Most internships are 3-6 months in duration. Internship providers often help interns find housing, get oriented to their work place and environment, and develop critical work skills. Many also provide stipends or other support to help cover costs. While you must register for a minimum of one credit, you can earn more. The College of Forestry accepts applications for internships up to a year in advance on a rolling basis.
Questions? Contact Michele Justice in the CoF International Programs office.
To apply for one of these opportunities, send an email to Michele Justice with your name, major, and the opportunity you're interested in. You will also need to complete an OSU GO application for "College of Forestry International Internships".
Located in the midst of the Chilean Patagonia Rainforest, beneath the beautiful Andes mountain range, in the Los Lagos region of southern Chile. This privately-owned reserve hosts guests in various types of accommodations and organized activities for their guests. They have won multiple prestigious awards and certifications for its commitment to conservation, community integration, and sustainable tourism. Previous interns have worked in the excursions department, where they help educate guests in environmental, cultural, and outdoor education. Other interns have helped with the Reserve’s many trails and developed nature-centered activities for visiting children, also known as “los pequeños exploradores”. Interns can stay on-site at the Reserve.
Want to know more? Check ou thtis student story about interning at Huilo Huilo here!
Instituto Forestal de Chile (INFOR) is the Forest Research Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Chilean Government. Since 1965, they have been conducting research in Chilean forest ecosystems, with 7 research stations throughout the country. Internships are offered in a research station in Chiloé Island or in Concepción. During an internship, a student will learn about ecological restoration with native tree species through a combination of practical work and data analyses in the context of many current research projects. Interns are received all year for 3-6 months.
CLEAR is a community-based organization formed in 2012 with the objective of creating greater awareness on the importance of conservation on the Moyog River. One ongoing project is the implementation of sustainable pig waste management for local communities that depend on the animal husbandry for living. CLEAR also helps communities implement hydropower. Interns will work with volunteers to assist in pig waste management projects, work with youths in monitoring the Myog river, and assist in documenting the process. Applicants with a background in Environmental Science, Engineering, construction, or farm management.
- Gorilla Guardians Village, Rwanda
Gorilla Guardians (formerly Iby'Iwacu Cultural Village) is a non-profit umbrella organization located in the northern province of Rwanda. The project aims at improving the lives of reformed poachers and communities around Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park through provision of conservation incentives, supporting community enterprise development and livelihood based projects. Projects include livelihood changes for reformed poachers, conservation support, and enterprise development, with room for new research projects. The area has a good road network, water, internet and electricity, with the major town of Musanze just 15-20 minutes away. Interns should have integrated conservation and development skills, a willingness to become familiar with village areas and people, an ability to take initiative, and be able to adapt to areas where English is not a primary language. Interns will be accommodated in the village until suitable accommodation has been found.
Check back soon for more information on these two internships!
If you have conducted research as an undergraduate or graduate and want to share your projects at conferences, we can help with that as well. Previous CoF students have attended conferences in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and other locations.
If you would like to undertake research or wish to attend a conference abroad and are looking for funding, apply for the Dean's Fund Award. Available for both undergrad and graduate CoF students, you can apply for funding for your international experience. Click here for more information on the Dean's Fund.