Friends of Patuxent
Supporting Research, Wildlife Conservation, and Education at the Patuxent Research Refuge
Internship and Education Fund
The Internship and Education Fund of Friends of Patuxent is used to support student or recent graduate interns at both the Patuxent Research Refuge and the Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Refuge. Interns provide much-needed assistance to the Refuge and Science Center, and gain valuable experience in the process.
If you would like to help Friends of Patuxent support interns at the Refuge and Science Center, please click here to make a donation to the Fund.
“At the refuge, I worked with both the biology team and maintenance crew to gain a better understanding of refuge management. I obtained and practiced exceptional environmental education and interpretation skills at the National Wildlife Visitor Center and North Tract. This internship provided me with a well-rounded resume for future jobs and to this day was one of the greatest learning experiences I have had.”
“Working through the Hispanic Access Foundation, my internship at Patuxent Research Refuge gave me the opportunity to learn about the diversity of jobs in the conservation field. Most importantly, it gave me the tools I needed to take the next step with my career. At Patuxent, I assisted with bilingual (Spanish/English) programs and Latinx outreach, which helped me to obtain a job with the National Audubon Society.”
Jorge Abraham (Abe) Lopez Trejo (Former Refuge Intern)
“During my summer internship, I worked mostly with school groups and children between the ages of 3 to 10, giving interpretative programs about the nature in their backyard. The best thing about the internship was that I got to meet all of the different staff on the refuge, including the maintenance team and the biologists. The internship changed my life and my career path, in the best way.”