The Deering Estate is constantly seeking outstanding undergraduate and recent graduate students to participate in a multitude of research and hands-on training internship opportunities. Internships opportunities include but are not limited to topics in Education & Curriculum, Conservation & Research, Special Events & Visitor’s Services, and Journalism & Public Affairs. Students or recent graduates will need to commit no less than 10 hours per week for 16 weeks and complete a Miami-Dade County volunteer background check.

For MDPROS volunteer application click here.

For internship information, click here.

For other volunteer or internship information, email Vanessa Trujillo.

Previous Interns & Their Experiences

“My project, The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to document Published Studies at Deering Estate, deals with the accessibility of research studies done on site. The goals of this work are to locate publications and to create an interactive map as a database for finding research done in natural areas specific to Deering Estate and South Florida. In doing this, its it my hope that there will be more attention given to the parks dedication to preservation of its natural areas from the community, state, and national level. My background in Civil Engineering, allowed me to hold an internship where I worked with GIS programs to create maps used in proposals for FDOT contracts in North Florida. Currently, I am exploring career and academic opportunities in Natural Resource Management and Earth Systems Science.” – Rose

“In Spring 2017, I conducted a research project at Deering Estate through the Tropical Conservation Internship program at FIU. For my project, I mapped the locations and densities of gopher tortoise burrows in the pine rockland component of the Estate. This information gave the park a better understanding of gopher tortoise populations within its boundaries, and the project as a whole allowed me to experience my first field research. My time at Deering has strengthened my desire to explore the wonders of the natural world, and allowed me to share what I know with the next generation of environmental scientists through Deering’s education programs. I am currently working to complete my undergraduate education at FIU, and in the future I hope to conduct more research.” – Frank

“During my time working in Deering Estate as an intern, I conducted research on the effects of a wetland restoration project. I went out on kayaks with other interns to sites out in Deering Estate’s waters to collect data on the ecological conditions of the coast. The experience working on the monitoring project in Deering Estate taught me how to conduct scientific research, working with management, presenting my findings, and many other skills. Currently, I am finishing a B.S. in Biological Sciences at Florida International University. I hope to use my education and experience to continue a career in science, education, and conservation.” – Kevin

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