FIU Institute of Environment seeks student intern

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The FIU Institute of Environment is seeking a motivated student intern to support an important conservation project for summer 2020.

The student will help develop an identification guide to West African Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, parts and derivatives. The guide will be used by local law enforcement officers at border crossings, ports and airports. This is a great opportunity for students interested in conservation, wildlife trade policy, practical enforcement matters and boots on the ground conservation.


  • Compile a list of relevant species.
  • Think critically about species trade and the parts/derivatives most likely to be encountered by control officers in the field.
  • Create a photographic (with text) pocket guide that can be distributed to border control agencies throughout the region.

The guide will be drafted in English first, but also made available in French and Portuguese. A Portuguese or French-speaking student would be a plus (but not required).

This is an unpaid opportunity. However, the student will get the chance to have their name appear as one of the compilers of the guide in the final product. The guide will be produced by the end of the summer and delivered the fall. Motivated students are encouraged to work with Matt Shirley to look for the means to support their participation at these training events in West Africa.

If you are interested, please send your CV to Matt Shirley at

Deadline to apply is May 27, 2020.