Internship Program

Internship and Scholarship Program  


Learn on the job in one of the most spectacular and wild settings in the lower 48 states. Interns help HFF accomplish a large amount of field work in the world-renowned wild trout fisheries of the Henry’s Fork watershed, just minutes away from Yellowstone National Park and a short drive from Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole. 

Interns work throughout the watershed—including the legendary fly fishing area of Harriman State Park—on essential research, restoration, and education projects. Interns electrofish and check fish traps to gather fisheries data, survey streams, protect riparian areas by maintaining cattle fences, help with habitat restoration projects, engage in environmental education, and document their experiences through the HFF Intern Blog.

All of HFF’s university internships are funded through generous contributions from individual donors and are tied to specific universities. HFF hosts interns from Virginia’s Washington and Lee University, New York’s Colgate University and St. Lawrence University, and California’s Stanford University. In addition, the Don. C. Byers Memorial Scholarship funds an internship for a high school or college student from our local watershed. Watch this page for information about the 2017 interns.



Available Internships  


2019 Internships

*Please note: All of HFF's university internships are funded through generous contributions from individual donors and are tied to specific universities or regions.

*Washington & Lee University Internship

*Colgate University Internship

*Stanford University Internship

*St. Lawrence University Internship

*Don C. Byers Memorial Internship (for students from Madison, Sugar-Salem, South Fremont, North Fremont, or Teton high schools)

Irrigation and Farm Management Internship

Meet Our 2018 Interns  

Frannie Nelson (Colgate University):  I am from Seattle, Washington and a rising sophomore at Colgate University, hoping to study Environmental Biology, Geology and Spanish. The minute I saw the Henry's Fork Internship opportunity, I was ecstatic. Not only would I get the chance to enjoy and learn about the ecology of the river, but understand how to protect it as well. Not to mention the fascinating geology that surrounds Ashton! The community both the Henry's Fork and the Teton River have created is incredible: the love for this area and the rivers in particular is so strong and eager. I am beyond excited to explore and take in everything this organization and the outdoors have to offer!

Sonja Wolke (St. Lawrence University)I am an Environmental Studies-Sociology major and Spanish minor entering my junior year at St. Lawrence University. I’m excited about my internship with HFF this summer because it allows me to combine my interest in photography and videography with my love for the outdoors. I also enjoy kayaking, swimming, and drawing—especially fish! I’m looking forward to working at Henry’s Fork this summer and learning about the river’s importance to the region while contributing to the foundation’s cause through my work.

Liz Todd (Washington and Lee University)I am a rising senior at Washington and Lee University. I am a Geology and Environmental Studies double major and I hope to pursue graduate work in those fields. My interest in conservation began two summers ago when I worked for another non-profit in Island Park, Idaho. It was there that I was first introduced to the Henry’s Fork Foundation and the integral work they do in the watershed, community and region. My work this summer will primarily involve water marketing and ArcGIS modeling and I am excited to be a part of the team! 


Zach Clayton (Stanford University):  Halfway through Stanford, I realized now would be a good time to decide what to do after college; therefore, I can't wait to immerse myself in water resources management with HFF! Hailing from Boise, I love the great state of Idaho. After working on a ranch near home for the past two summers, I’m eager to explore southeastern Idaho’s abundance of outdoor adventures. On campus, I enjoy repairing bikes for the community, competing in intramural sports, and leading backpacking trips for local high school students. As a Civil and Environmental Engineering major, I hope to ultimately foster a sustainable, mutually-beneficial relationship between humanity and the natural world. A short-term goal? Monitor and protect trout habitat – and land a few big ones in the process!


Kamberlee Allison (Don C. Byers Intern):  I am currently studying Biology with an emphasis in Zoology at BYU-Idaho and will graduate in December 2018. I have lived in Rexburg for most of my life and greatly benefited from living within the Henry’s Fork Watershed. I grew up swimming, boating, and hiking in the area and am an avid fan of the outdoors.  I am so excited that HFF has given me the opportunity to give back and protect the water system that is the lifeblood of my community. I’ve always wanted to work in conservation, and I look forward to learning more about the inner workings of an effective non-profit organization. 


Drew Barnard (A. Paul Knight Scholar, Washington and Lee University Intern):  I am a rising senior at Washington and Lee University with a major in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. I have always been very interested in conservation and earth sciences so this internship was a perfect fit for me. I’m looking forward to gaining research experience in a professional setting with my advisor throughout this summer in one of the most beautiful places in the world. My research for this summer will be focused on water quality from Big Springs down to the Island Park Reservoir.

Intern Blog  

Follow the interns online as they blog about their experiences.