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  


2018 Internships:

Stanford University: Software and Web Development Intern

Colgate University: River Resources Field Intern

Washington and Lee University: Water Quality Intern

St. Lawrence University: Photography and Videography Intern

Don C. Byers Internship: Open to Students from the Henry's Fork Watershed

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

Meet Our 2017 Interns  


Maggie Dunn (Colgate University):  I am a rising junior at Colgate University with a major in Environmental Geography and a minor in Philosophy. My area of interest is in water conservation so I’m particularly excited for my time at HFF because there may never be a more important time to learn about the ecological processes and physical properties of water. HFF offers me this unique opportunity in the variety of work that I will be doing for them this summer as an intern.





Elliot Martin (St. Lawrence University)I am a rising senior at St. Lawrence, studying math and computer science. My searches for a summer internship led me to the Henry’s Fork Foundation because I wanted to combine my technical skills with my passions for the outdoors. I am an avid snowboarder, rock climber, and hiker. This year I guided rock climbing trips in Joshua Tree National Park, the Adirondacks in New York, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My powder pursuits brought me to the Chic-Choc Mountains of the Gaspee Peninsula in Canada and many weekend trips to Jay Peak, Vermont.





Sam Cochran (Washington and Lee University)I am a rising senior at Washington and Lee University from Birmingham, Alabama. I have always been interested in earth science and conservation, so my experience as an intern at HFF so far has been enriching, to say the least. I am doing a lot of fieldwork, mainly taking water samples (testing for turbidity, suspended sediment concentration, etc.) and administering creel surveys to anglers at many of the popular fishing spots. 




Zac Espinosa (Stanford University):  I am a rising junior at Stanford University. I study computer science and hope to pursue a masters in applied physics. This summer I have found a group of individuals whose work and passions are indistinguishable. At the Henry’s Fork Foundation the river is our lab, the outdoors is our home, and protecting all of it is our mission. With my third week in Ashton coming to a close, I realize more and more how valuable the Henry’s Fork Foundation is to the river, community, and its visitors. I am excited to contribute to their cause and hope to have a lasting impact.




Gary Anderson (Byers Intern):  I am currently studying Human Biology at BYU-Idaho and expect to graduate in July 2018. I have lived in the Ashton area for most of my life and many of my childhood memories revolve around the Henry's Fork! I have spent many summers cliff jumping, boating, hiking, swimming, and in general exploring the vast river and stream system that is the Henry's Fork. I look forward to the opportunity to explore more of South Eastern Idaho and learn how to protect and take care of rivers, streams, and wildlife.

Intern Blog  

Follow the interns online as they blog about their experiences.