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  


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


If you are a local student -- Don C. Byers Memorial Scholarship (Internship)


2016 Interns


Meet our winter and summer interns for 2016!  

 James Chandler (St. Lawrence University): I grew up exploring the mountains and streams of southern Vermont and, consequently, developed a deep passion for the outdoors.  I have traveled around the world, experiencing a variety of ecosystems and cultures along the way.  My passion for the outdoors led me to pursue a degree in biology at St. Lawrence University and upon graduation I took a job as a National Crew Leader with the Student Conservation Association, a job that provided ample opportunity to experience intimately the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park and satisfied my desire to be outdoors.  During high school I began developing my abilities as a photographer and my camera has been a loyal companion on my adventures ever since.  I look forward to exploring the Henry’s Fork and working with the Foundation for the winter.  Follow James' blog to learn more about his experience this winter and spring!






Chi Nguyen (Colgate University)Having grown up in an urban setting and currently engaging in a laboratory research project on molecular biology at Colgate University, I have very little exposure to the outdoors and fieldwork. However, I am determined to challenge myself out of my comfort zone and gain a wide range of skill sets in the biological field. When I came across the internship opportunity with the Henry’s Fork Foundation, I jumped at the chance to conduct fieldwork and expose myself to the beauty and diversity of nature in the Greater Yellowstone area. As an international student from Vietnam, this is also a great opportunity for me to travel to a whole different world of wildlife, ecosystem and culture. I wish to develop science-based skills and enjoy the magnificent nature of Ashton while working with the Foundation this summer. You can read all about Chi's intern experience through her intern blog here.





 Reid Calhoun (Washington and Lee University): I grew up fishing and hunting in Georgia and fell in love with fly-fishing after catching my first red on the saltwater flats. After a NOLS trip in the Wind River Range, I decided that I wanted to spend as much time as I could outside along the great rivers and mountains of the USA, especially in the west. I am greatly concerned with the future of our planet and resources, and hope to do as much as I can to be a part of the solution. I currently study Chemistry-Engineering and Spanish at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Aside from outdoor activities, I enjoy flat picking guitar with a bluegrass group and jamming to southern rock tunes with friends.  You can learn more about Reid and his summer with HFF by reading his intern blog here.






  Justin Appleby (Stanford University):  I grew up in New York and then Massachusetts with a love for science.  When I moved to the west coast to attend Stanford University, I discovered my love for the outdoors, which up until then had been mostly dormant.  I have been on dozens of hiking, camping and skiing trips ever since.  A Civil and Environmental Engineering student, I hope to apply what I learn in school toward the conservation of this planet, particularly the American West, however possible.  I have gone fly fishing a few times, and always have a blast, but there are limited opportunities to fly fish during school.  This summer, I hope to immerse myself in the fishing culture of the Henry’s Fork Watershed and learn more.  My project with HFF is to improve their water-monitoring network by making data they collect visible and up-to-date on their website.  Read Justin's blog to learn more about his experience this summer.





  Hunter Hill (Byers Intern):  I grew up right here in Fremont County and living only one mile south of the Henry's Fork I of course fell in love with fishing. My parents raised me with a knowledge and love for all things that are outdoors. My love for fishing and the outdoors has led me to this great internship where I will constantly be surrounded by these things. I have recently graduated from South Fremont High School in St. Anthony, Idaho and am very excited to dive into this new chapter in my life. I very much look forward to meeting new people and further exploring the Henry's Fork and what lies in its waters. Follow Hunter's blog to learn more about his experience working with HFF.






Intern Blog  

Follow the interns online as they blog about their experiences.