About Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Founded in 1943 to protect migratory birds, the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is made up of over 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, maritime forest and marsh on Assateague Island. The refuge is home to waterfowl and various other animals and plants, including its famous wild horses. The refuge helps restore threatened and endangered species, and provides environmental education to the public.

Intern placement at Chincoteague is based on skills and interest. Participants can choose summer interpretative internships (communicating the refuge's mission to the public), spring/summer environmental education internships (preparing the environmental education curricula and assisting with teacher workshops) or summer field research assistant/wildlife management internships (researching and collecting data on the piper plover). Interns may also participate in other refuge management programs.


Open to college juniors and seniors, recent graduates and grad students with a background in wildlife biology, general biology, natural resource management, ecology or a related field. Good communication and writing abilities, keen observational and recording skills, a willingness to work with people, and a valid driver's license are required.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

  • Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
  • Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
  • P.O. Box 62
  • Chincoteague, VA 23336
  • Phone: (757) 336-6122


  • Number of Interns: Less than 10
  • Compensation/Benefits: Paid
  • Duration: N/A
  • Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


  • Richmond, VA